Cranking After Class: Utah High School Cycling League Takes Off

  Picture any high school athletic event, like football for example, and images cross the mind of marching bands,...

Cranking After Class: Utah High School Cycling League Takes Off

Yellowstone- A Trip for the Soul

  Life in winter is like a protein shake—the least amount of good flavor you can tolerate blended with the most amount of protein in the...

Yellowstone- A Trip for the Soul

Low Risk and High Reward- Six Days of Fast-Paced Relaxing on the Green River

  It was easy to ditch out on the tail ends of a desiccated April in the Sierra’s. Winter was...

Low Risk and High Reward- Six Days of Fast-Paced Relaxing on the Green River

The Mineral Mountains -Treasures From the Depths of a Mysterious Granite Fortress

  The Mineral Mountains are concealed from the eyes of I-15 passerby, however this southern...

The Mineral Mountains -Treasures From the Depths of a Mysterious Granite Fortress

If You Build It- The Past, Present, and Future of Trail Development in the Wasatch

  Vast and rugged, the terrain of the Wasatch is prime territory for mountain biking.  The...

If You Build It- The Past, Present, and Future of Trail Development in the Wasatch


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De Agony of De Outdoor Feet

De Agony of De Outdoor Feet

I used to have a foot fetish… until I joined a climbing gym. There’s an old saying, “climbing is not a spectator sport,” but when belaying my partner at the new Momentum in Mill Creek, I can’t help but spectate at all the distracting, gnarled, swollen feet of my fellow climbers. Everyone who’s not on [...]

Solitude on a Desert Island

Solitude on a Desert Island

I live in Southwest Utah, a unique comingling of eco-zones where the Mojave Desert, the Colorado Plateau, and the Great Basin all intersect. It is a sought after destination for world travelers because this intersection of eco-zones has created a diverse and spectacular desert landscape that holds not only stunning views and wonder, it promises [...]

The Devil Tree and Me

The Devil Tree and Me

There is a climb in Ferguson Canyon named Devil Tree. It clocks in at 5.10a although Kurt Ottmann, one of the first ascent team, told me that while not sandbagged at that rating, some might find it particularly challenging for that rating. Stuart and Bret Ruckman describe it in their guidebook Rock Climbing the Wasatch [...]

Life at the Crag

Life at the Crag

I have a hard time taking myself seriously these days. I recently left the comfort of my cozy condo on Powder Mountain Road in Eden, Utah in favor of living in an old, musty tent. I ditched luxuries like electricity, running water and wi-fi, to instead live amongst the critters of the Manti LaSal National [...]

The Antiquities Act and the Conservation Legacy of Republicans

The Antiquities Act and the Conservation Legacy of Republicans

  Why is it that the Republicans continue to ignore their own conservation heritage? The latest chest-pounding, finger pointing grandstanding has been by Utah Rep. Rob Bishop whose H.R. 1459 passed the House. His bill attempts to gut the 1906 Antiquities Act signed into law by my hero Republican President Theodore Roosevelt who used it [...]

The Departure

The Departure

I’m really good at procrastinating. I was supposed to have this column submitted last night so the magazine can go to the printer today. I was also supposed to leave for the first leg of a summer-long journey in Canada yesterday. Neither happened of course, and, as a result, both writing and packing will end [...]

Cranking After Class: Utah High School Cycling League Takes Off

Cranking After Class: Utah High School Cycling League Takes Off

  Picture any high school athletic event, like football for example, and images cross the mind of marching bands, cheerleaders, sod-covered fields, and costumed mascots. Now replace all those classic “Friday Night Lights” slices of Americana with cowbells, spandex, singletrack trails, and teams competing with each other instead of against each other, and you have [...]

Yellowstone- A Trip for the Soul

Yellowstone- A Trip for the Soul

  Life in winter is like a protein shake—the least amount of good flavor you can tolerate blended with the most amount of protein in the least amount of time. In other words, the most efficient, tolerable amount of work is balanced with maximum time on snow. Everything’s on a schedule. The ingredients are: planning [...]

Low Risk and High Reward- Six Days of Fast-Paced Relaxing on the Green River

Low Risk and High Reward- Six Days of Fast-Paced Relaxing on the Green River

  It was easy to ditch out on the tail ends of a desiccated April in the Sierra’s. Winter was in disarray and we were frothing to load up our sensory receptors on a Utah desert buffet. We kicked out of Tahoe City at dawn for the 13-hour push to Moab.   Our caravan filed [...]

The Mineral Mountains -Treasures From the Depths of a Mysterious Granite Fortress

The Mineral Mountains -Treasures From the Depths of a Mysterious Granite Fortress

  The Mineral Mountains are concealed from the eyes of I-15 passerby, however this southern Utah granite sanctuary beckons to more then just rock climbers   “Are we in Middle-Earth?” I ask my climbing mate Josh. We’re now about 30 minutes west of Beaver, Utah and I swear at any moment we’ll see a heard [...]

If You Build It- The Past, Present, and Future of Trail Development in the Wasatch

If You Build It- The Past, Present, and Future of Trail Development in the Wasatch

  Vast and rugged, the terrain of the Wasatch is prime territory for mountain biking.  The “greatest snow on Earth” melts into the streams and rivers every spring and unveils a plethora of riding opportunities for cyclists of every ilk.  Countless threads of single track weave through the landscape as if carefully pulled towards a [...]

What is ONE Wasatch?

What is ONE Wasatch?

    Wasatch Talk By Louis Arevalo   “Ski resort GM’s line up to back ‘One Wasatch” was the headline of the Salt Lake Tribune Wednesday March19, 2014. The article referred to it as an historical event. Ski Utah, the marketing group representing each of the state’s resorts, announced the ski areas of the central [...]

Harold Leich- From Grand Lake to Cataract Canyon 1933

Harold Leich- From Grand Lake to Cataract Canyon 1933

By Roy Webb Photos Courtesy Special Collections Dept., J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah   The people of Grand Junction, Colorado, were used to seeing all kinds of things floating in the Colorado River through town; trees, parts of fences, a dead cow or horse.  So no one took much notice when a tanned [...]

Canyons With No Sky

Canyons With No Sky

Story and Photos by Dennis Turville     Carmel Tunnel.  While my younger brothers were feeding/harassing chipmunks, I was staring downslope, trying to see inside the darkened convolutions of Pine Creek, utterly fascinated. I knew, right then, I was going into Pine Creek sometime.  Something very strange down there was calling my name.   And [...]

Standing Up to the Devil

Standing Up to the Devil

  Standing Up to the Devil Story and Photos by Alex Stoy Looking in the rear view mirror I can’t see a thing.  Bikes, stand up paddle boards, canyoneering gear and coolers of food and beer block the view.  Turning to the side view mirrors, a solid, yellow line, center marks Route 24, pointing back [...]