Wow I wish I could post all the pictures I took today so I could share with you all. Instead I just chose 9 of my favorite. #BearsEars
Bears Ears.. what a beautiful place for a wedding. Awesome weekend. Congrats Brian and Kate!
I always end up thinking of Ed Abbey when I go to the desert. His conviction that “better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion,” hits home in this wild time we’re living in. The cruel truth of the day is this: November 6th is Election Day; get your ass out there and vote or democracy fails. .
“Ah yes, a head full of books. The hard part is to force them down through the bloodstream and out through the fingers.” Abbey
This will never get old. Another amazing day in one of my favorite places with @climbwritekalman @karl.kelley @tiogathedog.
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Forty years ago the US Congress passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act so Native Americans could practice their faith freely and so their sacred sites could be protected. Today, their religious practices are threatened all over again by the Trump Administration, who reduced the Bears Ears National Monument by over 1 million acres. LINK IN BIO ⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️ #nativeamerican
, #bearsears #bearsearsnationalmonument
My friend @climbwritekalman
on the onsight of an awesome neglected classic at the Cat Wall called Cattle Call. Awesome send Chris! Not only is Chris a great climber, he is an amazing author. He is one of the authors for the new Index WA. Guide book. He also penned a great fictional book called As above, so below. Check it out. A great read!
#creekfreak #asabovesobelow #indiancreek #Bearsears #worksucks
Wow, I did not expect to see this today! I also did not expect to see so many bucks this morning. I was floored when I saw 3 Golden eagles flying above us. #BearsEars
The man, the myth, the legend... @karl.kelley
in his happy place, #indiancreek
. Or should I call it #bearsears
since it is an official part of the monument, even after Zinke’s shrinkage (aka #zinkage
)? Either way, it’s beautiful. And so is Karl! Not only has he recently published a FANTASTIC new climbing guidebook to the area with @sharpendpublishing
(link to purchase in my bio), he also donated 100% of his share of profits from the book to @accessfund
! What a guy! The new book is roughly twice as big as the old one. And is damn helpful in finding and racking for climbs. Tremendous job Karl! Proud to call you friend.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 16th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, join us for a lecture on Bears Ears Monument: A Case Study if Native Cultural Management Practices, featuring Pat Gonzales-Rogers, J.D. Pat is the Executive Director for the Bears Ears Monument where he supervises staff and the direction of tribal land management plans. This free event is open to the public and there will be food served.
#nascc #Indigenousnationsstudies #psu #bearsears #portland #pdx
Day 4, Part 2
We stopped at an antique shop and met a beautiful person named Nancy. As we were headed out the door of her shop Nancy gave us a handful of delicious fresh prunes and told us to make sure we take highway 12 when leaving Bryce Canyon to go to Moab. This would turn out to be one of the the best decisions we made on our trip. This was by far the most amazing drive we have ever done and one of the highlights of the trip. I’ve never seen so many different landscapes in one sitting. One of the major highlights of the trip happened while passing through Escalante in the Grand Staircase area. To some a cornfield in Iowa may be heaven but that’s because they’ve yet to experience this place. It was pure joy to experience Grand Staircase (especially with Meg) however with the joy came heartbreak. To see this amazing area and know that almost 700,000 acres will be dissolved and possibly destroyed as public land at the hands of our government for temporary capitalistic gain is unimaginable. I truly hope that Americans will come to see how critical it is to preserve our public lands before they get destroyed and polluted by large industry. Our lands, water, and air are some of the greatest assets we have in the USA and we cannot take these for granted. Back to highway 12...So I will seriously say that the extra 1 Hour drive to follow this route is absolutely worth it. I uploaded a pic showing the highway 12 route we took from Bryce canyon to Moab (just in case anyone wants to drive the route). On the way through to Moab we drove through Capital Reef National Park. We spent the least amount of time here however we did stop and see some of the ancient
Petroglyphs done by the Fremont Culture(AD 600 to 1300). Day 4 was definitely my favorite day of the trip and a must for anyone road tripping in Utah.
