Spring 2017

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 […]