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The Camping Compromise

The Camping Compromise

  Nothing ruins a carefully-curated outdoorsy image faster than having a child, and camping is the first activity that fades into the Outer Darkness. I determined this while purchasing something I once swore I would never buy – a camper. In scripture, Outer Darkness is a place in which a person, generally of the wicked […]

Summer Beer Review

Summer Beer Review

  New Brews to Keep Your Summer Tasty The mountains are green, the air is hot, and your beer better be cold. Summer is in full swing in Utah and our state’s breweries are churning out seasonal brews that are light and refreshing. Perhaps you’re tailgating at a trailhead after a long mountain bike ride. […]

Team Lung Butter

Team Lung Butter

  I’m not an athlete. But when I strap a number plate to the front of my mountain bike, I sure feel like one. The difference is athletes enter races to win. I enter races for the promise of free beer at the finish line. But despite my indifference (and physical limitations) to making the […]

Put a Sticker on it

Put a Sticker on it

The perfect location is inside the door, right below the sliding lock. This spot ensures the most visibility as it’s just above eye level. Everyone who comes inside will be forced to look at it. A captive audience. I peel the backing off and carefully place a sticker atop dozens of others, hiding the competition. […]

Backpacking Buckskin Gulch

Backpacking Buckskin Gulch

The moment was peculiar, I noticed, when Matt Walker tossed an inflatable pool toy into our shopping cart. Polygamous women and girls wandered the aisles in grubby prairie dresses, wearing hair so big they could paint the ceiling by just walking beneath it. Also in the cart, an assortment of the usual last-minute trip essentials. […]

Summer Beer Review

Summer Beer Review

Each year, Utah breweries release seasonal beers that pair well with their respective time on the calendar. Autumn’s required drinking includes Oktoberfest styles. Winter calls for dark, boozy ales. During spring, fruit beers blossom in liquor stores everywhere. But summer, ah summer. No seasonal beer-style quite matches up with the season like those of the […]

The Thin White Line: Late Spring Skiing in Utah's Uinta Mountains

The Thin White Line: Late Spring Skiing in Utah’s Uinta Mountains

I’m hiking up a scree field in my ski boots. With each step, a mini rock-a-lanche cascades down, initiated beneath my worn soles. A few smaller rocks gain momentum and ping down toward Mason Diedrich, who is boulder hopping below. Like me, he has skis on his pack, poles in each hand, and stiff plastic […]

Don't Rush the Season

Don’t Rush the Season

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. – Charles Dickens. I don’t rush into things. No decision, large or small, receives a verdict without a serious pow wow inside my skull. Decisions marinate […]

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 […]