Driving out of the small town of Hanksville, Utah, I gaze out my window at this foreign landscape. Various geologic formations make me think that I’m no longer on earth. James informs me that the grey coloration, and the out of this world rock formations are the Mancos shale, a sight that I have yet
Thai coconut curry for dinner, turkey avocado wraps for lunch, Triscuit cream cheese apple sandwiches for snacks, and, of course, the staple: oats, Nutella and peanut butter for breakfast. The pleasures of eating don’t have to be sacrificed in the backcountry. In fact, they can only be intensified (hunger is the best spice after all).
In the morning as we geared up for our first real day of river travel with packs on, I admit, I was not looking forward to plunging my feet into the Dirty Devil. The day started looking up when the morning sun reached our class circle, warming my bundled body. With thoughts of tar sands,
There are some things that only happen in the back country. Pooping in cat holes, wearing a pair of underwear for an indefinite amount of time, and becoming master of the one-pot meal are among them. You might even develop such a strong attachment with your one utensil that even after returning home you choose
Our second day in the backcountry was our first day hiking in the bottom of Horseshoe Canyon. Within the first hour of our trek, Ben stopped in his tracks and stooped to grab something half buried in the sand. Amid a mosaic of stones and pebbles, the shiny red glint of a small specimen had
The word ‘desert’ implies ‘deserted,’ ‘forsaken,’ ‘abandoned.’ Before coming to the desert of the Colorado Plateau, I imagined this place as an expanse of lifeless rocks, with a few tumbleweeds blowing in the wind. I was shocked to find that this place is not deserted at all. This area gets only seven inches of rain
It was day three in horseshoe canyon, after a grueling two miles the previous day, it was time for a layover… What exactly is a layover day? Well, the possibilities are endless, but essentially it meant that we were camping in the same (gorgeous) spot as the night before. So there was nowhere we had