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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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). […]