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Thousands and thousands of archaeological ...
Thousands and thousands of archaeological sites," said Vaughn Hadenfeldt, owner of Far Out Expeditions and a guide to archaeological sites in the Cedar Mesa and Grand Gulch areas for more than three decades.
Hiking Comb Ridge - National Geographic Adventure Magazine
Vaughn Hadenfeldt, 55, is the founder and proprietor of Far Out Expeditions, based in Bluff, Utah.His job involves taking clients to ruins and rock-art sites that he has already scouted.
couldn't resist exclaiming, "I saw it too!"
That morning, with only daypacks, Vaughn
and I set out, each on our own loop, for what would turn out to be eight-hour excursions among the canyon bends and alcoves, while Greg stayed closer to camp, composing camera portraits of this extremely photogenic stretch of Comb Ridge.
At camp, I swapped discoveries with Vaughn
, who had just arrived, red-faced and tired.On an equally demanding loop downstream to the north, he
too had found marvels of rock art, including one crowded frieze of petroglyphs,perhaps a hundred different figures,25 feet (8 meters) up a vertical cliff where the ground on which the artists once stood had eroded over the ages, stranding the panel in thin air.
Greg fell awkwardly and screamed in pain; Vaughn
and I hurried to his
and I have to hike out to the nearest road, half a day away, flag down a car, and arrange for a helicopter rescue?Could this casual mishap spell failure for our entire expedition? Vaughn
fished out his medical kit and gave Greg 800 milligrams of ibuprofen.
and I would surge ahead, then stop and wait for our gimpy companion.
, for one, had wanted to climb it for at least 20 years.Though its summit, at a mere 5,111 feet (1,558 meters)above sea level, is not even close to the highest point on Comb Ridge, the Mule Ear soars above its neighboring crests and is the most spectacular of all the "teeth" on the 120-mile-long (193-kilometer-long) massif.
Now, with Greg limping behind, we made our way slowly up toward that graceful spire.When we had almost reached its base, Vaughn
, in the lead, rounded a small extrusion in the sandstone and nearly ran smack into a desert bighorn sheep.Only seven or eight yards (six or seven meters) away, the animal,a mature male with a full curl to its horns,jerked his
head up in fright and bounded downhill.We watched as it clattered expertly across the slickrock and, in a matter of seconds, disappeared from view. Vaughn
could not contain his
murmurs of surprise and joy.An erstwhile hunter of deer and elk, he
had stopped going after big game many years ago, but still loved nothing more than watching animals in the wild.
and I headed back to camp, Greg devoted hours to the effort, circling far afield to scramble down to the Chinle itself, then scouting a route up to the secretive buildings.
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance: BLM Ignores Request to Protect Arch Canyon's Cultural Resources
Vaughn Hadenfeldt, Canyon Country Heritage Association 435.672.2290
According to Vaughn Hadenfeldt, member of the local Canyon Country Heritage Association in Bluff, Utah, "BLM is not doing its job to manage ORV use on our public lands in southeastern Utah, and such use is out of control.
Vaughn Hadenfeldt Bio
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Vaughn Hadenfeldt has been guiding in the Four Corners region for over 25 years, and is the owner and guide of Far Out Expeditions (FOE) in Bluff, Utah.
While owning and operating a mountaineering store on the western slope of Colorado, he
traveled with a friend to the canyon country in southeast Utah and was captivated by the incredible archaeological treasures of the region.
made use of his
studies in anthropology and his
passion for hiking in the backcountry to create a guide business that specializes in sharing his
knowledge of the cultural and natural histories of the area while providing a fun and fascinating backcountry experience for his
Named as one of the Best Guides in the World by National Geographic Adventure Magazine
in 2009, he
is widely renowned and has been written about in books and magazines published around the world.
wife have lived in Bluff for 13 years.
spent years in the field seeking out the sometimes subtle, elusive, less visited remains of prehistoric cultures.
is a recognized authority in magazine articles including National Geographic
and books including "In Search of the Old Ones" and the tale of his latest adventure "Sandstone Spine: Seeking the Anasazi on the First Traverse of Comb Ridge", both by David Roberts
To quote David Roberts' "In Search of the Old Ones", "Nuances of canyonscape, vestigial Anasazi ruins, all-but-vanished panels of prehistoric rock art, mountain lion tracks, inscriptions scratched by cowboys with bullet lead on sandstone walls a century ago - all these prodigies of the outback Vaughn
manages to discover in places where I would have passed them blithely and ignorantly by."
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance: Coalition of Business Owners, Native Americans and Conservationists File Petition to Protect Arch Canyon
Vaughn Hadenfeldt, owner of Far Out Expeditions, Bluff (435) 672-2290
Vaughn Hadenfeldt, owner of Far Out Expeditions in Bluff guides tours to educate visitors on the significance of the Ancestral Puebloan cultural heritage left behind in southern Utah's canyon country "ORVs are increasingly out of control here, and the BLM is failing time and again to address this problem.