Kent Muer’s future alma mater, the University of Colorado at Boulder, opened its doors in 1877, and in addition to offering a 4-year university education, also established a preparatory school on campus, to prepare students, as there were few high schools in Colorado at the time, and those that did exist did not prepare students for higher post-secondary academics. From the beginning, UCB was a coeducational institution. Renowned architect Charles Klauder created the distinctive architecture of UCB’s original buildings, known as the Old Main, built in 1876, and Macky Auditorium, opened in 1923.
Originally known as Tuscan Vernacular Revival in appearance, Klauder updated the familiar Gothic appearance which mimicked East Coast schools, and innovated a new exterior of textured sandstone walls and red-tiled roofs of multiple levels. Indiana limestone trimmed what became a unified style used in the design of fifteen campus buildings erected before 1939.
The sandstone used in nearly all the campus building exteriors came from different quarries in the Front Range of the Rockies, and the result continues to stun students and visitors alike. Travel & Leisure magazine name the Boulder University campus as one of the most beautiful in the US in 2011.
Kent Muer’s enrollment at the Boulder campus of the University of Colorado offered the Engineering Center, 660,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories and computing facilities, with six engineering departments: Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. CU at Boulder houses the nation’s largest geotechnical centrifuge, ion implantation and microwave propagation facilities. In addition, spectrometers, electron microscopes and a structural analysis facility call the Engineering Center home.
Consulting is more about long term business relationships than it is about one particular job or another. Consultants survive often by juggling multiple clients at the same time. While contractors are often hired to perform a specific job, consultants are expected to be always-available professionals who can help a business with all problems, big or small. Consultants have two jobs: one for the client, and one for themselves. The work they do for the client is what gets them paid and keeps them in a position for more work; the work they do for themselves involves developing relationships with loyal customers in order to keep their business running. Many veteran consultants argue that the work they do for themselves is most important.
Technical skill is what brought you to the consulting business. If you don’t have the skills that clients want to pay for, you don’t have a future in consulting, no matter what industry you work in. However, technical skill only allows you to complete one job at a time for your client. Networking and having the ability to please clients with your communication skills as well as your talent is what allows you to stay in business.
Kent Muer is an artistic consulting working and living in Aspen, Colorado. Muer has worked for many different clients in the area on projects ranging from interior design to buying artwork. Muer developed his artistic talent during his time at Colorado University. From there, he decided to work for himself as a consultant.
Backpacking, unlike car camping, requires you to pack all of your necessary gear on your back. If you have ever car camped, you know that you can’t possibly bring everything on your back instead of in your car. You’ll have to ditch the camping stove, your bulky sleeping bag, and your grocery bags of food. Luckily, there are many ways to carry almost all of your normal comforts of car camping with you into the wilderness when you backpack. The key to a successful backpacking experience is to carry the least amount of gear as necessary. This will keep your pack lighter, but still allow you to camp in comfort and style.
There are many common miniaturized items specifically designed for backpackers. One common item that many backpackers rely on to survive in the wild is the collapsible camp stove. These small, lightweight stoves have one burner, a small fuel reservoir, often detachable, and a small stand or wind blocker. These stoves get hot enough to thoroughly cook food while burning less fuel than larger camp stoves. Compact tents are a mainstay for experienced backpackers as well. Backpacking tents are usually designed for one or two people and are designed to fold up and fit into a pack in order to conserve space.
Kent Muer is an artistic consultant living and working in Aspen, Colorado. He loves to backpack in the mountains surrounding his adoptive town and spends many summer weeks exploring the high valleys, forests, and rivers of central Colorado.