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HUPC’s Wild Second Rendezvous!

A lusty howl sailed over the North Fork Duchesne River basin as 40+ lovers of wildness and the High Uintas pulled from deep within their chests a call of the wild to match high rocky Agassiz and Hayden Peaks beyond the chasm. Over the years, such howls have conjured success in stopping oil wells and logging; this one, we believe, will carry the necessary power and spirit to stop other actions that make the range less wild.

Thus concluded a perfect day of listening and questioning, sharing philosophy and coffee and fruit, catching on with old friends and celebrating the second year of the High Uintas Preservation Council, an organization that welcomes the many voices of its members and friends.

Rangers Jane Cottrell and Steve Ryberg joined us in the amphitheater for queries about mountain goats, backcountry recreation, budgets, reduction of logging and grazing in fragile basins. Dick called on us to muster the spirit to defend the wild, culminating in Barry Lopez’s words from River Notes wherein a gesture of hope can bear meaning if we only believe.

A perfect sky. Great companions. Thanks for making Rendezvous ‘98 one we won’t forget! And let us know if you want a photo of the howl on the ledge!

Margaret Pettis


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