Swashbuckling river pirate Kailyn Wright shows off her Advanced Bullshitting Certification. Sam Morse photo.
MOUNTAIN TOWN, USA — Saying she’s ready to “seriously f**k with some customers this summer,” pro river guide Kailyn Wright, 28, earned her Advanced Level 9 Bullshitting Certification on Friday.
The issuing authority, the Guild of Deceptive Guides (GADG), said Wright is one of a very small number to attain the elite distinction, which confers advanced techniques for messing with customers who are largely ignorant to anything that doesn’t take place on their phone, in their living room or car.
“Whoever invented the saying ‘there are no stupid questions,’ ” Wright told TGR, “they weren't a river guide. Sometimes people ask you a question, and the only way to not offend them is to BS your way out of giving them the straight answer. I’m doing this for the customers’ sake dammit!”
According to summer recreation watchdogs, the practice of lying to rafting customers has grown exponentially since the 1980s. All told, more than 89% of fledgling river guides tell blatant lies to customers in order to avoid exposing them as completely out of touch with reality in front of their family or social peer group.
Nothing will happen if the raft goes off the tracks, because there are no tracks.
“It’s good for the industry,” said GADG President and ex-dirtbag Henry Cummings. “Sure, rafting involves brief moments of wet-and-wild fun, but 95% of most runs are boring as fuck! I mean, how many times can you say, 'No, we're not going in a circle! There is no elevation where deer turn into elk, and nothing will happen if the raft goes off the tracks, because there are no tracks — this is not an amusement park.”
In a strange turn of events, as of press time, Wright abandoned a crew of wealthy texans just above a class IV rapid after being asked the river's depth for the 57th-consecutive time in a 4-hour period.
From The Column: The Bumion
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - President Trump has announced that he will dramatically scale back both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, both of which were designated under the 1906 Antiquities Act by President Obama. This move will be the largest reduction of the protection of public lands in U.S. history. It will shrink Bears Ears by more than 1.1 million acres and Grand Staircase-Escalante by more than 800,000 acres. Trump's decision will shrink Bears Ears and Grand
A few weeks ago, I spent several days exploring an area of southern Utah I thought I was already intimately familiar with: Bears Ears National Monument. Patagonia had invited several members of the outdoor community to see for themselves what stood at risk in this absurdly beautiful part of the world. We rock climbed in Indian Creek, we rode mountain bikes in Lockhart Basin, we visited Native American cultural sites all over, but most of all, we learned that those activities stand to be lost
President Trump announced on Monday that Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments would be reduced by a total of 2 million acres, with control of that land going back to the state of Utah, which could then potentially sell or lease it to the highest bidder. Conservationists, Native Americans, and much of the outdoor industry lost their collective minds, with Patagonia going so far as to change their homepage to an all black background with a grim announcement,