Scott Thybony Commentaries

Scott Thybony Commentaries
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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Scott Thybony Commentaries
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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Scott Thybony Commentaries
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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Scott Thybony Commentaries
8:32 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Point Sublime - Too Sublime For Words

Flagstaff, AZ – Some places can overwhelm the senses. They're too vast and too beautiful to absorb too often. Commentator Scott Thybony encountered this on a trip to Grand Canyon's remote Point Sublime.

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1:09 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Chasing Light

Flagstaff, AZ – People who travel to the Grand Canyon rarely regret turning their backs on the outer world and its endless stream of events. But they still pay attention to one event - sunrise at the rim. Before dawn they gather at Hopi Point, or Bright Angel Point on the north side, waiting expectantly with hushed voices. As commentator Scott Thybony describes, they see it through the lens of a camera, and through the eyes of a scientist.

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3:16 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Kiva of the Lost

Scott Thybony – People go missing in the Grand Canyon with unfortunate regularity. Just this week a kayaker died. Others lose their footing on a ledge, or run out of water -accidents of one sort or another. But when commentator Scott Thybony met tribal judge Delfred Leslie at the Hopi Cultural Center, he learned that traditional Hopi have a different take on those accidents.

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