Many years ago, when I was on an adventurous tour of northern Pakistan, an incident occurred that continues to trouble me. Our hardy band of 10 had been told by both our Pakistani guide and our U.S. guide that we should not take pictures of local women, as this was extremely disturbing to the Pakistanis. […]
Sometimes you want to go deep—take the time and make the effort to get to know one inscrutable place. This trip is that. You settle into a comfortable, out-of-the-way lodge with fabulous food then head out every day on phenomenal guided hikes in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This was the last part of the Lower 48 to be mapped, and it can still feel like terra incognita. Not only is there not a staircase (the name refers to a stepped series of rock plateaus that stretch from Grand Canyon to Bryce Canyon), there’s not even an official monument entrance. Local guides are key to exploring GSENM, and yours are local and they’re the best.