Meet the outdoor sportsmen who say they removed the Utah monolith: ‘If you think we’re proud, we’re not’

Two adventure sportsmen who advocate a “Leave No Trace” philosophy towards nature, have stepped forward to say they were part of the team who removed the Utah monolith – the celebrated structure discovered in a remote, southeast section of the state.

Utah residents Andy Lewis and Sylvan Christensen posted a 23-second video showing the monolith, once embedded into the rock, being dismantled and carried away at night.

Lewis, a 34-year-old BASE jumping guide, posted the video to his YouTube account, Mr. Slackline, saying the group removed the monolith the night of Nov. 27.

Adventure guide Christensen posted the video to his TikTok account Tuesday, The participants’ faces are blurred to prevent recognition. 

“We removed the Utah Monolith because there are clear precedents for how we share and standardize the use of our public lands, natural wildlife, native plants, fresh water sources, and human impacts upon them,” Christensen wrote on an Instagram post, urging people to protect public lands. “Things like this don’t help.”

In an email to USA TODAY, Christensen said he received “death threats and threats of physical harm and hate speech” following the social media posts. Lewis confirmed to the Salt Lake City Tribune that he had posted the video.

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