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Sina Solouksaran- The Banished Mountain Biker

Sina Solouksaran- The Banished Mountain Biker

What would you do to fulfill your potential and follow your dreams? In the spring of 2017 Sina Solouksaran, was fit and focused. Banished from Iran in 2011 due to religious persecution he’d endured years of uncertainty as a refugee. 2016 saw him working a fulltime job and racing in Colorado where he competed in […]

Build it and They Will come

Build it and They Will come

  “Morning, Ed.  Hey, what are you doing this weekend?”  I inquired over the phone. “Nothing, what’s up?”  Ed responded. “You want to head to Cedar City to mountain bike?” “Cedar City?  Mountain biking?  I didn’t know Cedar City had any riding. Mike, we live in Park City.  There’s a ton of biking here.” “I […]

Just North of Town

Just North of Town

  Beyond the Iron Curtain of refinery smokestacks in North Salt Lake, there lies ample opportunity for mountain bikers to explore developing trail systems and escape the crowded core of the central Wasatch.  The drive to Davis County is often performed by commuters searching for a paycheck rather than by bikers with an eye for […]

Summer Beer Review

Summer Beer Review

  New Brews to Keep Your Summer Tasty The mountains are green, the air is hot, and your beer better be cold. Summer is in full swing in Utah and our state’s breweries are churning out seasonal brews that are light and refreshing. Perhaps you’re tailgating at a trailhead after a long mountain bike ride. […]

Superette Crack and the Dove Creek Wall

Superette Crack and the Dove Creek Wall

  An excerpt from Luke Mehall’s upcoming book, The Desert     We had some unfinished business before we embarked on developing this new wall, way, way back in a forgotten corner of this land we call Indian Creek. There was another wall, The Dove Creek Wall that we’d been developing in the main canyon. […]

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 […]