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Scramble On!

Scramble On!

  Story and Photos by Jay Dash   There I was, fingertips gripped on the quartzite rock, heart pumping as if it wanted to burst out of my chest, climbing what felt like a straight vertical wall of rock with no end in sight. I wondered, how did I get to this no fall zone […]

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 […]

Winging it to Adventure

Winging it to Adventure

“I’ll fly over the landing strip to scope it out.”   “That?  It’s a dirt road!” I pointed to the weed-filled, unmaintained dirt road. “Looks good.  Let’s land.” Who was I to argue?  I had zero control over the situation at hand.  I had to trust my friend and pilot Nadim to safely land his […]

War- What is it Good For?

War- What is it Good For?

(Excerpted from The Desert, due out later this year, or next year)   I scribbled that on the back of my car, shortly after 9-11, and George W and our government started sounding the war drums in Iraq. There was little chance I’d go to war, a much bigger chance that I’d go to the […]

The Call of the Desert

The Call of the Desert

Photos by Chris Brown   My enthusiasm stretches beyond the car and races ahead. The cooler is filled with hummus, beer, salad, the fruits of the earth; human fuel. Behind the cockpit is carefully packed with sleeping bags, chairs, the old Coleman stove, firewood and of course lots of water. Spanish Fork is where the […]

True Confessions on the Hermit Trail

True Confessions on the Hermit Trail

Ed Abbey and I traveled all over the Southwest. I was a college sophomore and Desert Solitare had been in print for only four years. I kept a cheap, dog-eared copy in my red Kelty external frame backpack and everywhere I hitchhiked across the Southwest, there was Ed. We had great conversations. We hitchhiked across […]

Backcountry Skiing in the West Desert

Backcountry Skiing in the West Desert

You’ve had it happen before. You get up at a seemingly early time, make your coffee, drive your geared up car to the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon, and the line of cars is already waiting for you. You wanted serenity, and you got the opposite: a line of cars containing increasingly aggro skiers, each […]

Powders of Persuasion

Powders of Persuasion

Story and Photos By Luke Mehall   Note: this piece is an excerpt from the author’s upcoming book, The Desert, due out later this year.   My college years in The Desert were adventurous and crazy, a complete immersion in the unknown. After I graduated I began to roam from climbing area to climbing area, […]

Ancestral Passages- The Future of Southeastern Utah

Ancestral Passages- The Future of Southeastern Utah

In my Dad’s Land Cruiser, I exited I-70 and turned onto Highway 24, heading south, my spring break adventure about to start. I had just flown home from graduate school to visit my parents and to seek a little rest and relaxation in canyon country. It had been a while. Schooling in the Midwest has […]

Westminster Expedition- Not Your Average Road Trip

Westminster Expedition- Not Your Average Road Trip

Stories are powerful. Stories are the lens through which we view the world around us. Stories distill the complexity of the world into digestible narratives that inform our values and actions every day. And in our travels, we heard lots of stories. This past fall Westminster College sent 14 students, two professors, and a program […]

Park City- Prepared for the Future?

Park City- Prepared for the Future?

As a small child living in Pleasant Grove I would anxiously await our annual visit to Park City. We would stay in my Grandma’s condo, and I thought the little mountain town was on a different planet than my home in Utah County. When I was 12 and snowboarding became the center of my life, […]

Remembering the Goddess of Glen Canyon- Katie Lee

Remembering the Goddess of Glen Canyon- Katie Lee

Katie Lee was 89 when I met her at her cottage in Jerome, Arizona and just as feisty as ever. A former singer songwriter and folksinger, Katie had spent her life stretching boundaries and living on her own terms whether it was hiking in Glen Canyon wearing only red Keds and a large straw hat, […]

Diffusing an Explosive Situation in Bears Ears National Monument

Diffusing an Explosive Situation in Bears Ears National Monument

We were about thirty minutes into our adventure and five minutes away from finding the explosives. I looked back to my companion for this adventure—a BLM law enforcement officer, packing a gun and everything—and asked if he was doing alright. He was just fine, and minutes later we were checking out the explosives. “You moved […]

A Return To Canyon Country

A Return To Canyon Country

“Hey, Mike, what’s up?” my brother Rob asked. “You want to head to the desert this weekend?” I inquired over the phone. “The weather looks ideal.” We both began to pack. Some trips are well planned; others are spur of the moment breaks from reality. This was one of those trips.   The fall desert […]

Backpacking Buckskin Gulch

Backpacking Buckskin Gulch

The moment was peculiar, I noticed, when Matt Walker tossed an inflatable pool toy into our shopping cart. Polygamous women and girls wandered the aisles in grubby prairie dresses, wearing hair so big they could paint the ceiling by just walking beneath it. Also in the cart, an assortment of the usual last-minute trip essentials. […]