Paul Moore, along with his friends Shane Willet and Mark Nakada, were pioneers of developing the area in the late 1990’s. Shane discovered the area, known as ‘Stone Garden’ while driving back from a job in Evanston, Wyoming. He saw the wall high up on the mountainside, so he pulled over the inspect the area; it was a goldmine! He rushed home and called Mark and Paul, to let them know the Uintas was their new home for the climbing season. Mark recalls seeing Stone Garden for the first time; “When I first saw the overhanging partial cave, I thought it looked like a big wave.” Over time, they ended up bolting over fifty routes on the rough quartzite wall. The routes are set along Mirror Lake Highway. September 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Paul’s passing, which happened when he crashed his car driving down from the mountains he loved so much.
“I always remember that he was very charismatic, free spirited, and cool. You hung out with him and you felt cool.”
Bob re-hashes the origins of his Uncle Paul’s legacy: “Tommy Sutter took me up there for the first time to climb around Ruth Lake. We spent the day hanging out and having fun. The next day he sent me a photo from the Uinta rock guide book with the routes we had climbed. He asked if the routes we climbed were my uncles, there it was, at the bottom of the route description my uncles name; Paul Moore. This project wouldn’t exist without T-guns!”
It started as a desire to climb all the routes developed by his uncle, but evolved into the idea of a documentary. Bob shared the experience with friends, inviting others to climb in the area, asking that they document their time spent up there by posting pictures on instagram and using the hashtag #chasingunclepaul.
“Originally I was thinking the feeling behind it would be funny and light hearted, but the more time I spend up there and think about the stories behind the area I began thinking of it as a more serious style documentary with some light hearted aspects. It deserves a story being told.”