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Bill Barron- Riding Across Utah for Climate Change

Bill Barron- Riding Across Utah for Climate Change

Candidate Bill Barron to Reprise Bike Ride Across Utah Two years ago, Bill Barron ran against all odds for US Senator against powerful incumbent Orrin Hatch. Though defeated, he is running for office again this year for a seat in the US Congress to represent Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. A carpenter by trade, Barron “would […]

Road Trip- Cedar Mesa

Road Trip- Cedar Mesa

By MacKenzie Ryan You scour the Southwest for less-talked-about ideas—Edward Abbey would have lost his mind if he knew how many people ran around the desert and wrote about it.  Cedar Mesa was like the Nebraska of the Anasazi to Mesa Verde’s Chicago. Nobody writes about Nebraska. Perfect. Cliff dwellings, canyons so stocked with cottonwoods […]

Interview- Steve Allen

Interview- Steve Allen

  Steve Allen is widely recognized as being one of the foremost canyoneers and explorers of remote areas in the Southwest. He has made numerous first descents of slot canyons across the region, and has published several books on canyoneering and hiking, introducing untold numbers to the sport. His books and insight are recognized as […]

Road Trip- Kolob Arch

Road Trip- Kolob Arch

Tucked deep within a secluded fold of sandstone on the west side of Zion National Park is one of the world’s largest arches. Kolob Arch has long been a quiet destination for those looking to get away from the crowds. Miles of washes, cascades, buttresses, trees, and flowers lead through a majestic desert landscape peppered […]

Interview- Tejay van Garderen

Interview- Tejay van Garderen

Tejay van Garderen is the hottest American cyclist on the pro tour. Last year he was named the “Best Young Rider” at the Tour de France after finishing the grueling race in 5th place, an award won by previous American racing legends Greg LeMond and Andy Hampsten. In 2011, he was the first American to […]

Interview- Ashley Korenblat

Interview- Ashley Korenblat

Ashley Korenblat has been the owner of the Moab based tour company Western Spirit Cycling since 1996, and has been in the bicycle industry for many years previous.  Ashley is a former bike racer, former wall street captive,  and was president of Merlin during the titanium mountain bike heyday and served as president of the […]

Interview- Melissa Arnot

Interview- Melissa Arnot

Melissa Arnot is a professional mountain guide, working internationally since 2004 for Rainier Mountaineering Inc. She has climbed Mt. Rainier 93 times in 12 years, and has been a lead guide for the company since 2006. She has also stood on the summit of Mt. Everest 4 times, more than any other woman, and will […]

Bill Barron- Running (and Biking) for U.S. Senate

Bill Barron- Running (and Biking) for U.S. Senate

Have you heard enough ‘spin’ from politicians this summer? How about this for a political spin? This September Bill Barron, candidate for US Senate of Utah, will embark on a 1200 mile bike ride across Utah. Starting in Logan and ending in Kanab, Barron’s ride will also traverse to Vernal in the northeast corner of […]

Book Review: Desert Towers: Fat Cat Summits and Kitty Litter Rock. By Steve Bartlett

Book Review: Desert Towers: Fat Cat Summits and Kitty Litter Rock. By Steve Bartlett

Desert Towers: Fat Cat Summits and Kitty Litter Rock By Steve “Crusher” Bartlett Sharp End Publishing 2011 352 Pages Any climber who has set foot in southern Utah can’t help being swept up in the majesty of the place—the endless red rock walls and narrow sandstone towers. Spend enough time in “The Red Planet,” and […]

Book Review: Utah's Wasatch Range- Four Season Refuge

Book Review: Utah’s Wasatch Range- Four Season Refuge

Utah’s Wasatch Range: Four Season Refuge 25 Years of Photographs by Howie Garber Peter E. Randall- Publisher Portsmouth, NH 2012 211 pages   If you’ve been a regular reader of the Utah Adventure Journal, you’ve no doubt seen the work of frequent contributor Howie Garber. A resident of Salt Lake City for 40 years, he […]

Guy Cotter- A Life of Climbing

Guy Cotter- A Life of Climbing

Guy Cotter is the director of New Zealand based guide service Adventure Consultants. A 30 year veteran of  leading mountaineering expeditions and climbing all over the globe, Guy has climbed the ‘Seven Summits’ including 4 climbs to the top of Mt. Everest. Fourteen years after his first Everest summit climb he completed his Seven Summits […]

A Strip Mine near Bryce?

A Strip Mine near Bryce?

Editors note- Numerous phone calls to Alton Coal for a response to this editorial were unreturned, and were finally met with a ‘no comment’. It seems that some harebrained scheme related to land or energy development is always floating about in Utah. The latest such questionable proposal is for surface (strip) coal mine located less […]

Pat Ormond- Climbs the Cassin Ridge

Pat Ormond- Climbs the Cassin Ridge

The Cassin Ridge route on Denali is perhaps the pinnacle of mountaineering in North America, and certainly one of the classics worldwide. Rising uninterrupted for 9000 feet right from the Kahiltna Glacier to the top of the continent, climbing the Cassin involves commitment, fitness, and the skill to climb steep, mixed terrain at altitude. This […]

Motorized Coalition, Environmentalists Disagree on Access Issues

Motorized Coalition, Environmentalists Disagree on Access Issues

Motorized Coalition, Environmentalists Disagree on Access Issues In early May of this year in southern Utah’s Kane County, over 100 off-road vehicles rallied to drive up the Paria River in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Although the governing body, Bureau of Land Management, had clearly stated that the action was illegal, riders staging the […]

Book Review

Book Review

Resurrection–Glen Canyon and a New Vision for the American West By Annette McGivney Photos by James Kay 1st edition 2009 Braided River Books 169 pages Glen Canyon once harbored more prehistoric Native American archaeological sites than almost anywhere else in the Southwest (nearly three thousand were found during a hurried 1950’s pre-dam survey). In Resurrection, […]