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Zinke “Listens”

After the Interior Secretary’s tour of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments, Proponents say their voice has been anything but heard. In a video long on white guys in cowboy hats, the U.S. Department of the Interior has documented Secretary Ryan Zinke’s early May visit to the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase/Escalante national […]

It's the End of Outdoor Retailer as We Know It

It’s the End of Outdoor Retailer as We Know It

Since the 90’s Salt Lake has been home to the OR Show and it is the tour de force of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). Well known as a venue for unveiling new products and innovation, pre-season orders, and the biggest gathering of the Outdoor Industry in the US, OR is now gaining political clout […]

1878- Murder in Escalante Canyon

1878- Murder in Escalante Canyon

ISOLATION, TORMENT, AND REMORSE On November 30, 1878, John Boynton shot and killed Washington Phipps in Southern Utah’s Escalante River Canyon near Calf Creek. Late that day, he rode fifteen miles to the settlement of Potato Valley—now the town of Escalante–to turn himself in. Following Boynton’s directions, the Deputy Sheriff found Phipps and buried him […]

Summer Beer Review

Summer Beer Review

Each year, Utah breweries release seasonal beers that pair well with their respective time on the calendar. Autumn’s required drinking includes Oktoberfest styles. Winter calls for dark, boozy ales. During spring, fruit beers blossom in liquor stores everywhere. But summer, ah summer. No seasonal beer-style quite matches up with the season like those of the […]

Cathedral Traverse- Ups and Downs in the Tetons

Cathedral Traverse- Ups and Downs in the Tetons

Clouds had been building for a few hours, but we kept climbing. Rain and sun alternated for 24 hours, but the last six were bluebird. We’d finally begun belayed climbing, on the beautiful “Dog Ear Pitch.” I led steeply out of the Gunsight Notch between The Grandstand and Mt. Owen’s sawtoothed South Ridge. Protection was […]

Walking Over Water- Traversing Stansbury Island

Walking Over Water- Traversing Stansbury Island

There’s a spring in my step as I bound on and off of quartzite boulders, rising as I do above the north tip of Stansbury Island in the Great Salt Lake. Windy conditions have rendered fishing for brine shrimp eggs unproductive, so we fishermen have the afternoon off. Since I was fishing nearby in Carrington […]

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.   […]

Marie Ogden and the Home of Truth

Marie Ogden and the Home of Truth

  Everyone who climbs in Indian Creek, part of the new Bears Ears National Monument, drives a two-lane road off the paved highway south of Moab to get to the historic Dugout Ranch and the spires at Indian Creek. Along the way are old houses and cabins in a place called Dry Valley. Most climbers […]

The Legend of Faraway Arch

The Legend of Faraway Arch

  Several years ago Andy Waddington, a noted British photographer (http://andrewwaddington.com/galleries), told me of the existence of a large and beautiful arch near Lake Powell. Known as Faraway Arch, it had never been seen from the ground, though Andy, and others, had seen it from an airplane. It appears inaccessible, as it is bordered by […]

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, […]

On A Murderer's Trail in Bears Ears

On A Murderer’s Trail in Bears Ears

“It’s magic hour!” I yelled to Sam cruising behind me. The western light bounced off the enormous sandstone walls as the road at the base snaked its way high above the San Juan River. On the horizon we spotted distant views of towers and spires of Monument Valley. Our group of desert wanderers spent eight […]

The Thin White Line: Late Spring Skiing in Utah's Uinta Mountains

The Thin White Line: Late Spring Skiing in Utah’s Uinta Mountains

I’m hiking up a scree field in my ski boots. With each step, a mini rock-a-lanche cascades down, initiated beneath my worn soles. A few smaller rocks gain momentum and ping down toward Mason Diedrich, who is boulder hopping below. Like me, he has skis on his pack, poles in each hand, and stiff plastic […]

Changing Season, Changing Climate

Changing Season, Changing Climate

It wasn’t your typical November day. The sun was high overhead, my weather app read 70 degrees, and my friends and I were climbing in shorts and t-shirts. Typically, American Fork is colder than the valley, and the thought of climbing there in late November prompted me to pack my puffy, gloves, hand warmers, and […]

Standing Up to the Yampa

Standing Up to the Yampa

At 11:00 p.m. on Friday September 2nd, we pulled into my friend’s guide company’s boathouse in Jensen, Utah, just outside of Dinosaur National Monument. We were greeted with a big hug, a cold beer, and my friend Emmet laughing and shaking his head at us. He was pretty excited for the upcoming sufferfest and was […]

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 […]