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The World's Biggest Backcountry Party

The World’s Biggest Backcountry Party

On September 13 the tent will once again be raised in the Black Diamond Equipment parking lot to celebrate the 25thedition of the Best Party in Utah:  the Utah Avalanche Center’s annual Fall Fundraiser.  From its humble beginnings in a house due to a tragic event to a serious hoedown with over a thousand people, the […]

Loose Lids and Tight Spots

Loose Lids and Tight Spots

Since my first introduction to canyoneering I had been telling various friends around the country how great it was and how they should come to Utah to give it a go.  Several folks gave me a reply along the lines of “indeed, canyon hiking is great. I’ve done the Bell Canyon/Little Wild Horse canyon loop, […]

Bike Beast

Bike Beast

A few years ago I went to the Air and Space Museum in DC and was excited to see that they had an original Wright Brothers’ bike there; it was a great reminder that not only did these bike builders use their experience to create manned flight, but also that despite the fact that bikes […]

The Outdoor Industry and Guns

The Outdoor Industry and Guns

REI Boycott of Vista Outdoors Products- A Recipe For Change?   In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting there was the expected prayers and platitudes by conservative politicians and strong calls for more stringent gun control laws by liberal lawmakers, but this episode seemed different:  kids got fired up, and their speeches and […]

Running The Middle Fork of the Salmon

Running The Middle Fork of the Salmon

  Photos by Benj Wadsworth Boating—a word that most runners loathe—it can mean everything from floating on a placid lake to an ocean-sailing crossing to a Caribbean cruise ship.  But to a runner it pretty much means one thing:  a complete lack of exercise.  As a result, runners tend to avoid watercraft at all costs […]

The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking

Ok, this is getting real. It’s the first week of January, and we’ve got a 2-foot “base” of unsupportable facets in the backcountry and bulletproof manmade punctuated by rocks and stumps at the resorts. These are the times that test skiers’ patience; will I crack? Most of us choose to live in the shadow of […]

Riding the Pony Express

Riding the Pony Express

As temperatures cool with the much-anticipated advent of fall in Utah, most local recreators start thinking again about the desert adventures that seem a bit daunting in the heat and big monsoons of summer. Most of those thoughts focus on the famous spots in southern Utah like Canyonlands, Robber’s Roost, Cedar Mesa, and the myriad […]

Bonanza Flats Conservation Deadline Approaching

Bonanza Flats Conservation Deadline Approaching

Bonanza Flats Conservation Deadline Extended By Tom Diegel   The Central Wasatch mountains have always been an complex patchwork of ownership, use, claims, and jurisdiction: three counties, a dozen cities, two state highways, three watersheds, seven ski resorts, thousands of residents, and thousands of acres of wilderness are all packed into a very small area.   […]

Satadark- A Grand Adventure in Canyon Country

Satadark- A Grand Adventure in Canyon Country

  Photos by Matt Clevenger Cataract Canyon has the capability to be so many different beasts: at medium water levels it’s a rollicking romp through big water that’s welcome relief after days of flat stroking to get to the rapids, at high water it generates some of the most fearsome hydraulic features in the West, […]

Bears Ears is Good Business

Bears Ears is Good Business

Well, it happened: President Obama created the Bear’s Ears National Monument! Most of us bleeding heart lib’ral extremist tree huggin’, granola-eatin’ wackos likely raised our too- the threats and cajoling from the likes of Utah Governor Gary Herbert, senators expensive locally-brewed craft ales in a toast to this needed move. Despite Hatch and Lee, and […]

Mountain Accord Update

Mountain Accord Update

By Tom Diegel  Utah Adventure Journal readers are likely aware of Mountain Accord, the coalition of dozens of formal stakeholders across the Wasatch Front and Back that came together three years ago to attempt to hammer out a resolution that would address the many interests and pressures on the Central Wasatch (see the Winter 14-15 UAJ).  In […]

Bike Touring and the Economic Impact of the GSENM

Bike Touring and the Economic Impact of the GSENM

    Ever since President Clinton’s 1996 announcement of the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (which he did at the south rim of the Grand Canyon; a little weird, but apparently the venue was closer to a good landing spot for Air Force One than Escalante’s gravel airstrip?) it’s been a favorite target of ridicule by […]

SkiMo- Where Spandex and the Backcountry Collide

SkiMo- Where Spandex and the Backcountry Collide

  You have probably seen them:  the skinny guys wearing the neon yellow boots with almost no buckles, carrying poles that are too long and packs that are too small, on kid-sized skis with toy bindings…and going past you remarkably fast up skin tracks.  “Ah” you think, as you step aside to let them swish past.   “Skimo guy.  Dork!  Why don’t […]