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The Bridge at Bull Valley Gorge

The Bridge at Bull Valley Gorge

MAY,2019 UPDATE: FLASH FLOOD DESTROYS BRIDGE  The bridge at Bull Valley Gorge is gone, swept away by the brute force of flash flooding at the end of March or beginning of April this year. Gone is the narrow, white-knuckle crossing over the deep canyon; all that remains of the infamous bridge is a crumbling fin […]

Night Riders of Utahvania

Night Riders of Utahvania

The sun sets as I take my bike off the hitch rack. Mountain bikers in the parking space beside me do the opposite. They’re heading home. Although their ride has ended, mine is about to begin. I dig my shoes onto pedals and take off up lonely singletrack. A few stragglers are on the trail […]

Central Wasatch Comission Update

Central Wasatch Comission Update

What’s Happening with the CWC? By Tom Diegel If you play in the Wasatch Mountains at all, you know that you are most definitely not alone in your enthusiasm. From resort skiing to backcountry skiing, hiking to mountain biking to climbing, scenic drives to scenic strolls, you know that all of these activities are wildly popular […]

Whose Duty is It?

Whose Duty is It?

Typically the pages of the Utah Adventure Journal are filled with inspiring stories of adventures around our fair state and beyond, as it should be. This story is not one of those. Instead, this tale is about one of the driest topics known to man:  import tariffs.  But bear with me a bit here; whether we like it or […]

An Unexpected Addition to My Gear Quiver

An Unexpected Addition to My Gear Quiver

I grew in a camping family. Backpacking and car camping; sleeping on the ground and cooking in the open. When thermarests were introduced, we viewed them as a sign of weakness and moral decay. We felt sorry for those who slept in white aluminum or fiberglass kennels.  This made my marriage a little tricky. My wife […]

Paddling the San Rafael

Paddling the San Rafael

“What are you looking at?” My wife, Louise asked.  “CFS,” I replied. “Ahhhh. What’s CFS?” She inquired.  “Cubic feet per second of course” I stated with a smirk.   “Oh, okay but….What?”   Our conversation wasn’t going well.  Louise had no idea what I was doing and/or referencing as she watched me stare at a line […]

Overlanding

Overlanding

Overlanding—the latest buzzword in the outdoor world.  Don’t believe me? Notice all the roof top tents atop vehicles.  Notice the vehicles outfitted with roof racks, extra fuel cans, awnings, and other gear attached to them.  Overlanding is all over social media, as well.  But, what does overlanding mean?  And, how to do it?  Lucky for you and me, Utah presents perfect […]

Roughs in the Diamond

Roughs in the Diamond

Park City is undeniably a world-wide mecca of mountain biking. With over 400 miles of singletrack and the honor of being the first IMBA Gold Ride Center on the planet, there’s a trail for every taste and experience level. People travel for miles to ride famed routes like Mid Mountain Trail, Wasatch Crest, Spiro, Flying […]

A Wild Classroom

A Wild Classroom

Around this time last year I wrote an article for the UAJ about a semester-long academic road trip that Westminster College offered in fall, 2017 through its environmental studies program. Since then Westminster has continued to expand its field-based studies programs, most notably through the creation of an outdoor education and leadershipmajor. As a part of […]

Winter is Coming...Hopefully

Winter is Coming…Hopefully

  “Winter is coming.” This simple phrase made popular by the TV show Game of Thrones,is pervasive and overused.You’ll find ithashtagged and quoted on every Instagram post featuring autumn colors, dark skies, or the first white dusting of the season. The saying is also very true. It’s a mantra that every mountain person doesn’t need […]

Grizzly Gulch- Keystone of the Wasatch

Grizzly Gulch- Keystone of the Wasatch

As population continues to grow along the Wasatch Front, more and more recreators in both winter and summer will continue to stress the natural resources of the Wasatch Range.  With the growth comes the inevitable consequence of traffic, parking, crowded trails and slopes for those looking for solitude in the Wasatch Range, and particularly the […]

The Art of Core Shot Avoidance

The Art of Core Shot Avoidance

  Utah’s best early-season backcountry ski tours   Story and Photos by Jared Hargrave     Patience is not a virtue of backcountry skiers. Every autumn Utah inevitably gets hammered by an early-season snowstorm that drops a few feet of virgin snow in upper elevations. Those peaks with frosted tips ignite a migration into the […]

Pfirst Time on the Pfeiff

Pfirst Time on the Pfeiff

  After a winter of big storms and deep snow, March was like a faucet that has been cinched shut. We had finally dried up. And, after a couple weeks of high pressure, the mountains were firm but stable. While it wasn’t powder skiing, it meant green light for big lines that would otherwise be […]

Traffic and Avalanche Hazard- The Realities of Getting up the Cottonwood Canyons

Traffic and Avalanche Hazard- The Realities of Getting up the Cottonwood Canyons

  It’s a tale as old as the Avalanche Forecast: “A good old fashioned cold front crashed through the Wasatch last night and snow totals are up to a foot (12″/0.86″SWE) in the Cottonwoods and the northern end of the Park City ridgeline. It’s still snowing”…(UAC Avy Report 12/4/2017)” Knowing it is dumping in the […]

A Trip With the Pros

A Trip With the Pros

  Photos by Chris Brown   There are some who dream of winning the lottery. The surplus of money is enticing, and people imagine buying the life experiences they might have lacked. Last April I won a type of lottery too; it started with a text message invite, and the big win of my winter […]