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The Pothunting Problem- Thieves of Time in the American Southwest

The Pothunting Problem- Thieves of Time in the American Southwest

Two hours after wearing a surveillance wire in a pot-hunting investigation, I placed a loaded .38 Colt revolver in my pickup. Just in case. I told my wife to lock the doors and windows, shut the blinds, and keep our small sons inside. The young pothunter I had just helped  the feds bust knew I […]

The Life of a River Ranger

The Life of a River Ranger

The call came in at 6am.  I was standing in line at the Patagonia outlet store for one of their big sales.  “Hey, can you try to find me some size 33 olive shorts at the sale?”  James hesitated.  “And I know it is a long shot, but some olive swim trunks would be awesome.” […]

Unsung Heroes- Inside the Utah Avalanche Center

Unsung Heroes- Inside the Utah Avalanche Center

“As long as it snows and blows in Utah, there will be avalanches.”  I am not sure who said this, but their wisdom resonates louder than their words ever could.  The combination of epic Utah terrain and copious amounts of annual snowfall, coupled with the fact that there are over a million people with easy […]

Solo Down the Middle Fork of the Salmon

Solo Down the Middle Fork of the Salmon

In 2009 I won the lottery. The ticket cost $6 and I won the right to pay $700 for a 5 day camping trip. The lottery was held by the Forest Service, and winners got a permit to float the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The Middle Fork winds for about 100 miles through […]