20 Seconds of Terror

For a photographer, the Grand Canyon is a 280-mile candy store.   Great images hide on almost every bend, and despite frantic attempts at forcing the trip...

20 Seconds of Terror

Under the Rim and Dreaming

  It’s sort of a rite of passage kind of thing; ski season ends and everyone starts to get that itch to go the desert. I get that same itch. Unfortunately,...

Under the Rim and Dreaming

Mountain Bikes in the Wilderness?

  Mountain bikes are fun, they’re quiet, and they take their riders to amazing places. So why are they banned in wilderness? It’s...

Mountain Bikes in the Wilderness?

53 Days to Climate Action

  If you would have asked me 16 years ago, I would have told you there is no road connecting a two-month self-supported mountain bike ride with running...

53 Days to Climate Action

Rescue in the Roost

Can Adventure Sports and Travel Change You? November 2015   Tyson scrambles around for his air pressure gauge trying to deflate his tires by 20 pounds.  We...

Rescue in the Roost


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Switchback- Should Mountain Bikes be Allowed in Wilderness Areas?

Switchback- Should Mountain Bikes be Allowed in Wilderness Areas?

Last summer President Obama signed the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act, creating 3 new wilderness areas in the Boulder- White Cloud Mountains of Central Idaho. The new wilderness, while mostly remote with challenging access, also closed several mountain bike trails that were held in high regard by local cyclists. The […]

20 Seconds of Terror

20 Seconds of Terror

For a photographer, the Grand Canyon is a 280-mile candy store.   Great images hide on almost every bend, and despite frantic attempts at forcing the trip to be IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME, no plan ever works; no single trip has time to hike and photograph even half of the magic side […]

Under the Rim and Dreaming

Under the Rim and Dreaming

  It’s sort of a rite of passage kind of thing; ski season ends and everyone starts to get that itch to go the desert. I get that same itch. Unfortunately, I tend to get it before the parts of the desert that I like to visit are actually warm enough to enjoy. Nonetheless, I […]

Mountain Bikes in the Wilderness?

Mountain Bikes in the Wilderness?

  Mountain bikes are fun, they’re quiet, and they take their riders to amazing places. So why are they banned in wilderness? It’s a question of great concern to Ted Stroll, who, as head of the non-profit Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC), is working to change the Wilderness Act to allow mountain bikes in some of […]

53 Days to Climate Action

53 Days to Climate Action

  If you would have asked me 16 years ago, I would have told you there is no road connecting a two-month self-supported mountain bike ride with running for federal office. But I traveled that unlikely road, and it has been one worth taking.   Back in 2000, I embarked on what was then the […]

Rescue in the Roost

Rescue in the Roost

Can Adventure Sports and Travel Change You? November 2015   Tyson scrambles around for his air pressure gauge trying to deflate his tires by 20 pounds.  We turn off Highway 24 and onto one of my favorite roads in Utah—The Maze Road—a road that takes the desert traveler to some of the “best” in Utah: […]

Switchback- Is the PLI a Fair Deal for Public Lands in Utah?

Switchback- Is the PLI a Fair Deal for Public Lands in Utah?

Certainty: Utahns Demand It By Lee Lonsberry The genesis of the Public Lands Initiative comes from the idea that economic development and conservation can coexist and flourish. This locally driven process has revealed that, not only is it possible, its what the people demand. Utahns from all walks of life have come to the table […]

Alone on the Hindu

Alone on the Hindu

  I was in midair, at the end of my rope, still 60 feet from the ground. Did I mention I was alone, in a remote canyon, with no cell phone service, and no one knew where I was? Suddenly all those Aron Ralston jokes came back to haunt me. With a sigh, I let […]

A Death in Bull Valley Gorge

A Death in Bull Valley Gorge

They were crushed between the walls of Bull Valley Gorge; killed instantly, or at least that’s what their families prayed for. The three men had crossed the gorge on Skutumpah Road’s one-lane bridge, and their pickup apparently stalled, rolled backward, and plummeted over the edge. It came to a crashing, grinding stop in the narrowest […]

Protecting Abbey Country

Protecting Abbey Country

I am sitting in front of my computer, doing what I do to make my pennies, but in a few hours, when my writing is done, and the car is packed I will head out to my favorite place in the world, the most beautiful place in the world, my second home, Indian Creek.   […]

Ridge and Boundary- Backcountry Skiing from the Uinta's North Slope Yurts

Ridge and Boundary- Backcountry Skiing from the Uinta’s North Slope Yurts

The smell of gasoline fills my nostrils, a high-pitched whine fills my ears, and a bumpy vibration fills the space between my legs. Though this may sound like a teenage boy’s fever dream, I’m actually riding on the back of a snowmobile down the closed-for-the-winter Mirror Lake Highway to the Ridge Yurt in the Uinta […]

Igloo Save

Igloo Save

Mount Warren’s north face was as yet unclimbed, winter or summer. We needed an excuse for a nine-day ski tour into the northern Wind Rivers, and a first winter ascent would be a nice coup. On top of packs towering over our heads we added rock and ice gear, easily the heaviest load I have […]

SkiMo- Where Spandex and the Backcountry Collide

SkiMo- Where Spandex and the Backcountry Collide

  You have probably seen them:  the skinny guys wearing the neon yellow boots with almost no buckles, carrying poles that are too long and packs that are too small, on kid-sized skis with toy bindings…and going past you remarkably fast up skin tracks.  “Ah” you think, as you step aside to let them swish past.   “Skimo guy.  Dork!  Why don’t […]

LaSal Nordic

LaSal Nordic

  To say I was sucking wind would be an understatement. At one point, I wasn’t even sure I was skiing. Yes, things that looked like skis were attached to my feet though they were only about an inch and a half wide. And there was certainly snow all around with views of mountain peaks, […]

Get Educated- Avalanche Education Opportunities in Utah

Get Educated- Avalanche Education Opportunities in Utah

Photos by Mike Schirf The winter mountains are a sanctuary, a world of glittering wonder. Freedom is the quiet serenity found while skinning and skiing untracked winter powder. In the realm of earned turns, notions of controlled slopes and corporate responsibly hold no validity. The mountains offer extreme opposites; mighty destruction and absolute peace. Overwhelming […]