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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, […]

Mike Styler Interview

Mike Styler Interview

  The Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is one of the state’s largest agencies, whose directive is to ensure Utah’s quality of life by managing and protecting the state’s natural resources. The Department was created in 1967 when at the time, 11 different agencies were overseeing Utah’s natural resources, often with overlapping responsibilities. The […]

Our Favorite Things for 2014- The UAJ 99

Our Favorite Things for 2014- The UAJ 99

  Burr Trail Grill and Outpost Boulder is sometimes referred to as an “end of the road town.”  That can’t be true as long as it has the Burr Trail Grill and Outpost going for it.  The crowds begin to build at the Grill around two, after another spectacular day exploring the Trail, Monument, or […]

The UAJ 99

The UAJ 99

  Kodachrome Basin State Park Kodachrome was named by the National Geographic Society after the then-popular color film with good reason.  The Park features 67 monolithic stone spires, or pipes, which reveal sandstone layers ranging from gray to pink to deep red.  These brilliant colors are further accentuated by the deep greens of pinyon and […]

The UAJ 99 of 2014

The UAJ 99 of 2014

  The UAJ 99 A Non-Scientific Compilation of our Favorite Things in Utah The more we tried to cover, the more we realized we were leaving out. This is by no means thought of as a definitive list, just a sampling of all the great stuff in the outdoors in Utah. Some of it isn’t […]

Switchback-Should Snowboarding be Allowed at Alta?

Switchback-Should Snowboarding be Allowed at Alta?

  Switchback-Should Snowboards be Allowed at Alta?    Alta is one of three resorts in the US that denies access to snowboarders. Earlier this winter a lawsuit was filed against Alta Ski Lifts and the US Forest Service to force the resort to open its boundaries to snowboarders, who have long been forbidden on the […]

Training for the New Alpinism- With Steve House and Scott Johnston

Training for the New Alpinism- With Steve House and Scott Johnston

Interview: Steve House & Scott Johnston   Steve House is widely recognized as one of the leading alpinists in the world today. A strong proponent, and well known for his minimalist approach to climbing, known as ‘alpine style’ he has found success on some of the worlds biggest and toughest climbs, and claim credit for […]

Interview- Todd Anders-Johnson

Interview- Todd Anders-Johnson

  Boulder, CO based band Salem is fronted by drummer Todd Anders-Johnson, who also works as a tech-rep for SLC based Voile Equipment. An avid backcountry enthusiast, Anders-Johnson will be taking the band on tour this winter with Salem bringing its original blend of hip-hop, jazz, and neo-soul to the bars, saloons, and breweries of […]

Switchback- Should Drilling be Expanded in the San Rafael Swell?

Switchback- Should Drilling be Expanded in the San Rafael Swell?

Recently, the Bureau of Land Management announced plans to auction leases for 82 parcels for potential drill sites in the San Rafael Swell. The auction, scheduled for mid-November will offer leases covering approximately 79,000 acres, with the parcels between or adjacent to, existing drill sites in the regions northern perimeter. While many plugged and existing […]

The Heart of Soul

The Heart of Soul

“You should check out our shop and see what we’ve got going on. I’m not sure if you know much about Soul Poles but we are a small startup geared towards making sexy products for soulful people,” read the email. It was from Bryon Friedman, sent to me last February, in the deep of winter. […]

Interview- Chris Davenport

Interview- Chris Davenport

How did you get into ski mountaineering? Ski mountaineering was something that was always inside me.  I grew up skiing Tuckerman Ravine, NH when I was really young with my Dad and went up there every spring, so I got exposed to it pretty early.  Plus I was a climber as a teenager and did […]

Sharp Desert Singletrack- Rethinking Mountain Biking in Vernal

Sharp Desert Singletrack- Rethinking Mountain Biking in Vernal

Someone stole Adam’s bike. He calls to tell me this on the eve of our long-planned mountain bike trip to Vernal. For years I’ve been itching to discover the hype of desert singletrack only three hours east of Salt Lake City, but various scheduled trips were always sidetracked by weather, partners cancelling, and life itself […]

Interview- Steve Allen

Interview- Steve Allen

  Steve Allen is widely recognized as being one of the foremost canyoneers and explorers of remote areas in the Southwest. He has made numerous first descents of slot canyons across the region, and has published several books on canyoneering and hiking, introducing untold numbers to the sport. His books and insight are recognized as […]

Should Trails be Improved for Safety's Sake?

Should Trails be Improved for Safety’s Sake?

  It’s been a brutal and unfortunate summer for hikers in the Deserts of Southern Utah. So far this year, 3 people have perished due to heat related symptoms in the Paria Canyon- Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness along the Utah/Arizona Border in the Coyote Buttes area. The hikers were visiting the popular Wave formation that has […]