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VIDEO: Adventure Science in the Uinta Mountains

RUNNING WILD from Danny Schmidt on Vimeo. The Uinta Mountains are a place of superlatives: This is home to Utah’s highest peak, its largest wilderness area and the tallest east-west mountain range in the lower 48. With extensive alpine high country and more than 1,000 lakes, it hosts wildlife including bighorn sheep, black bear and mountain lion....

RUNNING WILD from Danny Schmidt on Vimeo.

The Uinta Mountains are a place of superlatives: This is home to Utah’s highest peak, its largest wilderness area and the tallest east-west mountain range in the lower 48. With extensive alpine high country and more than 1,000 lakes, it hosts wildlife including bighorn sheep, black bear and mountain lion.

Last summer, little current data existed about the abundance of wolverine and lynx across the Uintas. Adventure Scientists was able to help fill this gap in knowledge through a partnership with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

In September of 2015, ASC completed the Uinta Carnivore Survey, mobilizing the Utah outdoor community to monitor backcountry camera stations throughout the Uinta Mountains, targeting these rare carnivores.

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Meet the Author

Gregg Treinish
Gregg Treinish founded Adventure Scientists in 2011 with a strong passion for both scientific discovery and exploration. National Geographic named Gregg Adventurer of the Year in 2008 when he and a friend completed a 7,800-mile trek along the spine of the Andes Mountain Range. He was included on the Christian Science Monitor's 30 under 30 list in 2012, and the following year became a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work with Adventure Scientists. In 2013, he was named a Backpacker Magazine "hero", in 2015, a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur and one of Men's Journal's "50 Most Adventurous Men." In 2017, he was named an Ashoka Fellow and in 2018 one of the Grist 50 "Fixers." Gregg holds a biology degree from Montana State University and a sociology degree from CU-Boulder. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004. Read more updates from Gregg and others on the Adventure Scientists team at adventurescientists.org/field-notes. Follow Adventure Scientists on Instagram @adventurescientists, on Facebook @adventurescientists, and on Twitter @AdvScientists.