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The Heart of Soul

The Heart of Soul

“You should check out our shop and see what we’ve got going on. I’m not sure if you know much about Soul Poles but we are a small startup geared towards making sexy products for soulful people,” read the email. It was from Bryon Friedman, sent to me last February, in the deep of winter. […]

Interview- Chris Davenport

Interview- Chris Davenport

How did you get into ski mountaineering? Ski mountaineering was something that was always inside me.  I grew up skiing Tuckerman Ravine, NH when I was really young with my Dad and went up there every spring, so I got exposed to it pretty early.  Plus I was a climber as a teenager and did […]

Big Wall Boot Camp

Big Wall Boot Camp

 “Remember how we saw the 9th pitch pendulum on the topo and said we’d figure it out when we got there?” “Yeah,” Tim muttered at my asinine question. “Well, we’re there. And I have no idea how to do it, especially using these jumars and this hook thing.” “To start, the hook has absolutely nothing […]

I Wish I Was in Dixie Land

I Wish I Was in Dixie Land

An Anthem to a Single Ride in St. George St. George rocks. In the most literal, geological sense. They’re pretty phenomenal from a historical point of view. Red rock and crumbling mesas flank the horizon in every direction. Get close enough and you’ll spot petroglyph artifacts that are bleached into the smooth walls of sandstone […]

Desert Blitz

Desert Blitz

Five National Parks, a twelve-pack, and one really big blister.   Some states get excited about things like fruit that grows exceptionally well, or trees that block out the sun. Others hype things like historical monuments or an impressive mineral supply. Sure, every state has something unique to offer. But none are as drool-worthy and […]

A Tale of Two (Desert) Towers

A Tale of Two (Desert) Towers

“Nice work, Man!” I exalt as Paul joins me on ledge 1 of Castleton Tower’s North Chimney. The strenuous, 140 foot, 5.8 pitch he’s just conquered is one of the best and hardest of its grade anywhere. And it happens to be on the quintessential desert tower, aka Castle Rock. This 400-foot icon is irresistible […]

Sharp Desert Singletrack- Rethinking Mountain Biking in Vernal

Sharp Desert Singletrack- Rethinking Mountain Biking in Vernal

Someone stole Adam’s bike. He calls to tell me this on the eve of our long-planned mountain bike trip to Vernal. For years I’ve been itching to discover the hype of desert singletrack only three hours east of Salt Lake City, but various scheduled trips were always sidetracked by weather, partners cancelling, and life itself […]