Dr. Eric Compas and Steve Muller met while in college. The pair shared a passion for geography and outdoor adventure. They developed a lifelong friendship while scaling mountains and battling currents in their kayaks.

Life took them in different directions. Steve relocated to the Rocky Mountains and became a mountain guide. Eric became a professor of Geographic Information Science and began teaching at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Throughout the years, the friends would periodically meet to continue their pursuit of shared adventures.

Several years ago, the men had plans to spend a long holiday weekend in Utah. An unexpected weather system blew into the area and derailed their plans. Determined to salvage the weekend, the men scoured the internet to find hiking trails that met their needs, while avoiding the incoming storm.

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