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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The EuroLayback

The EuroLayback

It was a typical fall day in Indian Creek Utah. Warm but not hot, slight breeze, and an endless supply of splitter Wingate cracks. The only deterrent was having to share with the crowds who flock there for their seasonal dirtbag migration. It’s not that I hate people, a few of my best friends happen […]

The Lost Towers of the Uintas

The Lost Towers of the Uintas

“So, where are we craggin’ today?” …silence. “Uh, so, where are we going?”…silence. It is a crisp clear late October morning. I can see my breath. It isn’t quite freezing but this time of year temps like these make me want to put a beanie on my head and wool socks on my feet. I […]

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

The Outdoor Retailer Show Prepares to Leave Utah On February 16th leaders from Outdoor Retailer, the Outdoor Industry Association, Patagonia, The North Face and REI met via teleconference with Utah Governor Herbert and later delivered a double blow to Utah, not only will the $45 million in direct spending Outdoor Retailer not include the state […]

A Mountain of Work: The Legend of Montgomery Atwater

A Mountain of Work: The Legend of Montgomery Atwater

Snow and avalanches are an enduring part of the mountain environment that affects the livelihood of many operations throughout the world.  In the western hemisphere, the scientific study and monitoring of these little understood phenomena began in the small town of Alta, Utah.  Situated nine miles up a glacially carved canyon in the heart of the Wasatch […]

Fresh Tracks for the Tram

Fresh Tracks for the Tram

  In my second winter season at Snowbird I became a tram operator working under the legendary tram and cable guru Bob Ficker. A year later having moved into lift maintenance, I recall a conversation about an upcoming cable replacement job on one of the lifts, and I asked Bob about the Tram track cables […]

Skiing Uphill Both Ways: New Talking Mountain Yurt System Opens in the La Sal Mountains

Skiing Uphill Both Ways: New Talking Mountain Yurt System Opens in the La Sal Mountains

“This is the nicest yurt I have ever seen.” It’s Saturday afternoon in the La Sal Mountains and I am taking off my ski boots at the door of the Geyser Pass Yurt to avoid tracking mud onto the gorgeous wood floor. My friends enter behind me with similar exclamations about our lodgings. The bunks […]