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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 […]

How to Succeed at Being a Ski Bum

How to Succeed at Being a Ski Bum

10 Tips to Creating a Location-Independent, Fully Funded Winter After a while, most skiers and snowboarders get tired of service industry jobs and other location-bound positions. You want the freedom to work and the freedom to chase a storm without the consequences of unemployment, bankruptcy, and homelessness. Unless you went to finishing school, you benefit […]

Tears and Tracks on Denali

Tears and Tracks on Denali

Story and Photos by Brett Carroll  I don’t consider myself to be an especially emotional person. I think that I tend to cry at appropriate times. I cried when my Grandpa died. I cried when my girlfriend and I broke up. I cried when my friend Joe died. And I cried my way up Pig […]

Mountain Accord Update

Mountain Accord Update

By Tom Diegel  Utah Adventure Journal readers are likely aware of Mountain Accord, the coalition of dozens of formal stakeholders across the Wasatch Front and Back that came together three years ago to attempt to hammer out a resolution that would address the many interests and pressures on the Central Wasatch (see the Winter 14-15 UAJ).  In […]

Is Outdoor Retailer Bad for Utah Public Lands?

Is Outdoor Retailer Bad for Utah Public Lands?

Is Outdoor Retailer Bad for Utah Public Lands? By Amanda Ashley Twice a year the Outdoor Retailer show descends on Salt Lake City and is the largest gathering of the Outdoor Industry in the United States. The opportunity to meet with suppliers, retailers, manufacturers, athletes, demo products and learn about new materials makes OR a truly unique […]

From the Top Down- Backpacking the Zion Narrows

From the Top Down- Backpacking the Zion Narrows

The scene before me looks like news footage of a crowded New York City sidewalk. A stream of people, hundreds, maybe thousands deep, approach. These people trickled in a few at a time at first; a giggling, young couple here, a group of shirtless college boys there. But as we near the end of our […]

A Game Changer- Pack Rafting Through Canyon Country

A Game Changer- Pack Rafting Through Canyon Country

  Day ten of our desert jaunt, and I felt somewhat exhausted. I slowly sipped my coffee while I packed to go boating. It wasn’t making much sense at the time. We had spent the previous nine days hiking, canyoneering, and ruin-hunting all over the deserts of Utah and Arizona. Now, we were boating? I […]

I Am Becoming the Desert

I Am Becoming the Desert

  “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” – Edward Abbey   Autumn rains and cold temps descended upon Park City early November. As the trees prepared for hibernation, we prepared for escape. The daily mundane of schedules, lists, […]

The Hogback

The Hogback

  The Hogsback…there’s no other stretch of highway remotely like it. Eleven and a half miles of the craziest road you’ve ever seen; a rocky spine with a drop of over a thousand feet on both sides and vertigo views of the sandstone cliffs and canyons of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Your senses short-circuit […]

Wasatch to the Huayhuash- Lessons in the Peruvian Andes

Wasatch to the Huayhuash- Lessons in the Peruvian Andes

I never thought the Wasatch Mountains could look small. A year ago, this same ribbon of Highway 189 took my breath away. The striated peak of Mount Timpanogos had been the most impressive mountain I’d seen since I moved to Utah. Now, returning after ten days spent high in the Peruvian Andes, ol’ Timp just […]