Our Favorite Things for 2014- The UAJ 99

  Burr Trail Grill and Outpost Boulder is sometimes referred to as an “end of the road town.”  That can’t be true as long as...

Our Favorite Things for 2014- The UAJ 99

The UAJ 99

  Kodachrome Basin State Park Kodachrome was named by the National Geographic Society after the then-popular color film with good reason.  The Park features 67...

The UAJ 99

The UAJ 99 of 2014

  The UAJ 99 A Non-Scientific Compilation of our Favorite Things in Utah The more we tried to cover, the more we realized we were leaving out. This is by...

The UAJ 99 of 2014

On the Rocks

  Friday evening November 8th, 2013   Jewell and Kim were crushed into the backseat of my station wagon while Julia was snuggled up front. The rest of the car...

On the Rocks

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  Switchback-Should Snowboards be Allowed at Alta?    Alta is one of three resorts in the US that denies access to snowboarders....

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Our Favorite Things for 2014- The UAJ 99

Our Favorite Things for 2014- The UAJ 99

  Burr Trail Grill and Outpost Boulder is sometimes referred to as an “end of the road town.”  That can’t be true as long as it has the Burr Trail Grill and Outpost going for it.  The crowds begin to build at the Grill around two, after another spectacular day exploring the Trail, Monument, or [...]

The UAJ 99

The UAJ 99

  Kodachrome Basin State Park Kodachrome was named by the National Geographic Society after the then-popular color film with good reason.  The Park features 67 monolithic stone spires, or pipes, which reveal sandstone layers ranging from gray to pink to deep red.  These brilliant colors are further accentuated by the deep greens of pinyon and [...]

The UAJ 99 of 2014

The UAJ 99 of 2014

  The UAJ 99 A Non-Scientific Compilation of our Favorite Things in Utah The more we tried to cover, the more we realized we were leaving out. This is by no means thought of as a definitive list, just a sampling of all the great stuff in the outdoors in Utah. Some of it isn’t [...]

On the Rocks

On the Rocks

  Friday evening November 8th, 2013   Jewell and Kim were crushed into the backseat of my station wagon while Julia was snuggled up front. The rest of the car was bursting with boxes, gear and whatever else three ladies and a guy needed for a weekend of climbing and foolery. I’d offered to drive to [...]

Switchback-Should Snowboarding be Allowed at Alta?

Switchback-Should Snowboarding be Allowed at Alta?

  Switchback-Should Snowboards be Allowed at Alta?    Alta is one of three resorts in the US that denies access to snowboarders. Earlier this winter a lawsuit was filed against Alta Ski Lifts and the US Forest Service to force the resort to open its boundaries to snowboarders, who have long been forbidden on the [...]

Training for the New Alpinism- With Steve House and Scott Johnston

Training for the New Alpinism- With Steve House and Scott Johnston

Interview: Steve House & Scott Johnston   Steve House is widely recognized as one of the leading alpinists in the world today. A strong proponent, and well known for his minimalist approach to climbing, known as ‘alpine style’ he has found success on some of the worlds biggest and toughest climbs, and claim credit for [...]

Local Secrets and the Outdoor Writers Scourge

Local Secrets and the Outdoor Writers Scourge

                                              I know about an amazing mountain bike trail in the Wasatch, somewhere between Mount Nebo and Ben Lomond Peak. It’s classic Utah singletrack – sticky, shaped dirt, banked turns, with old-growth pines [...]

Recapture Canyon: An Illegal ATV Trail and a County Request

Recapture Canyon: An Illegal ATV Trail and a County Request

                                          In Utah, the Bureau of Land Management is seeking comments on what could be a precedent-setting mistake. In 2005, Blanding residents illegally constructed a seven-mile-long, 4-foot-wide, all-terrain-vehicle trail in Recapture Canyon, damaging archaeological sites. [...]

The Fix

The Fix

  As assumed by the title of this column, a lot of my time in life is spend traveling the road, gallivanting on an outdoor junket to ride a bike, lap the lifts or earn my turns in some part of the Continental West.   The lifestyle sounds glamorous, and, admittedly, it kind of is. [...]

Interview- Todd Anders-Johnson

Interview- Todd Anders-Johnson

  Boulder, CO based band Salem is fronted by drummer Todd Anders-Johnson, who also works as a tech-rep for SLC based Voile Equipment. An avid backcountry enthusiast, Anders-Johnson will be taking the band on tour this winter with Salem bringing its original blend of hip-hop, jazz, and neo-soul to the bars, saloons, and breweries of [...]

Project Wanderlust- Part II

Project Wanderlust- Part II

  Adam is all kinds of excited. It’s 3am, Justin and I are shuffling like the walking dead around a truck stop somewhere along I-70 in search of caffeine, and I think the toothless cashier is judging us by our brightly-colored, yuppie down jackets. We’re awake at this ungodly hour as a result of “Project [...]

Powder, Corn and Champagne- A Sawtooth Ski Traverse

Powder, Corn and Champagne- A Sawtooth Ski Traverse

  Question: What is the Monolith, also known as the Rotten Monolith? Answer: It is a cone of “unbelievably rotten” granitic rock similar to compressed kitty litter located in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. According to Louis Stur’s 1962 first ascent description with Fred Beckey in the American Alpine Journal, the (Rotten) Monolith “presents a [...]

Advanced Backcountry Snacking

Advanced Backcountry Snacking

After skinning up a couple thousand feet before lunch, you aren’t exactly picky when it comes to what’s to eat. And so you find yourself, exhausted and starving, rummaging through the bottom of your pack for another protein bar or long-forgotten trail mix. Hey, you’ll eat anything at this point.   But why should you? [...]

Skating With Dad

Skating With Dad

  I’m not a downhill skier. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I’ve tried it. I can rock hotdog and pizza, and I put the latter to especially good use for much of my childhood. My lack of love for the sport might have had something to do with the iffy, wet conditions I [...]

On Ice- Some Stuff Chouinard Taught Me

On Ice- Some Stuff Chouinard Taught Me

  Yvon is eyeing a small serac at the snout of the Teton Glacier.  He asks how we might attack it, and a student heavily armed with two very shiny ice tools and new rigid crampons begins a mad display of poor front pointing and flailing until he gets to the bulging top, where both [...]