Scott Thybony Commentaries

Scott Thybony Commentaries
5:19 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary: 'Mystery Camp'

Cowboy camp. Everything but the canteen...and the cowboy.
Credit Scott Thybony

Writer Scott Thybony loves a good mystery, especially when it involves the Grand Canyon. In his latest commentary, Thybony shares the story of how a missing canteen might be connected to a missing cowboy.

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8:37 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary: The Unseen Canyon

Flagstaff-based commentator, Scott Thybony at Comanche Point, Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is - without a doubt - a visually stunning place. But, there's more to that beauty than what can be seen with the human eye. That's something commentator Scott Thybony has learned on his backcountry adventures below the Canyon's rim.

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4:04 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary: Curse Of The Navajo Blanket

Commentator Scott Thybony

Sorting out fact from fiction can be difficult sometimes, depending on the nature of the story. For commentator Scott Thybony, that was certainly the case with an old manuscript from the late 1800's. In his latest Grand Canyon Commentary, Thybony tells us about a story involving a trader on the Colorado River, a doomed romance and a cursed blanket...he's still not sure what to make of it.

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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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