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Bill Barron- Riding Across Utah for Climate Change

Bill Barron- Riding Across Utah for Climate Change

Candidate Bill Barron to Reprise Bike Ride Across Utah Two years ago, Bill Barron ran against all odds for US Senator against powerful incumbent Orrin Hatch. Though defeated, he is running for office again this year for a seat in the US Congress to represent Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. A carpenter by trade, Barron “would […]

Islands of the Great Salt Lake

Islands of the Great Salt Lake

“One of the things Utahans are notorious for is not really paying attention to the lake,” explains Greg Smoak, director of the American West Center and an associate professor of history at the University of Utah. Perhaps because the Wasatch attracts a large percentage of outdoor recreation, the 2,000-square mile lake 20 miles north of […]

The Curse of the Beercation

The Curse of the Beercation

It’s no secret that I love beer in equal measure with the outdoors. As a result, I’ve long held the notion that fine brews go hand-in-hand with outdoor recreation, not only because many of us who enjoy being outside are connoisseurs of fine, small batch ales, but also because nothing pairs better with a long […]

Quick Turns With Mikaela Shiffrin

Quick Turns With Mikaela Shiffrin

In 2011 Mikaela Shiffrin made her World Cup ski racing debut a few weeks shy of her 15th birthday, and later that year won the US National title in slalom, the youngest person to ever accomplish the feat. In the 2012 season she scored her first podium with a 3rd place result in Linz, Austria, […]

The Moab Daily

The Moab Daily

  You’ll never hear a real boater complain about low river flow, a boater will always tell you that any day on the river is better than a day at work. After spending a handful of summers in Moab, this is a common topic that pops up this time of year. High water has dropped […]

No Fixed Address

No Fixed Address

  We describe home as a permanent place of residency, identifiable by an address and a couch and a water heater and a collection of cheesy souvenir shot glasses, all gathering dust on top of a foundation that’s been cemented into the ground — as if to prove that your home and all its possessions […]

Culture Clash- Tourism Vs. Oil & Gas in Moab

Culture Clash- Tourism Vs. Oil & Gas in Moab

As a benefit for the San Juan Mountains Association, we had organized a canoe trip on the Green River near Moab to paddle 60 miles from Geyser Springs to Mineral Bottom.  Colorado’s Centennial Canoe Outfitters claims this is “part of the longest stretch of quiet wilderness water in the western United States.” We had plans […]

Desert Strange

Desert Strange

  Once you spend enough time in the desert, weird stuff will happen.  Nearly everyone has a life-changing desert story, but for me, strange is the new normal.  So here are a couple of my favorites, and before you insist my imagination has clearly run amok, know every sentence in here is true, and that […]

Climb Until Numb

Climb Until Numb

Cold? No, that’s just sending temps. At least that’s what you tell yourself. Shade on the wall had come a week ago and its icy grip was here until spring. As far as I knew the Good Medicine Area had never known sun but I had also only recently come to know the crag. I […]

Singletrack Comes to the Slickrock

Singletrack Comes to the Slickrock

  Giddy. There is no better way to describe how I feel in this moment other than the pure, childlike joy that forces giggles unbecoming a grown man. Yet as I bank another turn on soft dirt and feel acceleration out of the corner, another girly sound escapes my mouth. A straight section of singletrack […]

Welcome to the Jungle- Climbing on the Aquarius Plateau

Welcome to the Jungle- Climbing on the Aquarius Plateau

  My wife and I had been searching for a nearby crag with decent rock ever since arriving in southern Utah.  The closest we got to this wish were two hour drives to Cedar City or Brian Head.  The area where we live is in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the “rock” here is […]

Weary and War-Torn in the Land of Zion

Weary and War-Torn in the Land of Zion

I’ve always been anxious and tense when interacting with war veterans. I usually end up stuttering, spitting out some words like “brave” or “heroic” and thanking them for their service while trying to escape the situation as quickly as possible. This time I couldn’t sneak away. I was in Zion National Park hiking through one […]