Scott Thybony Commentaries

Chasing Light

May 3, 2011

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.

Kiva of the Lost

Jan 13, 2011

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.

The United States Mint recently issued a new coin honoring Grand Canyon National Park. The scene depicted on the quarter shows the greatest river of the West, sunk deep within its greatest canyon. Scott Thybony has this commentary.

Print the Legend

Sep 17, 2010

There's an old maxim in the West that when "the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Commentator Scott Thybony says several newspapers took that to heart when publishing stories about the Grand Canyon.

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It's a mile deep. Nearly 300 miles long by one measure. And 4 and a half million people visit every year. But numbers can never do the Grand Canyon justice. Here's Flagstaff writer and commentator Scott Thybony.

Flagstaff, AZ – The Doheny Scientific Expedition turned out to be one of the strangest exploring parties to ever enter the Grand Canyon. It began with a search for a stone giant. Writer Scott Thybony has the story of what the expedition eventually found.

Flagstaff, AZ – Last year the mystery of a young artist who disappeared in 1934 was thought to have been solved. Writer Scott Thybony recounts the story of Everett Ruess at Grand Canyon.

Flagstaff, AZ – Writer Scott Thybony recounts two classic cases when solo travelers have become trapped in the Grand Canyon. Having gotten into a few tight binds himself, Thybony knows how suddenly situations can turn on you.

"Losing It"

Jan 18, 2010

Flagstaff, AZ – Many thought the new GPS navigation systems would reduce the uncertainties of travel enough to blunt the sense of adventure. But it turns out the digital frontier is wilder than we thought. Commentator Scott Thybony says technology hasn't eliminated the risk, only shifted it.

Mooney's Fall

Dec 22, 2009

Some Grand Canyon landmarks honor politicians, some recognize explorers and even canyon guides. A promontory called Ayer Point honors Emma Ayer, the first white woman to hike into the Canyon. And one name, Mooney Falls, contains its own, grim tale. Commentator Scott Thybony has the story.

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