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Skiing Uphill Both Ways: New Talking Mountain Yurt System Opens in the La Sal Mountains

Skiing Uphill Both Ways: New Talking Mountain Yurt System Opens in the La Sal Mountains

“This is the nicest yurt I have ever seen.” It’s Saturday afternoon in the La Sal Mountains and I am taking off my ski boots at the door of the Geyser Pass Yurt to avoid tracking mud onto the gorgeous wood floor. My friends enter behind me with similar exclamations about our lodgings. The bunks […]

From the Top Down- Backpacking the Zion Narrows

From the Top Down- Backpacking the Zion Narrows

The scene before me looks like news footage of a crowded New York City sidewalk. A stream of people, hundreds, maybe thousands deep, approach. These people trickled in a few at a time at first; a giggling, young couple here, a group of shirtless college boys there. But as we near the end of our […]

How to Convince the Wife You Need a New Mountain Bike

How to Convince the Wife You Need a New Mountain Bike

Illustration by Scott DuBar   Bargaining. After years in a relationship with my dear wife, I’ve learned that bargaining is the key to spousal happiness. Some may call it compromising, but that implies both wife and husband have to give up something for a greater good. But by bargaining, if done correctly, I come out […]

Summer and the Outdoors- New Beers From Utah Breweries

Summer and the Outdoors- New Beers From Utah Breweries

  Summertime means new summer beers. Coolers full of ice, hot feet dangling in a cold creek, and the feeling of a frosty beer can sweating in your palm – all are evocative of summer, and it takes just the right kind of ale to make those moments happen. Utah’s breweries have us covered with […]

Ridge and Boundary- Backcountry Skiing from the Uinta's North Slope Yurts

Ridge and Boundary- Backcountry Skiing from the Uinta’s North Slope Yurts

The smell of gasoline fills my nostrils, a high-pitched whine fills my ears, and a bumpy vibration fills the space between my legs. Though this may sound like a teenage boy’s fever dream, I’m actually riding on the back of a snowmobile down the closed-for-the-winter Mirror Lake Highway to the Ridge Yurt in the Uinta […]

Sunday Super Bowls at Steam Mill

Sunday Super Bowls at Steam Mill

  The sun’s warmth feels so good. I close my eyes and tilt my head back to face the sky. It’s the first time I’ve seen the sun in three days, and of course it arrives on the final run of our last day ski-touring from the Steam Mill Yurt in the Bear River Range. […]

A Wig in a Water Bottle

A Wig in a Water Bottle

I lied on my life insurance policy. The reason, is that mountain sports are dangerous, and I participate in almost all of them. So when I filled out the insurance application and got to the page of questions about my hobbies, I feared the truth would lead to expensive premiums at best. At worst, my […]

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 […]

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. […]

Desert Mountain Biking, Hallucinations, and Sushi

Desert Mountain Biking, Hallucinations, and Sushi

  I love to mountain bike in the desert. Every time I put tires to trail in remote, barren lands, I see things. Maybe it’s the heatstroke and dehydration, concussions suffered from innumerable endos, or my habit of sucking fumes from ventilation pipes atop abandoned uranium mines. But I swear that something is out there. […]

What Happens in Red Rock Canyon, Stays in Red Rock Canyon

What Happens in Red Rock Canyon, Stays in Red Rock Canyon

  My fingertips are smooth as glass. It feels weird and I can’t stop rubbing them together. I turn my palms toward my face and inspect them. I imagine my prints have been sanded off, but they are still there. It seems I have not climbed so much that I lost my identity. I look […]

What the Women Folk Don't Know Can't Hurt Me

What the Women Folk Don’t Know Can’t Hurt Me

“How was skiing?” The wife asks me this every time I return from a day in the mountains. I lean my skis, still dripping with spring snow, against the wall by the front door, put down my boots and poles, and take off my jacket. “Fine,” I say with a shrug. “We got a few […]

Tushar Trek- Skiing and Swilling in Southern Utah's Tushar Mountains

Tushar Trek- Skiing and Swilling in Southern Utah’s Tushar Mountains

Panic overwhelms my entire being. I’m halfway up a ridge on Delano Peak, the highest in the Tushar Mountains near Beaver, Utah, skinning alongside an evergreen forest I suspect may harbor a powder stash. Wind has scoured the entire range, leaving behind exposed rocks and bulletproof snow. After teeth chattering descents from the 12,169-foot summit […]

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 […]

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 […]