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Team: South
Jan Nesset
Saturday, August 3
Lines On A Map
All mountaineers and off-trail hikers specialize in searching for and traveling the paths of least resistance through difficult terrain. They may appear as game trails, ridges, ledges, maintained trails, what have you.
Our team is not as fortunate when our route and our public lands mission disagree. Not all public lands are large tracts of land as we think of Parks, Wilderness, Monuments, etc. Sometimes they're slivers of land that are what they are because of land swaps or they belong to the checkerboards that were created when the railroads were finding routes across the country.
However they may be broken down, whatever their configuration, the slivers of public land that we hiked and scrambled today broke us down and tired us out.
We use the hand-held GPS units to find our way through the landscape. In fact, we're slaves to the lines programmed into the units. Where that line tells us to go we go, especially on these small parcels of public land. when we have some wiggle room on large tracts of land we take the lines of least resistance i.e. game trails, ridge tops et al.
But today, ouch! Our GPS lines religiously found the middle of these slim and skinny parcels of public land. Many times when the easy traveling was high or low over obstacles such as rock outcroppings and cliffs our route took us directly through them. We had no option but to climb and scramble over them, sometimes ridiculously so. But that was our route through public land and we held to it. It's an unnatural way to travel but this is our life. For ten hours today.
Bloody, bruised, exhausted and battleworn, our team managed the travel just fine but at the expense of appreciating what lingered at and around our feet and across our vistas. We were in survival mode, and that's exactly what we did.
I've been thinking about that and realize how grateful I am for both the accessible and inaccessible aspects of our land.
There will always be solitude, secret places, and untold treasures to discover as long as our land hold mystery.
I wonder what's in that cave? What's around the next bend? How can I get up there?
Mysteries, everywhere.
for Saturday, August 3
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: South
Jan Nesset
An experienced outdoorsman, Jan Nesset knows that everyone has to pitch in at camp
A native of Montana and the third of four children, Jan Nesset joins American...
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American Frontiers: Part II: Taking Stock
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Sunday, December 1
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Thursday, November 21
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Sunday, November 17
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The Bisti Badlands
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Friday, November 15
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Public Land Flows Through It
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Thursday, November 7
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A Day At Earth Analytic's Home
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Tuesday, October 29
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Slot Canyon Adventure
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Monday, October 28
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Some Things Never Change
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Sunday, October 27
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Back To The Wave
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Monday, October 7
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Saturday, September 28
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A New Beginning: National Public Lands Day
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Thursday, September 26
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Wednesday, September 25
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History-Coated Strawberry
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Tuesday, September 24
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The Last Of It
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Monday, September 23
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Dinosaurlandia
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Sunday, September 22
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Over The Edge
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Saturday, September 21
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God Bless America
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Friday, September 20
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Sometimes It's A Tough Life And We Get To Do It
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Thursday, September 19
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The Niche Near You
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Wednesday, September 18
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Snow Day
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Tuesday, September 17
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A Capitol Reef Bull's Eye
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Monday, September 16
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A Lucky Rift
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Sunday, September 15
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Riding The Hog's Back
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Saturday, September 14
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Oh Rhythm My Rhythm
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Friday, September 13
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Precious Images
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Thursday, September 12
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From the Hole to the Staircase
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Wednesday, September 11
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Happy Days
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Tuesday, September 10
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Do You Believe In Magic?
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Monday, September 9
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The Bridge Over the River Why
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Sunday, September 8
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Public Lands And…Not You?
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Saturday, September 7
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That Place So Special
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Friday, September 6
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Just Looking To Have Some Fun – Be Dammed!
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Thursday, September 5
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Do The Wave
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Wednesday, September 4
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The Condors Are Coming!
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Tuesday, September 3
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Fires Are For The Birds
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Monday, September 2
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Back On Top
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Sunday, September 1
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Perfection
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Saturday, August 31
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The Wheels Have Left The Tarmac
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Friday, August 30
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Star Light
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Thursday, August 29
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The Traditional Connection
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Wednesday, August 28
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Onward and Upward On Mountain Bikes
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Tuesday, August 27
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Checkerboard Kings and Queens
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Monday, August 26
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Aldo Leopold As Ranch Manager
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Sunday, August 25
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A Story In Everything
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Saturday, August 24
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Fire In The Whole
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Friday, August 23
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"Good Morning, Flagstaff!"
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Thursday, August 22
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Hoping For The Best
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Wednesday, August 21
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Could Get Stinky
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Tuesday, August 20
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Wheels Asunder
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Monday, August 19
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Hurt Me, Thank You!
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Sunday, August 18
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Roads Aplenty and Rocks of Pleasure
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Saturday, August 17
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Of Dragons and Fire
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Friday, August 16
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Motorcycles and the Zen of Route Mechanics
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Thursday, August 15
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Puzzled
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Wednesday, August 14
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A Day Off, Sort Of
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Tuesday, August 13
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A Delightful, Light Day
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Monday, August 12
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Courage On Eagle Mountain
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Sunday, August 11
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Farewell
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Saturday, August 10
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My Aching Back In The Saddle
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Friday, August 9
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Back In The Saddle
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Thursday, August 8
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In The Saddle
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Wednesday, August 7
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Shut My Mouth!
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Tuesday, August 6
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Diversity and Song
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Monday, August 5
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An Unraveling
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Sunday, August 4
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A Bagged Peak
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Saturday, August 3
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Lines On A Map
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Friday, August 2
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GPS-Marriage Made In Heaven
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Thursday, August 1
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Free Wheelin'
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Wednesday, July 31
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An Excellent Start
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