Deep Freeze

The field team reports that it has been wicked cold on the plateau in southern Utah for the first part of their trip.  I thought they were just exaggerating until I received this photo yesterday.

I’m all for frosty beers in the field, but frosty backpacks??? It’s a tough way to wake up in the morning.

I guess it really is 20 degrees Fahrenheit at night.  Believe it or not, these guys have been sleeping outside in this, no tents.  Now that’s dedication!

At least it hasn’t all been bad.  Aside from the stunning views they have been afforded so far, Bucky and the team had a close encounter, with some elusive bighorn sheep.  Bighorn sheep populations were once a mainstay for Utah natives, but populations declined dramatically mid-century, and by the 60’s it was though that the species was extinct in Utah.  The culprit was thought to be diseases carried by domestic sheep.  Later biologists located the sheep in some of the most “inaccessible, most hostile country in Utah” according to the Deseret News.

Yeah, we know how they feel.

The team spots a bighorn sheep while prospecting. What a treat!
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One thought on “Deep Freeze”

  1. Wow look at those horns!! What a beautiful animal. Looks like things are going well so far despite the freezing weather! Way to be troopers out there!

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