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The Life of a River Ranger

The Life of a River Ranger

The call came in at 6am.  I was standing in line at the Patagonia outlet store for one of their big sales.  “Hey, can you try to find me some size 33 olive shorts at the sale?”  James hesitated.  “And I know it is a long shot, but some olive swim trunks would be awesome.” […]

Solo Down the Middle Fork of the Salmon

Solo Down the Middle Fork of the Salmon

In 2009 I won the lottery. The ticket cost $6 and I won the right to pay $700 for a 5 day camping trip. The lottery was held by the Forest Service, and winners got a permit to float the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The Middle Fork winds for about 100 miles through […]

A Comprehensive and Authoritative Guide to the Original Winter Sport of Sledding

A Comprehensive and Authoritative Guide to the Original Winter Sport of Sledding

The fossil record remains unclear as to what exactly started the trend, but approximately 240 million years ago the first winter sport was born. As the story is told, a tiny trilobite spied the icy slope with a degree of trepidation. He began to reconsider. Then the guy holding his beer shoved him from behind […]

Telemark vs. Alpine Touring- Who Rules?

Telemark vs. Alpine Touring- Who Rules?

To Drop The Knee of Lock the Heel? – That is the question… Nobody can doubt that Utah has some deep political and moral divides, they tend to make national headlines lately. But few are deeper and more bitterly held than the chasm that separates the various snow riders. The great ski vs snowboard debate […]

Cheating the Keeper in Neon Canyon

Cheating the Keeper in Neon Canyon

I have been itching to do some real canyoneering for years, everyone at work knows about this odd obsession and my friends regularly take a jab at my ambitions. The closest I have come so far has been walking through slots that I thought of as tourist hikes. You didn’t need ropes, there was no […]

Road Trip: Lava Hot  Springs

Road Trip: Lava Hot Springs

All summer the town of Lava Hot Springs bustles with the hum of tourism. Families in RV’s fish the Portneuf River, high school kids on dates float on rented tubes down the easy riffles. Old people soak in the natural thermal pools–despite the blazing sun–and about 10,000 people cram into the olympic swimming complex. Middle […]