BurningVan @MegAbles #BigCottonwood #ZionNationalPark #BryceCanyon #ArchesNationalPark #GrandStaircase #CapitolReefNationalPark #Escalante #NationalParks #NationalMonument #Utah #Moab #VanLife #DirtBag #RockClimbing #crag #adventure #bomber #Petroglyphs
#BigHornedSheep #MuleDeer #KeepPublicLandPublic #MonumentsForAll #Patagonia #LiveSimply #bearsears
“The presence and absence of water ruled the people of this landscape. They were an elemental people, their civilization poised on the sharp edge of nature, the environment swirling and booming around them as if they had colonized the face of the sun.” -Craig Childs #grandgulch #bearsears
The pitter patter of rain made my first time at Indian Creek much more reflective and tent filled than with climbing as I had planned. Still had a great time with new and old friends, and got a few days on the rock once the sand stone had dried out. I see now why people love the stillness of the desert and I can’t wait to go back.
The South Six-Shooter at moonset. .
The creation of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments included many beautiful spires, hoodoos, arches, and other redrock wonders. In between these grandiose features was also a lot of rabbitbrush plains which have potential for grazing and mining. .
The recent change in boundaries of these monuments was intended to leave the "monumental" features within boundaries, but allow for the leasing of the land between them to the agricultural and extractive industries. .
What are your thoughts on the most recent changes by #zinke
and the #trumpadministration
? Does it favor #statesrights
? Or does it favor #corporaterights
Leave your thoughts in the comments.
#bearsears #indiancreek #theneedles #canyonlands #monumentalmistake #deseretindustria
We have already waited over a week to climb and today, after 48 hours without rain, the ground beneath the route was still saturated. It broke my heart to return to the van without having placed a single cam, without even making my first set of tape gloves this season, but upholding the highest standard is simply what I expect of myself. If we are industry professionals, guides, educators, lovers of this desert and we put our own desires above the rock, then how can we expect others to do the same? Tomorrow though... I'm ready! .
#indiancreek #bearsears #splitters #utahisrad #doingtherightthing #desertlove @thecodybradford
The night before Visiting Zion we drove up on the blm camping spot at dusk and spent a little time getting the van level. We couldn’t see the landscape because of the time of day. The next morning we woke up and soon realized that we were surrounded by amazing high peaks that towered over us. It was an amazing experience to wake up with such stunning views. We made some coffee via a French press provided by the BruningVan and headed out to Zion NP. Zion was by far the busiest park we visited. Parking was full so we parked .5 mile back in town. Parking was $20 bucks however we found a little store (Hoodoos General Store) that let us park for free with a $20 purchase. We got to the park and hiked Angel’s Landing via the West Rim trail. It was a 5.4 mile hike that includes a 1,488 vertical feet ascent up a winding switchback trail. It reminded me of the hike Frodo and Sam took up Mordor to deposit The Ring into the molten fire (only without the ominous skies and goblins along the way 😂). 150 yards from the sumit there is a single track trail equipped with exposed slanted rock and a chain to hold onto so you don’t die. This is the last leg of the hike. My kinda stuff except there was a heard of catastrophizing gumbys bottlenecking the route. After 30 mins of attempting to get by we decided it wasn’t worth it. Zion is spectacular however it was so so busy. I would definitely recommend visiting in the off-season and avoiding as many people as possible. Part of the success of Zion is arriving early. Doors open at 7 am which is when u will want to go.
@BurningVan @MegAbles #BigCottonwood #ZionNationalPark #BryceCanyon #ArchesNationalPark #GrandStaircase #CapitolReefNationalPark #Escalante #NationalParks #Moab #SaltLakeCity #VanLife #DirtBag #RockClimbing #crag #adventure #blm #bomber #sendit #Gumby #Petroglyphs
#BigHornedSheep #MuleDeer #KeepPublicLandPublic #MonumentsForAll #Patagonia #bearsears #desert