Photo by @renan_ozturk // Matt Redd isn’t your average cowboy and the 350,000 acres of Indian Creek and the surrounding #bearsearsnationalmonument aren’t your average ranching grounds. It was such a privilege taking him up The North Six Shooter tower with @jamesqmartin after he had already worked for 8 hours rounding up and branding cattle that morning. I’m not sure if there are many other humans alive who have a deeper mental map and respect for this land than Matt. Besides running the Dugout Ranch he works with The Nature Conservancy managing many ongoing scientific studies ranging from sustainable grazing, native grass research and advanced technology for surveying wilderness areas. If you get him going he’ll talk passionately about his knowledge of the deep geologic and cultural layers of this space. On the summit I shot a few photos as he placed a cow skull up there with his bloody swollen hands. [Desert tower summits often have historic relics as ‘registers’ and this was his cowboy contribution]. Meanwhile @shotsfromabove did one more pass with our cine-trike and we began our nighttime descent through the ripping wind. I wanted to ask him and his family more about the best way to help Bears Ears, to tell the story from all sides. We didn’t have enough time that day. The journey back to the ranch was a euphoric dehydrated stumble filled with banter just like a lot of good climbs end. And there is a certain hope in experiencing the universality if that. The common ground of the experiences here in Bears Ears that will drive these conversations forward.
With @jonas_marcinko @taylorfreesolo #protectbearsears ~
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