Sina Solouksaran- The Banished Mountain Biker

What would you do to fulfill your potential and follow your dreams? In the spring of 2017 Sina Solouksaran, was fit and focused. Banished...

Build it and They Will come

  “Morning, Ed.  Hey, what are you doing this weekend?”  I inquired over the phone. “Nothing, what’s up?”  Ed responded. “You want...

Just North of Town

  Beyond the Iron Curtain of refinery smokestacks in North Salt Lake, there lies ample opportunity for mountain bikers to explore developing trail systems...

Summer Beer Review

  New Brews to Keep Your Summer Tasty The mountains are green, the air is hot, and your beer better be cold. Summer is in full swing in Utah and our state’s...

Superette Crack and the Dove Creek Wall

  An excerpt from Luke Mehall’s upcoming book, The Desert     We had some unfinished business before we embarked on developing...



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From the Silver Dollar Bar to the Bears Ears Education Center

From the Silver Dollar Bar to the Bears Ears Education Center

  The small desert town of Bluff, Utah is experiencing a canyon country renaissance. A dozen new tourist cabins are going up. A 54-unit resort is being built. A former trading post is a thriving restaurant, and the old Silver Dollar Bar built in 1955 has found new life as a forthcoming Bears Ears Education […]

Bike Beast

Bike Beast

A few years ago I went to the Air and Space Museum in DC and was excited to see that they had an original Wright Brothers’ bike there; it was a great reminder that not only did these bike builders use their experience to create manned flight, but also that despite the fact that bikes […]

The Camping Compromise

The Camping Compromise

  Nothing ruins a carefully-curated outdoorsy image faster than having a child, and camping is the first activity that fades into the Outer Darkness. I determined this while purchasing something I once swore I would never buy – a camper. In scripture, Outer Darkness is a place in which a person, generally of the wicked […]

Sina Solouksaran- The Banished Mountain Biker

Sina Solouksaran- The Banished Mountain Biker

What would you do to fulfill your potential and follow your dreams? In the spring of 2017 Sina Solouksaran, was fit and focused. Banished from Iran in 2011 due to religious persecution he’d endured years of uncertainty as a refugee. 2016 saw him working a fulltime job and racing in Colorado where he competed in […]

Build it and They Will come

Build it and They Will come

  “Morning, Ed.  Hey, what are you doing this weekend?”  I inquired over the phone. “Nothing, what’s up?”  Ed responded. “You want to head to Cedar City to mountain bike?” “Cedar City?  Mountain biking?  I didn’t know Cedar City had any riding. Mike, we live in Park City.  There’s a ton of biking here.” “I […]

Just North of Town

Just North of Town

  Beyond the Iron Curtain of refinery smokestacks in North Salt Lake, there lies ample opportunity for mountain bikers to explore developing trail systems and escape the crowded core of the central Wasatch.  The drive to Davis County is often performed by commuters searching for a paycheck rather than by bikers with an eye for […]

Summer Beer Review

Summer Beer Review

  New Brews to Keep Your Summer Tasty The mountains are green, the air is hot, and your beer better be cold. Summer is in full swing in Utah and our state’s breweries are churning out seasonal brews that are light and refreshing. Perhaps you’re tailgating at a trailhead after a long mountain bike ride. […]

Superette Crack and the Dove Creek Wall

Superette Crack and the Dove Creek Wall

  An excerpt from Luke Mehall’s upcoming book, The Desert     We had some unfinished business before we embarked on developing this new wall, way, way back in a forgotten corner of this land we call Indian Creek. There was another wall, The Dove Creek Wall that we’d been developing in the main canyon. […]

Team Lung Butter

Team Lung Butter

  I’m not an athlete. But when I strap a number plate to the front of my mountain bike, I sure feel like one. The difference is athletes enter races to win. I enter races for the promise of free beer at the finish line. But despite my indifference (and physical limitations) to making the […]

Bombers Below the Grand Canyon's Rim

Bombers Below the Grand Canyon’s Rim

  When we think of adventure, we normally do not think of war, of leaving home, of kissing a pretty girl perhaps for the last time. When we think of adventure we do not think of defending our country and taking a long lingering look at the Southwest and the canyons that we love. My […]

The Outdoor Industry and Guns

The Outdoor Industry and Guns

REI Boycott of Vista Outdoors Products- A Recipe For Change?   In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting there was the expected prayers and platitudes by conservative politicians and strong calls for more stringent gun control laws by liberal lawmakers, but this episode seemed different:  kids got fired up, and their speeches and […]

Scramble On!

Scramble On!

  Story and Photos by Jay Dash   There I was, fingertips gripped on the quartzite rock, heart pumping as if it wanted to burst out of my chest, climbing what felt like a straight vertical wall of rock with no end in sight. I wondered, how did I get to this no fall zone […]

Running The Middle Fork of the Salmon

Running The Middle Fork of the Salmon

  Photos by Benj Wadsworth Boating—a word that most runners loathe—it can mean everything from floating on a placid lake to an ocean-sailing crossing to a Caribbean cruise ship.  But to a runner it pretty much means one thing:  a complete lack of exercise.  As a result, runners tend to avoid watercraft at all costs […]

Winging it to Adventure

Winging it to Adventure

“I’ll fly over the landing strip to scope it out.”   “That?  It’s a dirt road!” I pointed to the weed-filled, unmaintained dirt road. “Looks good.  Let’s land.” Who was I to argue?  I had zero control over the situation at hand.  I had to trust my friend and pilot Nadim to safely land his […]

War- What is it Good For?

War- What is it Good For?

(Excerpted from The Desert, due out later this year, or next year)   I scribbled that on the back of my car, shortly after 9-11, and George W and our government started sounding the war drums in Iraq. There was little chance I’d go to war, a much bigger chance that I’d go to the […]