True Confessions on the Hermit Trail

Ed Abbey and I traveled all over the Southwest. I was a college sophomore and Desert Solitare had been in print for only four years. I kept...

Backcountry Skiing in the West Desert

You’ve had it happen before. You get up at a seemingly early time, make your coffee, drive your geared up car to the base of Little Cottonwood...

Powders of Persuasion

Story and Photos By Luke Mehall   Note: this piece is an excerpt from the author’s upcoming book, The Desert, due out later this year.   My college...

Ancestral Passages- The Future of Southeastern Utah

In my Dad’s Land Cruiser, I exited I-70 and turned onto Highway 24, heading south, my spring break adventure about to start....

Westminster Expedition- Not Your Average Road Trip

Stories are powerful. Stories are the lens through which we view the world around us. Stories distill the complexity of the world...



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True Confessions on the Hermit Trail

True Confessions on the Hermit Trail

Ed Abbey and I traveled all over the Southwest. I was a college sophomore and Desert Solitare had been in print for only four years. I kept a cheap, dog-eared copy in my red Kelty external frame backpack and everywhere I hitchhiked across the Southwest, there was Ed. We had great conversations. We hitchhiked across […]

Put a Sticker on it

Put a Sticker on it

The perfect location is inside the door, right below the sliding lock. This spot ensures the most visibility as it’s just above eye level. Everyone who comes inside will be forced to look at it. A captive audience. I peel the backing off and carefully place a sticker atop dozens of others, hiding the competition. […]

Backcountry Skiing in the West Desert

Backcountry Skiing in the West Desert

You’ve had it happen before. You get up at a seemingly early time, make your coffee, drive your geared up car to the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon, and the line of cars is already waiting for you. You wanted serenity, and you got the opposite: a line of cars containing increasingly aggro skiers, each […]

Powders of Persuasion

Powders of Persuasion

Story and Photos By Luke Mehall   Note: this piece is an excerpt from the author’s upcoming book, The Desert, due out later this year.   My college years in The Desert were adventurous and crazy, a complete immersion in the unknown. After I graduated I began to roam from climbing area to climbing area, […]

The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking

Ok, this is getting real. It’s the first week of January, and we’ve got a 2-foot “base” of unsupportable facets in the backcountry and bulletproof manmade punctuated by rocks and stumps at the resorts. These are the times that test skiers’ patience; will I crack? Most of us choose to live in the shadow of […]

Ancestral Passages- The Future of Southeastern Utah

Ancestral Passages- The Future of Southeastern Utah

In my Dad’s Land Cruiser, I exited I-70 and turned onto Highway 24, heading south, my spring break adventure about to start. I had just flown home from graduate school to visit my parents and to seek a little rest and relaxation in canyon country. It had been a while. Schooling in the Midwest has […]

Westminster Expedition- Not Your Average Road Trip

Westminster Expedition- Not Your Average Road Trip

Stories are powerful. Stories are the lens through which we view the world around us. Stories distill the complexity of the world into digestible narratives that inform our values and actions every day. And in our travels, we heard lots of stories. This past fall Westminster College sent 14 students, two professors, and a program […]

Park City- Prepared for the Future?

Park City- Prepared for the Future?

As a small child living in Pleasant Grove I would anxiously await our annual visit to Park City. We would stay in my Grandma’s condo, and I thought the little mountain town was on a different planet than my home in Utah County. When I was 12 and snowboarding became the center of my life, […]

Remembering the Goddess of Glen Canyon- Katie Lee

Remembering the Goddess of Glen Canyon- Katie Lee

Katie Lee was 89 when I met her at her cottage in Jerome, Arizona and just as feisty as ever. A former singer songwriter and folksinger, Katie had spent her life stretching boundaries and living on her own terms whether it was hiking in Glen Canyon wearing only red Keds and a large straw hat, […]

Diffusing an Explosive Situation in Bears Ears National Monument

Diffusing an Explosive Situation in Bears Ears National Monument

We were about thirty minutes into our adventure and five minutes away from finding the explosives. I looked back to my companion for this adventure—a BLM law enforcement officer, packing a gun and everything—and asked if he was doing alright. He was just fine, and minutes later we were checking out the explosives. “You moved […]

2017/2018 Speaker Series at Snowbird

2017/2018 Speaker Series at Snowbird

Utah Adventure Journal, in conjunction with Snowbird Resort is pleased to announce the 2017/2018 Adventure Speaker Series, taking place at the Wildflower Lounge at the Iron Blosam Lodge at Snowbird, on seven Thursday nights this winter.  Come and meet some prominent adventurers, and hear their motivating and inspiring tales of high adventure from around the […]

The Place Where My Heart Dwells

The Place Where My Heart Dwells

“The desert lies beneath and soars beyond any possible human qualification. Therefore, sublime.” – Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire   Everyone has a place, their place. The corner of the earth that reminds us we are living animals, the sweet spot of subliminal bliss. You know that place. When our piece of peace becomes more than […]

A Return To Canyon Country

A Return To Canyon Country

“Hey, Mike, what’s up?” my brother Rob asked. “You want to head to the desert this weekend?” I inquired over the phone. “The weather looks ideal.” We both began to pack. Some trips are well planned; others are spur of the moment breaks from reality. This was one of those trips.   The fall desert […]

Backpacking Buckskin Gulch

Backpacking Buckskin Gulch

The moment was peculiar, I noticed, when Matt Walker tossed an inflatable pool toy into our shopping cart. Polygamous women and girls wandered the aisles in grubby prairie dresses, wearing hair so big they could paint the ceiling by just walking beneath it. Also in the cart, an assortment of the usual last-minute trip essentials. […]

Desert Dog

Desert Dog

Chapter 1 This is the most beautiful place on earth, but of course like Cactus Ed Abbey said, every person carries in their heart an image of the ideal place, the right place. This is just the right place for me. But, right now, something is not right, and its pitch black anyways, no beauty […]