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In the Can

In the Can

In your usual non-road-trip existence, you don’t often find yourself saying (or thinking), “You know, I think I’m gonna go take a dump at the Flagstaff library.” Most of us may go our entire lives without uttering such a sentence. But on the road, this is a thing. So is going #2 at the Moab […]

Burke Swindlehurst Interview

Burke Swindlehurst Interview

Burke Swindlehurst started racing bikes in the late 1980’s and built a successful career as any rider to ever emerge from Utah. After his retirement from the peloton in 2010, he founded the wildly popular Crusher in the Tushar race that takes place annually in the Tushar Mountain Range near Beaver. This grueling one-day event […]

Where Rocks Have Names- Running Rapids on Western Rivers

Where Rocks Have Names- Running Rapids on Western Rivers

A rock is a rock is a rock, unless it is in the middle of a fast flowing river and you are about to smash into it with the front of your boat. In which case you’re apt to give it a name. River runners have been christening rocks and rapids for more than a […]

Hooked

Hooked

I don’t know exactly how I got into the “idea” of fly fishing. It might have been after watching Brad Pitt in A River Runs Through It. It could have been partially due to a guy I was dating who dabbles in fishing, a girlfriend who is an obsessed angler, or perhaps that ragged, army […]

Chronic and the Keg of Youth

Chronic and the Keg of Youth

“Are you okay?” I opened my eyes and blinked against a helmet-clad vision, silhouetted against the sun. I shielded my eyes with a gloved hand and raised my head a few inches off the ground. I could totally understand why this person was asking about my well-being, seeing as how I was sprawled out alongside […]

Vertical Progression of the Wasatch

Vertical Progression of the Wasatch

The Wasatch Range is an amazing place for any outdoor enthusiast, thanks to its amazing canyons and endless terrain – all within a close proximity to Salt Lake City. Something locals often take for granted, however, is the astounding diversity of it all. Each canyon contains different types of rock, which create unique textures and […]

Center of Gravity- Enduro Mountain Bike Racing on the Rise

Center of Gravity- Enduro Mountain Bike Racing on the Rise

Photos by Jay Dash A faint beam of light filters through the thick canopy and strikes a plume of dust as tiny fragments of earth diffuse through the air. A sole rider emerges from the forest and straightlines a rocky slope at top speed just before shutting it down and banking a hard left-hand berm […]

Cataract Canyon Sideshow

Cataract Canyon Sideshow

  The roar is deafening. From shore, the Colorado River looks like an angry serpent, coiling and unspooling through drops the size of small waterfalls before cresting over waves that rise dozens of feet high. From my vantage, the three Big Drop rapids, sporting names like Little Niagara and Satan’s Gut, look like a nightmare. […]

The Wildcat Traverse

The Wildcat Traverse

A rugged jumble of quartzite peaks and points stretching from Mt. Olympus east toward Mt. Raymond is collectively known as the Wildcat Ridge. To traverse it in spring or fall can be a delightful escape from humanity, heat, and hectic life in the city. Your focus narrows to a single spine of rock as you […]

Enchanted by Choss

Enchanted by Choss

We’re standing on top of an island surrounded by a sea of desert. From the summit of South Mountain, (11,862′) we can see out across a vast red desert that extends southward all the way into the Four Corners region where the states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico share a common border. To […]