The story of a canyoneer, public lands and a totally absurd New Year’s tradition in Bears Ears National Monument.

For the last fifteen years, Steve Ramras and friends have celebrated New Year’s Day in the icy slot canyons of Bears Ears National Monument. On December 4th 2017 President Trump rescinded the National Monument protection for nearly one million acres, including all of White Canyon and its tributaries. Through that lens, Ram looks back on fifteen years of tradition, and why shared experiences are the key to protecting these places for future generations.

Help defend Bears Ears National Monument

Utah Diné Bikéyah
Friends of Cedar Mesa
Access Fund
Grand Canyon Trust
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance


Produced and Directed by Dan Ransom

With support from Imlay Canyon Gear

Aerial Cinematography
Mike MacPhee

Music from
“Old West” by Chris Molitor
“Fadeaway” by SmokeM2D6

Special Thanks
Chris Grove
Wes Grove
Nate Smith
Pace Meason
Jim Harris
Michael Stevens