Scott Thybony

Scott Thybony Commentary

Scott Thybony has been writing and recording commentaries for KNAU, Arizona Public Radio, for several years. He’s a former river guide and archeologist who’s written several books, including Official Guide to Hiking the Grand Canyon, Burntwater, and most recently, The Incredible Grand Canyon. His articles have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Outside, and several other publications. Scott Thybony’s interviewed everyone from astronauts to medicine men, and he’s lived with the Navajo in the American Southwest and the Inuit in the Canadian Arctic. He lives and writes in Flagstaff.

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
6:42 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary: Cape Solitude

A view of The Confluence from Cape Solitude North
Credit Shane McDermott

Commentator Scott Thybony left today on a trip to Cape Solitude, on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Before he left, he shared some of his thoughts on the significance of the river junction Cape Solitude overlooks. Deep in the canyon below, The Colorado and Little Colorado join together at a place known to many as The Confluence.  

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9:26 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Into The View: Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary

Flagstaff-based writer, Scott Thybony

Peering over the edge of the Grand Canyon for the first time can be a sublime experience. The awe-inspiring beauty can overwhelm and take over your senses. But, as commentator Scott Thybony says, not all first-timers are able to go "into the view" of the Grand Canyon. Instead, they remain on the outside looking in.

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9:25 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary: "Colter's Rest"

An old postcard photo of the stairs to Hermit's Rest
Credit National Park Service

The south rim of the Grand Canyon is home to several structural masterpieces designed by  visionary architect Mary Colter in the early 1900's. In his latest Grand Canyon Commentary, Scott Thybony brings us the story of a forgotten staircase leading to one of Colter's favorite spots along the canyon's rim.

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7:57 am
Fri December 7, 2012

"The Diary": The Latest Grand Canyon Commentary From Scott Thybony

Flagstaff-based commentator Scott Thybony

Sometimes the journals and diaries of explorers and scientists contain more than formal observations.

Taking notes has become second nature for me.  After scratching down a few observations in the field, I return and work them into narrative notes.  They can end up being anything from a straight-forward record of events to stray impressions tied together into a storyline. 

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4:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Commentator Scott Thybony Shares Some Rules Of The Grand Canyon

Rules of thumb come in handy at times.  Commentator Scott Thybony has learned a few of them over the years from Grand Canyon guides, scientists, and rangers.

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9:30 am
Mon July 2, 2012

How The Grand Canyon Changed One Young Student

He entered the meeting room with a loud crash. We were launching an outreach program for middle school students, involving a series of wilderness adventures. They were watching an orientation film when I heard the commotion out front. I found Gilbert on the floor tangled in a stack of folding chairs. He was late, but at least he had managed to find his way here.

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9:39 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Theodore Roosevelt's First Trip to the Grand Canyon

Theodore Roosevelt was a larger-than-life presence on the American scene in the years leading up to Arizona statehood. Commentator Scott Thybony tells us about the president's first, and most momentous, trip to the Grand Canyon. It would set the stage for the Canyon to become a national park. 

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8:39 am
Mon April 9, 2012

One Man's Attempt To Set A Grand Canyon Hiking Record

A young German reached the summit of Elaine Castle on October 11, 1982. He was engaged in an epic trek, determined to be the first person to hike the length of Grand Canyon on both sides of the river. Before starting out, Robert Benson had overstayed his visa and taken an American name from a tombstone. 

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
7:36 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Commentator Scott Thybony Reflects On A Lifelong Love Affair With The Grand Canyon

Commentator Scott Thybony began putting down roots in northern Arizona when he herded sheep for a Navajo family in the winter of 1972. That spring, he switched from a hogan to a tent on the South Rim and has continued to explore the Grand Canyon ever since. Scott Thybony reflects on the beginning of a lifelong love affair with the Canyon.

Scott Thybony Commentaries
7:38 am
Fri November 18, 2011

The Diary of Ada Bass

 A music teacher from New York state headed west in 1894 and fell in love with a canyon guide.  Ada Bass, I learned, became the first pioneer woman to raise a family at Grand Canyon.  Beyond that I knew little about her, so arranged to meet her great grandson to find out more.  “The Canyon holds a lure,” Robert Lauzon tells me.  “The beauty of the place caught the women.  They were struck by the magnificence, and by the roughness. ”

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