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HEALTH & FITNESS

HEALTH & FITNESS

Base Training and Injury Prevention for Skiing

Beer Me: The Adventurous Side of Utah Brewing

Beer Me: The Adventurous Side of Utah Brewing

As the last golden rays of sunlight faded behind the ridge, we began our descent. The rappels below awaited us as we hurriedly built an anchor and lowered into the twilight. The day’s adventure had begun with a 6 a.m. wake up call to grab gear and meet at the Little Cottonwood park-n-ride. Destination: The […]

The Guide’s Corner

The Guide’s Corner

Diversity. That seems to be the main word when we asked about the climbing opportunities in Utah. So many different types of rock, routes to climb and techniques- from the desert to the high alpine, and everything in between. We polled a few guides from different parts of the state and gained some insight into […]

Extreme Sports–Are the athletes and their sponsors going too far?

Extreme Sports–Are the athletes and their sponsors going too far?

Back in March of this year, the extreme sports world lost one of its brightest stars when Shane McConkeys equipment malfunctioned during a ski BASE jump in Italy. He was to ski off of a cliff, perform a double back flip, and then release his skis by pulling on the release mechanism of the bindings […]

Motorized Coalition, Environmentalists Disagree on Access Issues

Motorized Coalition, Environmentalists Disagree on Access Issues

Motorized Coalition, Environmentalists Disagree on Access Issues In early May of this year in southern Utah’s Kane County, over 100 off-road vehicles rallied to drive up the Paria River in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Although the governing body, Bureau of Land Management, had clearly stated that the action was illegal, riders staging the […]

Cheating the Keeper in Neon Canyon

Cheating the Keeper in Neon Canyon

I have been itching to do some real canyoneering for years, everyone at work knows about this odd obsession and my friends regularly take a jab at my ambitions. The closest I have come so far has been walking through slots that I thought of as tourist hikes. You didn’t need ropes, there was no […]

Ogden’s Future Climbing Cred

Ogden’s Future Climbing Cred

“There are people in the community who think climbing is a frivolous and unimportant activity. We have to counter that with being especially good stewards of the resource.” –Jeff Lowe Jeff is responding to the pesky old question for climbers; access issues? Ogden has long offered superb climbing to its local ascenders but the storied […]

Boulder Mountain Trout by Bike

Boulder Mountain Trout by Bike

Venturing into the southern regions of Utah during late summer, there is a palpable sense of desolation. But as one approaches the town of Bicknell on State Road 24, a looming swell appears on the horizon- a distant, hazy blue plateau that seems to rise into the stratosphere and dwarfs the surrounding hills. This is […]

Slacklining from Beginner to Highline

Slacklining from Beginner to Highline

Chances are, even if you are not into the climbing scene where the sport has developed, you’ve seen people walking on the slackline around the area. Brought up and developed by the climbing crowd, slackline is gaining in popularity amongst people for refining balance, developing their core muscles, or just to have fun. Unfamiliar? Usually […]

Buckskin Gulch: Stepping  into the  World  of Slots

Buckskin Gulch: Stepping into the World of Slots

Let’s be honest, slot canyons can be intimidating. In fact, they can be downright scary. The prospect of rappelling into a claustrophobic slot with no sure way out, that’s enough to make anyone nervous. Or how about swimming through a cold, muddy pool of water when you can’t see below the surface? Perhaps the most […]

Zion Rock Climbing Into the Modern Era

Zion Rock Climbing Into the Modern Era

Aid climbing: pulling oneself up via devices attached to fixed or placed protection to make upward progress, generally reserved for pitches where free climbing is difficult to impossible–Ed. When most people think of climbing in Zion National Park, their minds drift to thoughts of soft, crumbly rock or being scared to death on steep, exposed […]

Flyfishing Patagonia

Flyfishing Patagonia

Depart Salt Lake City 11:30am, 5 hour layover in Atlanta, red-eye to Santiago, overnight in Santiago, 4 hour flight to Balmaceda Chile, topped off with a 2 ½ hour drive and we had arrived at the Patagonia Drifters Granite Canyon lodge just outside the small town of Mañihuales in the Aisén region of Chile. Just […]

Is it time to add new activities to your  cycling training repertoire?

Is it time to add new activities to your cycling training repertoire?

Armstrong attacks on l’Alpe d’Huez, and his 3rd Tour De France victory is in the record books… Lance Armstrong has continued to shock the cycling world, working harder and getting better year after year. After the 2001 Tour, when Armstrong showed tremendous power and agility on his breakaway from Jan Ullrich and the rest of […]

Profiles

Profiles

In 1817 German Baron Karl von Drais invented his Laufmaschine, or running machine. Made of wood and weighing 48 pounds, it had no pedals or drive-train, rather you straddled it and walked. Thought to be some sort of replacement for a horse- and dubbed a hobby- horse or dandy horse, it fell out of popularity […]

Editor’s Choice: Summer trail running shoe review–Five fast running shoes for ‘09

Editor’s Choice: Summer trail running shoe review–Five fast running shoes for ‘09

Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX, $118 >> salomon.com Salomon, whose U.S headquarters are in Ogden, makes a serious push into the trail running market, and offers an equally serious shoe in the 3D Ultra GTX. Salomon now has 10 models within their trail running line, with a shoe for all conditions and uses. As […]