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De Agony of De Outdoor Feet

De Agony of De Outdoor Feet

I used to have a foot fetish… until I joined a climbing gym. There’s an old saying, “climbing is not a spectator sport,” but when belaying my partner at the new Momentum in Mill Creek, I can’t help but spectate at all the distracting, gnarled, swollen feet of my fellow climbers. Everyone who’s not on […]

Cranking After Class: Utah High School Cycling League Takes Off

Cranking After Class: Utah High School Cycling League Takes Off

  Picture any high school athletic event, like football for example, and images cross the mind of marching bands, cheerleaders, sod-covered fields, and costumed mascots. Now replace all those classic “Friday Night Lights” slices of Americana with cowbells, spandex, singletrack trails, and teams competing with each other instead of against each other, and you have […]

The Search For Summer's Skiing Substitute

The Search For Summer’s Skiing Substitute

By Jared Hargrave “Why We Should Have a Winter Vacation Instead of a Summer Vacation.” That was the title of a grade-school essay I wrote as a young lad growing up in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Back then, when my peers were frothing at the mouth to escape locker-lined hallways and life controlled by morning and […]

Local Secrets and the Outdoor Writers Scourge

Local Secrets and the Outdoor Writers Scourge

                                              I know about an amazing mountain bike trail in the Wasatch, somewhere between Mount Nebo and Ben Lomond Peak. It’s classic Utah singletrack – sticky, shaped dirt, banked turns, with old-growth pines […]

Project Wanderlust- Part II

Project Wanderlust- Part II

  Adam is all kinds of excited. It’s 3am, Justin and I are shuffling like the walking dead around a truck stop somewhere along I-70 in search of caffeine, and I think the toothless cashier is judging us by our brightly-colored, yuppie down jackets. We’re awake at this ungodly hour as a result of “Project […]

#yurtlife

#yurtlife

Simplicity. I think there’s something to be said about living a simple life, so I often wonder if I was born in the wrong decade, hell, maybe even the wrong century. Those Luddite thoughts always seem to bubble up when I’m on a backcountry yurt trip. For me, staying a night or two at a […]

Project Wanderlust- Backcountry Skiing Beyond the Sheep-Pen of the Wasatch

Project Wanderlust- Backcountry Skiing Beyond the Sheep-Pen of the Wasatch

  The ranger is waiting for us, he’s armed, and he’s pissed. My friends and I encounter him after finishing a day of ski touring on Antelope Island. A once-in-a-decade storm dumped three feet of snow in Salt Lake’s foothills and on the island’s highest point, Frary Peak, so we took advantage of the event […]

Waxing Poetic and the Curse of Pre-Season Wet Dreams

Waxing Poetic and the Curse of Pre-Season Wet Dreams

I’m on the verge of a massive climax. Yea, I’m about to make a cliché, sexual innuendo about winter and more specifically, skiing, but the anticipation of the coming season feels eerily similar to sexual frustration, and therefore, cliché appropriate. Each fall, I get as jittery as a teenage boy beneath the sheets with his […]

Finding the Excuse for a Shower Beer

Finding the Excuse for a Shower Beer

My friends were incredulous. There we sat, gathered on my back patio for what is absolutely a summer-time necessity (the copious consumption of beer and barbecue) when the subject of shower beers somehow bubbled up amongst our usual dithering of, well, beer drinking, mountain biking and the finer points of combining the two. It was […]

The Silly Self Importance of Strava

The Silly Self Importance of Strava

I don’t race my mountain bike. Sure I’ve participated in a handful of organized races, mostly of the 24-hour relay variety, but I paid my entry fees more for the socializing between laps (read: beer) and swag at the finish line (read: free beer) instead of any competitive desire to win, or even rank for […]

Does the Outdoorsy Vehicle Make the Outdoorsy Man?

Does the Outdoorsy Vehicle Make the Outdoorsy Man?

I’m on the market for a new car. But as a card-carrying outdoorsy man who bleeds singletrack dirt and climbing chalk, it can’t just be any set of wheels. My future automobile must further entrench me in the clichéd outdoorsy culture. But while trolling the interwebs and dealer lots for the most dank-gnar, Thule-rack-covered car […]

Outdoor Life-Utah's State Flag Sucks

Outdoor Life-Utah’s State Flag Sucks

  Utah’s state flag sucks. Now, you may be asking why on earth I should care about our state flag enough to write about it in an outdoor-recreation magazine. Well, because Colorado’s state flag is awesome, and that pisses me off. Allow me to explain: I’m a Colorado native, and lived around Colorado’s flag from […]

A Day at Voile

A Day at Voile

  Considering the joy that a single pair of skis can bestow, one must think these wooden planks are born from the intercourse of all things awesome, like a byproduct of beer, snowflakes, and avalanche rescue dogs that magically rises pre-molded and ready to ride from an embryonic goo that smells like alpine wind, all […]

A Well Kept Home is a Sign of a Wasted (Outdoor) Life

A Well Kept Home is a Sign of a Wasted (Outdoor) Life

“The cat peed on the carpet again!” My wife’s disgusted voice echoed up from the basement as I gathered my mountain bike helmet and gloves, reminding me of the fact that we needed to tear the whole floor out thanks to an incontinent, old long-hair with a sudden aversion to anything even resembling a box […]

The Fruita Revelation: Mountain Biking as a Savior of the New West

The Fruita Revelation: Mountain Biking as a Savior of the New West

A heavily tattooed woman called my name. I hungrily made my way to the counter where she beckoned. Her arms were sleeves of ink, a colorful mosaic that complimented her purple hair. She slid my pizza to me, a giant pie called the “Stinky Deluxe.” This hot crust smothered in toppings clearly existed in reality, […]