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By Bethany Lange
Herald Reporter

Evanston native Daniel Holderegger takes a selfie while he and fellow National Guardsman
and University of Wyoming student Freddy Schlabach kayak down the Mississippi River on
day 28 of their 53-day journey from Torrington to New Orleans.
(COURTESY PHOTO/Daniel Holderegger)

Achieving their dreams,

come flood and high water

(Below) Kera Comer hops ahead of Kallie Gibson in a sack

race on Saturday at the 29th annual gathering for the Bear
River Rendezvous. (HERALD PHOTO/Bethany Lange)

E VA N S T O N L e e
Fears worked on his
leather wares as a drumbeat pounded in the background and the tang of
black powder drifted on
the breeze at the 2016
Bear River Rendezvous
this past weekend.
Every year, people
congregate at Bear River
State Park to live a few
days in the fur trade era.
A wandering 21st-century
visitor is instantly transported to another world
upon entering the campsite, as re-enactors bustle
around in hand-tooled


Daniel and Freddy hunkered down on

an island on the Mississippi River, dripping and stranded, as the winds whipped
the rising water into a frenzy. The two
adventurers were only three days and
less than 200 miles from their destination
when they ran into the historic Baton
Rouge floods a couple of weeks ago.
Evanston native Daniel Holderegger
(son of MRSI owner John Holderegger)
and Frederick Schlabach, Specialists in

the Wyoming Army National Guard and

students at the University of Wyoming
in Laramie, had set out a little more than
six weeks earlier, on June 26, from Torrington, with nothing but a tandem kayak
and their supplies.
Their goal was to paddle from Torrington to New Orleans a distance of
2,106 miles in less than 60 days, beginning their journey on the North Platte
River and heading through the Platte
River, the Missouri River and finally the

August 30,

One dollar


Devils get
dumptrucked in
season opener



Bear River
State Park
Wade Henderson
on King, a 20-yearold bison who was
recently ousted as
the herd bull by
4-year-old Titan


Pictured is Titan, a 4-year-old bull bison at Bear River State Park, and the new man of the
house after ousting the previous herd bull, King, recently. King has been seen in the distant
corners of the park, far away from the herd, after officials say the two bulls likely had a
confrontation in recent weeks. (COURTESY PHOTOS/Tammy Hoover)

Vol. 80, No. 7

Hes just
a big,
gentle giant. ... We
have asked
for a better

Evanston native hits Baton Rouge floods as

he kayaks from Wyoming to New Orleans
By Bethany Lange
Herald Reporter



Bear River Rendezvous:

A vision of life as yesterday

(Above) Lee Fears, aka Hombre, the owner of Hombre Leather,

reflects on the freedom and simplicity of the fur trade era
at the Bear River Rendezvous over the weekend. (HERALD
PHOTO/Bethany Lange)



Sunny skies
with a high of
85. Low
tonight 49.
Full forecast on A2

Bear River State Park Superintendent Wade Henderson crouches beside 20-year-old King,
who was recently kicked out of the herd by 4-year-old Titan (pictured at left).

Clash of the Titan

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Community .......A5
Faith ................A6
Business ...........A7
Sports .............. B1
This Week in
Uinta County .... B8

4-year-old bull ousts beloved

King from state park bison herd
By Mark Tesoro
Herald Publisher
PA R K Ti t a n , t h e
4-year-old male bison
at Bear River State Park,
has ousted the previous
herd bull, King. Several regulars to the state
park have noticed King
off by himself, far away
from the herd, prompting
questions to state park
employees about whether

he was sick.
King is not sick, hes
just lost his status.
Titan is the new herd
bull, Bear River State
Pa r k S u p e r i n t e n d e n t
Wade Henderson said.
King, now 20 years
old, came to the state
park in 1999 at the age of
3. The next oldest bison
is a 12-year-old cow at
the park. King is way
past his prime, Henderson said, which opened

the door for the young

bull, Titan, who pushed
out King a little over a
week ago.
We knew it was coming, Henderson said,
we just werent sure
One night recently
there must have been a
scuffle between the two
and King was ejected
from the herd. He was






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Daniel Holderegger points at a TV showing severe weather warnings as he and his kayaking partner were
just south of Baton Rouge, on Aug. 13. Holderegger, an Evanston native, made a trip from Torrington to New
Orleans and got caught in the recent floods during the adventure. (COURTESY PHOTO/Daniel Holderegger)


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Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.

