Have you ever been to a Cabela’s store? I was there last week for a Maine Guide Certification prep course. I had never stepped foot into a Cabela’s store until last week. There is a lot of taxidermy and a kiosk to check your guns at the door. As someone who has never been hunting or fired a gun, the entire scene was unfamiliar to say the least and I quickly recognized that perhaps a passion for wilderness skills is not limited to crunchy, hippie tree huggers.
Last Saturday I finished guiding this year’s first Renewal in the Wilderness backpacking trip through the Paria Canyon. On day one we walked through the Buckskin Gulch, the longest and deepest slot canyon in the southwest United States (possibly the longest in the world). With authoritative walls that reach hundreds of feet above the trail, the Buckskin tightens in places to the point of brushing against both shoulders as we squeezed through the narrows one at a time.