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Running with the Speedgoat: An interview with Karl Meltzer

Running with the Speedgoat: An interview with Karl Meltzer

Known as the Speedgoat, Karl Meltzer of Sandy is the most accomplished ultra-runner in the history of the sport. Karl was the young age of 28 when he ran his first ultra- the legendary Wasatch 100. Two years later he won the Wasatch 100 in record time, at the age of 30, and since then […]

The Scene: An Oral History of the early days of Mountain Biking and Racing in Utah...

The Scene: An Oral History of the early days of Mountain Biking and Racing in Utah…

Ron Lindley Racer, promoter, trail builder, etc. Park City After purchasing my first mountain bike back in 1985, I immediately started dreaming about racing. Not having any bike racing experience, I had grandiose delusions about how I would just get out there and set the World on fire. I started asking around about mountain bike […]

Book Review

Book Review

Resurrection–Glen Canyon and a New Vision for the American West By Annette McGivney Photos by James Kay 1st edition 2009 Braided River Books 169 pages Glen Canyon once harbored more prehistoric Native American archaeological sites than almost anywhere else in the Southwest (nearly three thousand were found during a hurried 1950’s pre-dam survey). In Resurrection, […]

King of the Hill (Climbs): A battle between Utah’s steepest roads

King of the Hill (Climbs): A battle between Utah’s steepest roads

And so, as Wallace Stegner–the prolific writer of the west once said– “Utah has the spine of a Stegosaurus”. Indeed with the highest average vertical relief of any state of our fine country, Utah would naturally be the presumptive winner of the state with the most…hill climbs! But alas- with so many roads to climb, […]

29(er)s Will Take Over Your World

29(er)s Will Take Over Your World

Within two years, when you pull up to a trailhead and unload your bike, you’re going to be off the back if it has 26-inch wheels. Chris Sugai is convinced of that. “Just like V-brakes they’re going to be around, but they will be the minority, I guarantee,” Sugai said. “I even made a bet, […]

Provo’s Rock Canyon and Climbing routes endangered

Provo’s Rock Canyon and Climbing routes endangered

Rock Canyon near Provo is under assault from a landowner who wished to quarry rock from the cliffs in the canyon. Long a popular site for rock climbing, and other recreational pursuits, the canyon would essentially be degraded for further pursuit of these activities. Richard Davis of Springdell owns 50% of the mining claim in […]

Moab to offer the Whole Enchilada

Moab to offer the Whole Enchilada

At the April meeting of Trail Mix, Grand County’s non-motorized trail committee, Moab mountain bike advocates (along with their hiking and equestrian brethren) enjoyed a hearty lunch of enchiladas, publicly sharing what so many mountain bikers have been secretly enjoying for years—the Whole Enchilada. The trail is a collection of routes which stretches from Burro […]

Rockstacker approved by BLM

Rockstacker approved by BLM

The old-is-new Rockstacker section of the Amasa Back trail outside Moab is aptly named. The name suggests activity on the trail’s part, and it can feel as though the terrain is intentionally stacking the odds against riders and their fragile collarbones. But following some of Moab’s more experienced and adept local riders down the route […]

Tim DeChristopher- Right or Wrong?

Tim DeChristopher- Right or Wrong?

Tim De Christopher- Right or Wrong? Back on December 19th in Salt Lake City, University of Utah student Tim De Christopher walked into a BLM land lease auction for gas and oil parcels throughout Utah on public lands, and near national parks. He was given a bidders paddle, and he proceeded to drive up the […]

Road Trip: Lava Hot  Springs

Road Trip: Lava Hot Springs

All summer the town of Lava Hot Springs bustles with the hum of tourism. Families in RV’s fish the Portneuf River, high school kids on dates float on rented tubes down the easy riffles. Old people soak in the natural thermal pools–despite the blazing sun–and about 10,000 people cram into the olympic swimming complex. Middle […]

Kayaking the Ogden Area

Kayaking the Ogden Area

As I stood and poured the water out of my kayak, watching the river careen around a blind corner downstream, I felt alone and scared. My buddy had been in the lead and didn’t see me get sucked back into the hydraulic where the pounding water imploded my skirt, filling the boat with water. I […]

Adrift on the Escalante

Adrift on the Escalante

It began with a single drop that fell from a darkening afternoon sky and slapped into the baked sandstone. It left a nickel sized stain that lingered a few seconds before evaporating, but then another fell, and another. The porous rock absorbed the drops and the features of the land turned darker and more colorful […]

Transitioning Between the Seasons

Transitioning Between the Seasons

Only in Utah… …Can you ski, bike and kayak in one day with a transition time of less than 30 minutes from leg to leg. …Can you ski some of the best runs in the world, with your pick from hundreds of local trails for a recovery bike ride to follow. …Can you learn to […]

GET READY FOR  WHITEWATER!

GET READY FOR WHITEWATER!

Just as the snow from winter begins to melt, our thoughts and plans turn to the upcoming whitewater of summer. We polled some of the local veterans with similar questions to assist with the planning of our trips for this season, and as always–there are some unanimous responses (Ray’s Tavern, Cataract Canyon, a camera, sunscreen). […]

More mountain bike trails in National Parks?

More mountain bike trails in National Parks?

When speaking about the responsibilities of being President, George W. Bush once said: “You never escape the presidency; it travels with you everywhere you go. And there’s not a moment where you don’t think about being president. Unless you’re riding mountain bikes as hard as you possibly can, trying to forget for the moment.” While […]