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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. […]

Desert Dog

Desert Dog

Chapter 1 This is the most beautiful place on earth, but of course like Cactus Ed Abbey said, every person carries in their heart an image of the ideal place, the right place. This is just the right place for me. But, right now, something is not right, and its pitch black anyways, no beauty […]

Gravel is Just Baby Rocks

Gravel is Just Baby Rocks

  I’ve been riding and racing bikes for over 30 years. At different points during this time, I’ve focused my interest and energy on riding and racing road, mountain, and cyclocross bikes, For the better part of that time, I have struggled to give an adequate explanation to my non-cycling enthusiast friends when asked about […]

Riding the Pony Express

Riding the Pony Express

As temperatures cool with the much-anticipated advent of fall in Utah, most local recreators start thinking again about the desert adventures that seem a bit daunting in the heat and big monsoons of summer. Most of those thoughts focus on the famous spots in southern Utah like Canyonlands, Robber’s Roost, Cedar Mesa, and the myriad […]

Zinke

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 […]