Quandary available Jan. 4!

This is a quick note to let y’all know that the next single from Desert Season, “Quandary”, will be streaming on Friday, January 4th, 2019! You can pre-save the song at this URL: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/americanpika/fZ4i

This sweet ride is parked in the San Rafael Swell, below the access point to Quandary Canyon.

Quandary is named after a canyon in the southwest corner of the San Rafael Swell. There are several rappels, some swimming, potholes if you want them, and a long walk back to your car. This was where my partner and I were introduced to Class 3 canyons in 2013. If you’re new to canyoneering, checkout the great website, www.canyoneeringusa.com, for more info before heading into the Swell.

Thanks for listening to American Pika!

Longs Release Notes

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Click on the picture, or here, to play Longs in Spotify!

Longs Peak is Colorado’s northern most 14er, or mountain whose summit is over 14,000 feet above sea level. It was the first “real” mountain I ever climbed, and it holds enough adventures for a life time. I’ve been to the summit twice, and hiked all ’round it.

This place risks being loved to death, so take care of this fragile place.

And take care of yourselves! It seems that at least one person dies on this mountain every year.

Thank you to Dustin Gaffke for making his amazing photo of the Diamond from Chasm Lake available.

San Rafael Swell Release Notes


Click the photo to open the song, San Rafael Swell, on Spotify.

The San Rafael Swell is a place with deep history and narrow canyons. You drive through it on I-70 as you pass through Utah, and most folks I talk with don’t know about the hiking and historical artifacts all around them. Indigenous people have left their marks on the canyon walls, and Western settlers and outlaws scratched out a living before moving on. Meanwhile, the cactus still bloom.

My wife and I have hiked and rappelled many of the canyons in the southern Swell. It is one of my favorite places in the American Southwest.

Thank you, Tom, from Canyoneering USA, and Steve Allen, for your excellent guides.

Thanks to the BLM for continuing to manage this special place.

And thank you ISS43 for the amazing satellite photo of the Swell. Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center. ISS043-E-182498 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov).