Pete's Stuff

You Don't Know the Sun!

Delicate Arch, near Moab, UT

Reflections on Primal Quest '06

It's hard to convey how ridiculously unforgiving summer in the deserts of Utah can be. The skies are crystal clear for days on end, with no relief from clouds. Humidity drops down below 10% and temperatures soar above 100 degrees. The instant the sun peeks up above the horizon, it starts to heat the sand and the slickrock, both good absorbers. It's as if a switch is suddenly turned on, and as the sun rises higher the heat only gets more intense.