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Oh Henry’s

What I really like about National Parks (and ZAC, the company I work for, for that matter), is that they make the concept of “adventure” very accessible, regardless of what people’s level of adventure is. That to say, what really inspired our staff outing to the Henry Mountains was how very inaccessible those mountains are. Bordered on the West by Capitol Reef’s Waterpocket Fold and on the East by Utah Highway 95, they’re far enough beyond the middle of nowhere that it really is no wonder that they were the last explored and geographically mapped mountain range in the lower 48. In fact, to get there, we first had to drive many hours from anywhere to the middle of nowhere, make a right, and drive far enough that where we had previously thought was nowhere began to really feel like it was… somewhere. And then we kept driving. Mostly up. Hang a right towards that ‘road’ down there, keep driving through the canyons and up and down the mesas until you get to those mountains in the distance. Then keep driving. …But not before a stop at Hell’s Backbone Grill for breakfast and coffee. If we were going to leave … Continue reading

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Travel Journal: Cirque Du Soleil

I saw my first Cirque Du Soleil performance, Ka, this week in Las Vegas. I managed to find a promotional code on ebay for cheap tickets, and so, in the midst of my dirtbag camping and climbing trip at Red Rock Canyon, I donned a button down shirt, my grown-up pants, and loafers and went to the show. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I did not expect to be greeted by ninjas flipping up and down the balconies, I did not expect the stage to dump the actors into an abyss, and I did not expect to feel so compelled to run off and join the circus (or cirque). It is hard for me to describe what I experienced, except that it was powerful. The salient message seemed to be that there is beauty in everything. The characters express beauty in the light and the dark, in fighting and in dance. In the context of my climbing trips, I was acutely aware of how effortlessly the characters moved. I want to climb with that sort of passion, to display art in movement.  I used to be a fairly accomplished gymnast, have always loved kung fu movies, and feel … Continue reading

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Ed Viesturs on Risk and Decision

As outdoor adventurers, we often converse with the little angels and devils on our shoulders when tough environmental or team conditions conflict with our goals. Recently in “The Wrong Stuff” on Slate.com, Ed Viesturs discusses risk, climbing, and difficult decisions with humility and poise. Check it out. Into Thin Error: Mountaineer Ed Viesturs on Making Mistakes
Posted Monday, June 14, 2010 11:11 AM | By Kathryn Schulz There’s a select number of places on earth where you really, really don’t want to make a mistake. High on the list, in every sense, are the planet’s tallest mountains: the 14 peaks in the world that are more than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet). Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest mountaineers, Ed Viesturs is one of fewer than 20 people and the only American to have climbed all of those peaks—and one of only five to have climbed them without supplemental oxygen. Nonclimbers probably know him best as the star of the 1996 IMAX movie about Mount Everest, which he has climbed seven times. I sought Viesturs out because I was curious about the kind of attitude you develop toward error when a single mistake can easily cost you your life. I … Continue reading

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