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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 […]

Luke Mehall is the American Climber

Luke Mehall is the American Climber

  Luke Mehall, 37, is a climber and author that speaks from a place at once of this generation of climbers and that of a fleeting era— an era that might be dubbed as the original dirtbag generation. In his longing for a life of simplicity he is a part of and apart from what […]

The Fight For the Bears Ears

The Fight For the Bears Ears

South of Bears Ears Pass, the tree covered Cedar Mesa stair steps down into the San Juan River canyon and the red dirt desert of the Navajo Nation. The pinnacles and buttes of Monument Valley rise up in front of distant Black Mesa, home of the Hopi, and the longest continually inhabited city in the […]

Gravitational Pull

Gravitational Pull

  The Proliferation of Lift Accessed Mountain Biking In The Wasatch   Photos by Jay Dash   4,457,575. This figure represents the number of people who visited Utah during the 2015/2016 ski season to explore the varied terrain of our world-class resorts. Last season broke all previous attendance records and the state realized a 10% […]

Bike Touring and the Economic Impact of the GSENM

Bike Touring and the Economic Impact of the GSENM

    Ever since President Clinton’s 1996 announcement of the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (which he did at the south rim of the Grand Canyon; a little weird, but apparently the venue was closer to a good landing spot for Air Force One than Escalante’s gravel airstrip?) it’s been a favorite target of ridicule by […]

Scrambling the Goddesses

Scrambling the Goddesses

  “Its a great exposed ledge. Unfortunately, it ends here, and you still have to make a few tricky moves above the fifty-foot drop-off. Don’t look down! Just focus on the hand and foot holds. No, don’t go up. That won’t help. It’ll just make it harder to climb back down. Stretch your right foot […]

Summer and the Outdoors- New Beers From Utah Breweries

Summer and the Outdoors- New Beers From Utah Breweries

  Summertime means new summer beers. Coolers full of ice, hot feet dangling in a cold creek, and the feeling of a frosty beer can sweating in your palm – all are evocative of summer, and it takes just the right kind of ale to make those moments happen. Utah’s breweries have us covered with […]

20 Seconds of Terror

20 Seconds of Terror

For a photographer, the Grand Canyon is a 280-mile candy store.   Great images hide on almost every bend, and despite frantic attempts at forcing the trip to be IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME, no plan ever works; no single trip has time to hike and photograph even half of the magic side […]

Under the Rim and Dreaming

Under the Rim and Dreaming

  It’s sort of a rite of passage kind of thing; ski season ends and everyone starts to get that itch to go the desert. I get that same itch. Unfortunately, I tend to get it before the parts of the desert that I like to visit are actually warm enough to enjoy. Nonetheless, I […]

Mountain Bikes in the Wilderness?

Mountain Bikes in the Wilderness?

  Mountain bikes are fun, they’re quiet, and they take their riders to amazing places. So why are they banned in wilderness? It’s a question of great concern to Ted Stroll, who, as head of the non-profit Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC), is working to change the Wilderness Act to allow mountain bikes in some of […]

53 Days to Climate Action

53 Days to Climate Action

  If you would have asked me 16 years ago, I would have told you there is no road connecting a two-month self-supported mountain bike ride with running for federal office. But I traveled that unlikely road, and it has been one worth taking.   Back in 2000, I embarked on what was then the […]