Fresh from the Backcountry
- The Southwest is packed with strange landscapes
but The Wave offers a special brand of surrealism. No artist could have designed such a masterpiece of
irregular simplicity. Sculpted corridors
feed into an undulating bowl of brilliantly striated sandstone...
- The grandeur of Buckskin Gulch is almost oppressive. Some landscapes subtly affirm nature's mastery
of the sublime. There's nothing subtle about Buckskin Gulch. It's an impossibly deep, winding
channel out of a 200-million-year-old sandstone slab. Its narrows stretch for over 12 miles before it
collides with its larger cousin, the Paria...
Jacob City: Exploring an Abandoned Canyon
- The tunnel wound and forked through ochre rock; tall and narrow in some places, low enough to require hunching over
in others. We passed dripping new cave formations like stalactites, flowstone, and cave pearls:
graceful conceptions of nature that appear only after decades of quiet solitude...
All Sorts of Stings
- All spiders are venomous, but North America is home to only three species that are considered
a threat to humans. Most spiders either have venom too weak to be harmful, or teeth too small to
puncture human skin...
- Over the years, a variety of men and women have dashed themselves against these undulating peaks and basins.
In one such surge of attention, a gaggle of nineteenth-century naturalists flocked westward on the newly minted
Union Pacific Railroad, each hoping to be the first to make the “next big discovery” out West...
Unearthing History in Range Creek Canyon
- Duncan points out a couple of crumbling homesteader’s cabins. At one of the cabins, the fallen timbers sprawl
through the rock walls. He stops and tells the story of a young, single rancher who struggled to make a living here.
He wasn’t here long before he was found dead by his neighbor...
The Lakes Backcountry
- Most experts agree there is no gold in the Uintas. However, two men created minor turmoil when they claimed
to own a map showing the location of several lost mines. According to their story, the maps were found on a group
of dead Mexicans in 1830. Supposedly the Mexicans had been harvesting gold from one of the lost Spanish mines...
- When we catch up, I lean over the sideways tree and see Paul, unknowingly sitting with his back
to a full-size ram. Half the ram’s torso is eaten away by some monstrous predator. Its broken ribs jut into
the air. t would have been a quick kill in the narrow canyon...
"1.21 Gigawatts!": The Real Facts about Lightning
- In July 2003, Rick and Lisa Goff were enjoying an idyllic afternoon with their three children.
They set up camp near the shore of Crystal Lake in the Uinta Mountains. As an early afternoon storm gathered
, the Goffs moved their lawn chairs under a tree for shelter...
Dispelling the Snakebite Myth
- Over the years there have been many in-the-field remedies for snakebites. Most of these
therapies are as strange as our fear of snakes, and none of them work. Mostly, they increase
the harm that is already being done...