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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, […]

Kicking the Running Habit

Kicking the Running Habit

  “Buuuuullllllllls**t. In 3 days you’ll sign up again.” Those likely prophetic words were a comment written by my friend Jason, posted on Facebook immediately after I announced my retirement from running. I had just completed my third leg of the Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay on an Ultra Team consisting of six guys running 197 […]

Brotherhood of the Traveling Sunglasses

Brotherhood of the Traveling Sunglasses

“This is why I don’t buy expensive sunglasses,” I said to myself as I activated the flashlight app on my smartphone. It was a desperate situation, made worse by my groveling on the nasty floor of a movie theater, on my knees, crawling over sticky, spilled soda. I was in this compromised position because I […]

Is Utah a Bike Friendly State?

Is Utah a Bike Friendly State?

Is Utah Really a Bike Friendly State?   By Jared Hargrave In May, the Utah cycling community got welcome news when the League of American Bicyclists ranked the Beehive State as the 13th most bicycle-friendly state in the nation. While the number doesn’t sound like we should be popping corks of champagne bottles quite yet, […]

Spring Classics- 8 Weeks, 8 Adventures in Utah

Spring Classics- 8 Weeks, 8 Adventures in Utah

It happens every year in Utah – winter’s death knell tolls and skiers mourn the melting snow. Spring, however, gives rise to the best time of year for outdoor recreation in the state. Mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, canyoneering and backpacking fill the void winter leaves behind. Spring is the signal for our migration towards […]

Road Warriors- UDOT's Avalanche Battle on Utah's Canyon Highways

Road Warriors- UDOT’s Avalanche Battle on Utah’s Canyon Highways

They call it the Red Snake. This crimson serpent is the dread of all skiers and snowboarders in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and has a cruel tendency of only emerging on epic days when perfect Utah snow falls on the Wasatch. Overnight storms bring powder hounds to the canyon bottom in droves, yet what they seek […]

The Stoke of Annual Ski Movie Tradition

The Stoke of Annual Ski Movie Tradition

  Every year as the air gets colder, skies turn gray, and snow is so close to falling you can smell it, a tradition spanning generations is carried out in mountain country. This important ritual involves hundreds of people gathering together in a large room filled with rows of chairs that face a giant, white […]

Gear Envy- Gateway to Fancy Accoutrements Addiction

Gear Envy- Gateway to Fancy Accoutrements Addiction

“Ignorance is bliss.” This famous quote can be applied to many things in life, like fixing that bad engine noise by simply turning up the car stereo. But in outdoor life, the quote can work equally well while dreaming about new, expensive gear that we all want in a salivating-frenzy-kind-of-way, but don’t really need (and […]