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Book Review- The Great American Dirtbags

  The Great American Dirtbags By Luke Mehall 2014 Luke Mehall/Benighted Publications 129 Pages   It’s a familiar story seen and heard in mountain towns all over the West. People from all over the country discover their wanderlust and passions for outdoor adventure, often chasing those dreams to the crags, peaks, and powder of the…

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Crossing the Devil

The Devil’s Castle is a Wasatch landmark, standing guard over upper Albion Basin high above the town of Alta. The craggy limestone is dark and foreboding, standing out as a singular peak along the crest of the range. With a summit just shy of 11,000 feet, the summit provides a panoramic view that takes in…

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Beaver Creek- One Year Later

Today marks the one year anniversary of the flare up of the devastating Beaver Creek fire that burned for three weeks in S. Central Idaho in 2013. The lightning caused blaze forced the evacuations of thousands in the Wood River Valley, scorched nearly 120,000 acres, and burned through some of the finest mountain biking trails…

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Wildflower Season

The high mountain meadows are bursting with great color all over this time of year. The trails come alive with the scents and vibrant colors of an incredible array of wildflower species, some more prevalent than others, some obscure. We always try to point out the ones we know, and hope to learn the names…

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Book Review- The Bike Deconstructed

The Bike Deconstructed By Richard Hallet Princeton Architectural Press/ 192 pages   Generally speaking and at face value, the bicycle is a fairly simple and straightforward contraption. You push on a pedal that is levered by a crank that turns a chainring that turns a wheel propelling you forward. Most of all they are a…

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New Beer From Uinta to Support the UAC

  As a tribute to their hometown, Uinta Brewing Company introduces 801 Pilsner. The 801 brand embodies Uinta’s appreciation and enthusiasm for the Utah market who has been supporting and drinking Uinta for 21 years. With the 801 label a nod to the area code that at one time encompassed all of Utah. The 801…

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Psicobloc Returns to Park City

The Psicobloc (Spanish for “crazy bouldering,” or what is commonly referred to as “deep-water soloing”) climbing competition returns to Park City again this coming August 6th through 8th at the Utah Olympic Park, with the competition being held in the freestyle aerial training pool. Last year’s competition drew an estimated crowd of over 5,000 spectators…

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Gear Review- AKU Rock Lite II GTX

  The fine Italian craftsmanship and durability are readily apparent throughout the AKU line. In the Rock Lite II GTX model, the company delivers a multi-terrain, lightweight, breathable hiker with immediate comfort and fit. A perfect balance of ruggedness for hiking over scree, and lightweight construction for moving down the smooth trail this is one…

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Gear Review- Patagonia Ascensionist 35 Backpack

The new Ascensionist line of packs from Patagonia is designed to fit everything you need, and nothing you don’t. The best thing is how it expands to meet your needs. Perfect for a day or two when you want to move fast and light, the Ascensionist 35L is a lightweight, but deceptively rugged due to…

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Snowbird Resort Changes Hands

  Snowbird Resort announced a change of ownership yesterday. Businessman and longtime Snowbird patron Ian Cumming has acquired an 80% share of the resort, with longtime owner Dick Bass remaining as chairman. Cumming maintains that the resort will not become part of his Powdr Corp. family of resorts. Powdr owns Park City which is engaged…