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The Place Where My Heart Dwells

The Place Where My Heart Dwells

“The desert lies beneath and soars beyond any possible human qualification. Therefore, sublime.” – Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire   Everyone has a place, their place. The corner of the earth that reminds us we are living animals, the sweet spot of subliminal bliss. You know that place. When our piece of peace becomes more than […]

Switchback- Should Mountain Bikes be Allowed in Wilderness Areas?

Switchback- Should Mountain Bikes be Allowed in Wilderness Areas?

Last summer President Obama signed the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act, creating 3 new wilderness areas in the Boulder- White Cloud Mountains of Central Idaho. The new wilderness, while mostly remote with challenging access, also closed several mountain bike trails that were held in high regard by local cyclists. The […]

Switchback- Is the PLI a Fair Deal for Public Lands in Utah?

Switchback- Is the PLI a Fair Deal for Public Lands in Utah?

Certainty: Utahns Demand It By Lee Lonsberry The genesis of the Public Lands Initiative comes from the idea that economic development and conservation can coexist and flourish. This locally driven process has revealed that, not only is it possible, its what the people demand. Utahns from all walks of life have come to the table […]

In the Can

In the Can

In your usual non-road-trip existence, you don’t often find yourself saying (or thinking), “You know, I think I’m gonna go take a dump at the Flagstaff library.” Most of us may go our entire lives without uttering such a sentence. But on the road, this is a thing. So is going #2 at the Moab […]

Burke Swindlehurst Interview

Burke Swindlehurst Interview

Burke Swindlehurst started racing bikes in the late 1980’s and built a successful career as any rider to ever emerge from Utah. After his retirement from the peloton in 2010, he founded the wildly popular Crusher in the Tushar race that takes place annually in the Tushar Mountain Range near Beaver. This grueling one-day event […]

Interview- Laynee Jones of Mountain Accord

Interview- Laynee Jones of Mountain Accord

  Mountain Accord is a public process, bringing together more than 20 organizations and nearly 200 stakeholders to create a blueprint for the future that preserves the legacy of the Wasatch. Mountain Accord was established to make critical decisions and implement solutions to preserve the Central Wasatch and ensure its long-term vitality. An Executive Committee […]

Favorites for 2015- The UAJ 99

Favorites for 2015- The UAJ 99

  Wasatch Snow Forecast The previous three winters, or is it four, have been somewhat of a bust snow wise. While great turns have been had here and there, they’ve lacked consistency. Trying to make sense of the cluttered NOAA discussions can be challenging if you are attempting to storm track and give your boss […]

The UAJ 99-Favorites for 2015

The UAJ 99-Favorites for 2015

  Lonely Singletrack The development of mountain biking trails along the Wasatch Front and Back continues at an impressive pace, allowing riders to spread out, link trail systems and enjoy a longer riding season by starting out low, and then heading for the higher elevations as things melt out in spring and summer. Until all […]

The UAJ 99

The UAJ 99

  A Non- Scientific Compilation of our Favorite Things in Utah and Beyond!   The assignment is rather simple, places, things, topics, whatever; it just has to apply somehow to the outdoors, and the reasons why we love them. This is by no means a complete list, there are way to many things that we […]

Building it by Hand- For the Love of Snow

Building it by Hand- For the Love of Snow

Everybody in the snowsports world knows that Utah is famous for the copious amounts of powder, and the terrain of the Wasatch is equal in its recognition. Throw in the ingredients of a nearby metropolis with an international airport, a knowledgeable and savvy outdoor scene, world class terrain that entertains a large number of outdoor […]

Drew Hardesty Interview

Drew Hardesty Interview

A forecaster at the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) since 1999, Drew Hardesty is often described as the storyteller on the team, and with good reason. After college at UC Boulder, he served as an intelligence officer in the US Navy during the first Desert Storm, and spent a number of years working and guiding for […]

Book Review- Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth

Book Review- Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth

Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth Weather, Climate Change, and Finding Deep Powder in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and Around the World   By Jim Steenburgh   2014 Utah State University Press 186 Pages   Those who partake in winter snow sliding activities, and even those who don’t, are familiar with the phrase “The Greatest […]

Peter Metcalf- A Life of Climbing

Peter Metcalf- A Life of Climbing

  Peter Metcalf recently stepped down from his position of President at SLC based Black Diamond Equipment. Since the company’s early days in the late 1980’s, Metcalf has guided the ascension of the iconic outdoor brand from the bankrupt remains brought on by product liability lawsuits, to a global leader in the outdoor manufacturing business. […]

Bill Barron- Riding Across Utah for Climate Change

Bill Barron- Riding Across Utah for Climate Change

Candidate Bill Barron to Reprise Bike Ride Across Utah Two years ago, Bill Barron ran against all odds for US Senator against powerful incumbent Orrin Hatch. Though defeated, he is running for office again this year for a seat in the US Congress to represent Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. A carpenter by trade, Barron “would […]

Quick Turns With Mikaela Shiffrin

Quick Turns With Mikaela Shiffrin

In 2011 Mikaela Shiffrin made her World Cup ski racing debut a few weeks shy of her 15th birthday, and later that year won the US National title in slalom, the youngest person to ever accomplish the feat. In the 2012 season she scored her first podium with a 3rd place result in Linz, Austria, […]