Holderegger said he and Schlabach first came
up with the idea in 2014 when they were assisting
with a flood response mission. While putting up
sandbags, they observed that all the water would
end up in the Gulf of Mexico and thought it would
be fun to follow that path. They then began their
planning, and their dream finally came to fruition
this summer.
They planned for 53 days total 50 days of
paddling, one day in St. Louis and two in New
Orleans and did a lot of research to figure
out what kind of kayak and paddles they would
need, how much energy they could get from solar
panels and more.
As in every adventure, though, they couldnt
anticipate everything.
You can do all the planning in the world,
but you really have to get in and practice to get
the hang of things, Holderegger said. ... We
definitely had to adjust and change our approach
a few times ...
Their experience in the National Guard also
helped them make the trip a success.
Holderegger said he had to learn a lot of discipline in the Guard, which was vital in a number
of situations when they had to dig deep into their
reserves and keep paddling.
Their experiences have enhanced their people
skills in addition to first aid and survival skills.
Holderegger said they encountered many more
people than he had expected. They also knew how
to recognize and treat heat injury and dehydration
(the temperature sometimes reached triple digits).
Meeting new people was one of the best parts,
though, Holderegger said.
I just never expected to learn as much as I


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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Long-term renovation
plans also tentatively include
practice or lesson rooms in
the back.
Wed really like to be a
hub for music activity and
coordinating and whatnot
and help serve the community that way, Arbizu said.
The next challenge will be
to see whether Evanston can
support a music store.
Arbizu said a music store
usually needs a population
of 40,000 to survive, which
is a far cry from Evanstons
12,000, but he hopes that the
combination of instrument
rentals from Evanston to
Jackson through Mountain
Musics two locations will be
enough to build the business.
The biggest chance of the
businesss success, though,
is its rentals, as Arbizu said
it takes time to build the
retail part.
He said he doesnt want
people to feel they have to
buy at the local store for
a higher price and for less
convenience, but he said
Mountain Music can often
come close to matching
Internet prices or can even
beat them. He said he hopes
people will value having a
local store and that it can be
convenient all the time.
In order to keep a store
here, we really need the support, Arbizu said.
When the store is set up,
Wigginton will take care
of most of the day-to-day
operations, although Arbizu
will return once a week. He
is still conducting the community orchestra and plans
to also transport repairs and
visit teachers in Evanston
or have staff visit teachers
Mountain Music will be
open Monday through Saturday.

literal tipping point that forced Holderegger and

Schlabach to ask for help finishing their trip.
Holdereggers father was already in New
Orleans waiting for the adventurers to arrive, so
he came and picked up all their gear and most of
their food everything they wouldnt need for
the last three days so they could travel lighter.
This was vital, as the wind was whipping
the waves high enough to potentially capsize a
low-riding kayak.
There w[ere] a few times the waves would
get so intense they would ... come up over the
side, Holderegger said.
This was particularly treacherous because the
kayak was in the middle of the Mississippi River,
which is about a mile wide at some points.
The first thing the two voyagers did upon arriving in New Orleans was to take the kayak to
their hotel, go out to dinner and get some drinks.
Holderegger said they celebrated by getting
hurricanes, the New Orleans cocktail of choice.
They then sold their kayak, which is scarred
from the journey but still functional.
The trip had racked up more expenses than
anticipated, although Holderegger and Schlabach had known there would be more costs than
budgeted for. The original budget was $2,710 per
person, but Holderegger said afterward they each
spent between $1,500 and $2,000 more than that.
Reflecting back on what he learned from the
trip, Holderegger said he now has a renewed appreciation for power, as well as deeper and more
profound changes.

Life is just so much easier coming back,

Holderegger said. I used to kind of dread responsibilities, ... but when you have to walk five
miles just to get food, ... you dont take [having
a car] for granted anymore.
He said the trip also helped him put his old
problems in perspective, as a lot of situations on
the river were (or could be) matters of life and
death. He said there were a few really hairy
situations that could have had very serious consequences.
I just realized how cushy my lifestyle is,
he said.
This was a pretty far-fetched dream from the
beginning, he said, but he and Schlabach never
let the danger or difficulty stop them.
Holderegger said there are so many people
willing to spend their lives watching Netflix and
watching others experience adventure, but never
experiencing it firsthand. However, he said, there
are some things that cant be experienced from
just watching a movie.
Friends and family repeatedly tried to dissuade them some friends even met them on
the river with a pickup truck, promising a ride
and plane tickets to New Orleans if they would
give up but Holderegger and Schlabach were
I think thats what people can take away from
it, is that you cant let the naysayers get in the way
of you achieving your dreams, Holderegger said.
... We put our minds to it, and we did exactly
what we needed to do, and we achieved it.

