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A Mid-Summer Dream

A Mid-Summer Dream

The Lisa Cottonwood Traverse Ten minutes after leaving the trailhead we start climbing. Water-polished granite in a steep-sided gorge requires our full attention. Scanning for hand and footholds with headlamps, our bodies and minds must wake up, although its only 4 am! Most big mountain scrambles require a long, boring slog up a trail before […]

The Swell Season

The Swell Season

“Did you hear that? Sounded like rifle reports. Take!” Squinting my eyes in the November sun a rusted landscape fell south from a soaring buttress of sandstone. Peppered by juniper and pinion trees its numerous washes and draws fanned out like fingers. Above, the molted faces of Window Blind Butte, Assembly Hall and Bottleneck Peaks […]

Heaven, Hell, and Everything in Between

Heaven, Hell, and Everything in Between

The Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run If someone tells me that an experience is part heaven and hell, I conjure images of unending purgatories, masochistic preferences, and insane people who can’t decipher the difference between pain and pleasure. It is perfect, then, that the motto for the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run, the […]

Desert Dwellers

Desert Dwellers

If you haven’t seen the city’s tagline spread across billboards or experienced the desert mecca for yourself, Moab is a place where adventure begins. And in this Utah town, where mud season sees upwards of two inches of rain, adventure never really stops. Come summertime, however, temperatures linger near triple digits, requiring outdoor junkies of […]

Fools

Fools

  The ground gives way abruptly at my feet, sloughing off as a massive sandslide; the only overland trail into the Bobway. I know below me are red slickrock narrows like worm holes carved from the Escalante River corridor. Graceful, serpentine hallways of red rock, continuous and smooth from the top of one 200 foot […]

Butch and the Boys in Robber's Roost

Butch and the Boys in Robber’s Roost

One of Utah’s most famous sons was a thief. For stealing a $5 horse, Butch Cassidy spent two years in the Wyoming State Prison. He learned his lesson, though. He never got caught stealing horses again. Instead he turned to robbing trains. Butch figured they’d pay better. He was right. Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, […]

Does the Outdoorsy Vehicle Make the Outdoorsy Man?

Does the Outdoorsy Vehicle Make the Outdoorsy Man?

I’m on the market for a new car. But as a card-carrying outdoorsy man who bleeds singletrack dirt and climbing chalk, it can’t just be any set of wheels. My future automobile must further entrench me in the clichéd outdoorsy culture. But while trolling the interwebs and dealer lots for the most dank-gnar, Thule-rack-covered car […]

Interview- Ashley Korenblat

Interview- Ashley Korenblat

Ashley Korenblat has been the owner of the Moab based tour company Western Spirit Cycling since 1996, and has been in the bicycle industry for many years previous.  Ashley is a former bike racer, former wall street captive,  and was president of Merlin during the titanium mountain bike heyday and served as president of the […]