Great footage from Backpacker.com of a bear coming out of hibernation.
We’ve been following what we will refer to as The Bears Ears Situation for a while now. We feel that we have finally found enough facts, or at least “sides to the story” to report on the situation.
We have chosen to link out to the article from The Salt Lake Tribune for just this reason. So much of the controversy has become a “Trump vs. Conservationalists” discussion that we wanted to include what happened before Trump and move the issue away from whether or not you “hate or love” our current President.
Note: Native Tribes pushed the Obama administration to create Bears Ears to preserve their history, culture, way of life and to give them more of voice in the management of this land.
Note: Utah is a largely Republican state with many elected officials being upset that Obama was probably going to designate the Bears Ears Monument against the State of Utah’s wishes. They viewed this as a federal land grab that infringed on their States Rights to manage the land as they wish.
Note: The creation of the Bears Ears monument was known to be probably before Obama left office but after Trump was elected president. The referenced article explains how Utah officials started lobbying Trump before he even took office.
Note: Speaking of lobbying, at least on uranium mining company, Energy Fuels Resources (USA) Inc. launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument. According to the Washington Post, the nation’s sole uranium processing mill sits directly next to the boundaries that President Obama designated only a year ago Source Link
Note: Trump has stated that he is “only giving the land back to Utah as they will be better able to manage it” and he “righting an overreach of the federal government”
The above information leaves us with many questions that we are still deliberating on.
- What is the roll of conservation vs the creation of jobs in the energy sector?
- Is this an issue of States Rights or States not recognizing Tribal Rights and the Federal Government stepping in ensure Tribal protection?
- Should the Federal Government be responsible for ensuring conservation of anything? Should we become more and more reliant on them to protect what we feel is important at the extent where they continue to have more and more power?
- Should people as whole become more pro-active in the efforts they believe in such as to influence local/state level representatives and even companies so that conservation is more important to everybody?
- Our favorite major-level response to all of this is from the beginning when apparel company Patagonia boycotted the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake because Utah officials called on President Trump to repeal the Bears Ears Monument.
In the end, it is our opinion that the only vote that really counts in the vote you make with your dollar. If you hit someone in the pocketbook hard enough they will listen. But it takes lot’s of people together to hit the pocket books hard enough to change the mind of party oriented elected officials on either side of the isle. In Utah’s case it will come down to their economy.
Is recreation and conservation worth more money to the state, localities and local economy than the energy sector?
What are you thoughts on Trump’s order to shrink the National Monument?
This is the biggest RRGCC fundraiser of the year and is what enables the RRGCC to make their mortgage payments and to save money for future purchases. The event runs Friday through Sunday and consists of sponsor booths with the latest gear, raffles and contests for prizes, a movie, live music, food trucks, crate stacking, a climbing competition, and clinics taught by professional athletes.
If you are a rock climber, recreationally or professionally you have no doubt heard of Rocktoberfest at the Red River Gorge.
Use the Source Link to head over the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition website for all of the event info including dates, times, locations and pricing.
See you there!
We loved these reviews, hope you do as well.
Look in the right spots. Find like-minded hikers in clubs that revolve around your interests, like photography, birding, or long trails. Easy place to start: a meetup.com or Sierra Club hiking group in your area. – See more at: http://www.backpacker.com/skills/beginner/how-to-find-the-perfect-hiking-partner/#sthash.PUWDwzqz.dpuf
BOASTING A HEFTY 2.3 MILLION INSTAGRAM FOLLOWING, CHRIS BURKARD CONTINUES TO FIND NEW WAYS TO GIVE HIS AUDIENCE WHAT THEY WANT. HIS LATEST ADVENTURE RESULTED IN BURKARD’S MOST POPULAR INSTAGRAM PHOTO OF ALL TIME.
The loss of some of the central attractions that make Alaska beautiful not only saddens us, but makes us question; What can we really do? Always vote with your dollar, be conscious of who you support and vote for progressive change. Remember, many periods of time made America great, not just the industrial revolution. It is time to change our economy to reflect the needs of the world or we will all perish.
25-year-old old Victoria Valchev is all about ice-climbing, but not at the expense of her real job.
Strong Women have been standing up everywhere and this is something to be proud of! As a person who has a young daughter, roll models that show women can do and accomplish anything are very important in our daily lives.
Check the full article #inspirational
It is our opinion that greed will be the downfall of our beautiful rural areas no matter where they are located. In this article found in Climbing Magazine online, the matter of development near Red Rock Canyon is discussed and a link to sign a petition is included.
Please, take a moment to sign the petition and keep the populations in the cities. Our stance is Build Highrises Not Sub-Divisions.
If you have never heard of Mike Horn, don’t feel bad, neither have we, but we can tell you that thanks to The Red Bulletin we will be following his travels as he goes through the South Pole (the southern Pole of Inaccessibility) and then meets up with is custom 115-foot sailboat, The Pangaea and continues to the North Pole.
After a near-death climbing experience, I was inspired to dig deeper into the psychology of fear and find out what I could learn about its effect on performance, how it wells up in the first place, and what we can do to deal with it. What I found will take your climbing to the next level—and could save your life.
This 15 minute read explains the emotions and science behind fear and the ways anybody can overcome fear, whether it’s small or life or death, just by understanding the situation and the facts.
The Red Bulletin did some research and came up with 7 great runs in the largest cities in the US. Check it out!