did, he said. ... I kind of figured wed be more

isolated on the river. ... I never really anticipated
we would interact with people along the way as
much as we ended up interacting.
Holderegger and Schlabach frequently met
people who helped them out of the water, bought
them dinner and offered them a place to shower
or stay the night. The adventurers also received
personal tours of places in every state, including Buffalo Bills ranch in North Platte and the
birthplace of Amelia Earhart in Atchison, Kansas.
They also encountered boat clubs and once
paddled alongside hundreds of kayakers and
canoeists racing in the Missouri American Water
MR340 race.
It was awesome, Holderegger said of joining that race. It was one of the coolest parts of
the trip.
They ran into serious problems just days
before their trips end, though, when it started
It kinda came out of nowhere, he said. We
were totally detached from the rest of the world
when we were out on the river.
He and Schlabach only left the river every
two days or so and so got even less warning than
the rest of the world. Three days from the end
of paddling, after the rains continued, they were
stranded on an island.
As the thunderstorms intensified throughout
the day, the young men tried to wait out the storm,
Evanston native Daniel Holderegger takes a selfie with his kayaking partner Freddy Schlabach as they were
but they eventually realized they needed help.
Their original plan was to take only their own just one day out of New Orleans during their 53-day adventure. (COURTESY PHOTO/Daniel Holderegger)
supplies and get themselves to their destination,
but they recognized it was no longer safe to
continue with that plan.
It had already been dangerous before the
flooding, as they had to deal with sandbars and
dams, but the major storms proved to be the


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shopping for textbooks and school supplies, arranging my calendar

and preparing to meet my professors and classmates.
But although that dream is deferred to some distant day in the
future, with the onset of the school year comes other opportunities opportunities to learn new things, to create art, to teach
and even to travel.
It is for this reason that I am adopting a challenge this fall.
We often do New Years resolutions starting on Jan. 1 because
thats a good place to stop and reevaluate and start anew. But I think
the beginning of the school year is another excellent opportunity.
As an English major, I love literature. I love reading and writing about what I read and talking about what I read. But for the
last year or so, I havent always read the best-quality literature
certainly not to the standard of some of what I read for my
favorite classes.
So my goal this autumn is to create my own syllabus of sorts.
Its not going to be as rigorous as an actual class, and thats OK.
But I have a reading list I want to start chipping through, including a lot of classics.
I also intend to learn more about music, starting by transcribing and arranging some of my favorite pieces so I can play and
record them, and I would also like to learn more about history in
the British Isles, art, writing and much more.
Maybe Ill even polish up my poor Spanish ability with Duolingo, or learn the basics of some other language like Welsh or
German, or if Im feeling really crazy, maybe Ill do something
with math again maybe geometry!
Lifelong learning isnt confined to the walls of a school or the
limitations of even online classes designed by others. Its something everyone can pursue in one way or another.
If you are already in school, find something every day to get
you excited about learning, even if you have to find it yourself.
But really, there is something interesting in nearly every class;
you just have to find something you actually care about instead
of seeing it as something a teacher or parent cares about.
If youre not in school, consider pursuing a hobby where you
make something or learn something or give to someone else.
And not all learning has to be expensive; the library, for instance, holds whole worlds within the covers of its books, movies
and audiobooks. You can find how-to books or whodunit books
and movies, literature from ancient Babylon or from the current
year, textbooks, study guides for things like the ACT, movies,
music of all types, maps, magazines, games and so much more.
Do you want to learn a new language? Get a free Duolingo
account. A new instrument? You can find teachers in town, or
you can even make music with something as simple as rubber
bands, balloons or glasses of water. (Dont believe me? Go look
up MysteryGuitarMan on YouTube). You can learn how to cook
new dishes, create art, do magic tricks and much more.
You can even go on small adventures, either every day or once
a week or whenever you want. Go on a walk. Find a new music
genre. Notice something new as you go to work.
But this time of year is the perfect time to find renewed joy in
learning and exploring. So I invite everyone to smell that crisp
autumn air, listen to the rustle of the leaves, watch the changing
colors and find the youthfulness of the dying year with me.

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