top of page


 Author & Adventurer

Eagle in Cumi in GZ (SS21)_edited.jpg
Home: Latest Work
head shot from Alicia.jpg


We lived to tell the tale

Lance Merrill is an adventurer, born in Salt Lake City in the early 1950s. Winter or summer he sought peace and adventure in the beauty of the Wasatch Range and later the red rock deserts of Utah.  As his need for speed grew and his addiction to adrenaline became apparent, he helped pioneer several burgeoning extreme sports—hang gliding, aerobatic ski jumping, and free climbing.  He flew, jumped, and climbed with the best in the world.  His first book shares eyewitness accounts of these adventures and recounts the never told story of his best friend who found himself a target of the FBI.   He and his friends survived it all and Lance tells the tales.  They all should have died young, and many did. 


Lance's sports endeavors have been featured in Powder Magazine, Hang Gliding Magazine, Wasatch Rock Climbs; and KSL, KUTV, and Fox 13 news stories.


 Lance crusaded several new laws in Utah fighting the drug epidemic. These laws allow victims of addiction to seek damages from dealers and manufactures. He facilitated a new prescription monitoring program in the State of Utah that limits access from multiple doctors for the same condition of any one individual. Lance has testified to the FDA in efforts to provide pain medications that are tamper resistant and limit abuse and addiction.  He subsequently sued the FDA concerning the agency's alliance publicly with Perdue Pharmaceuticals. His efforts were featured on Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, and in People Magazine.  Lance and Cherre, his wife, are currently serving as Addiction Recovery Missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Home: Quote
Darol Wagstaff front flip.jpg

Darol Wagstaff, Aerobatic Freestyle Pioneer

“Freestyle Snow Skiing became a recognized sport in the late 1960s and ‘70s.  The mutual love and exhilaration generated by its pioneers was beautiful, dramatic, eye-catching, and large scale, with striking effects. It was MOST SPECTACULAR. 


Lance Merrill is one of those Pioneers. You will recognize and experience this free innovative spirit as you read his book, “We should have died young.”  This book is a true gift that preserves an era that not only will never die but will be remembered forever.” 

John Curtis.jpg

John Curtis,
Utah Congressman

“Reading “We should have died young” was a welcome escape.  It took me back to a simpler time. Lance and I have enjoyed some great adventures together through the years. His book shares the adrenaline from the early days of sports most of us will only dream of doing.”

Larry Tudor Cropped.jpg

Larry Tudor,
World's Best Hang-Glider

"I enjoyed reading Lance's

book: "WE SHOULD HAVE DIED YOUNG." It was great to relive adventures from the early days of hang-gliding. I have recounted these same tales to friends and family for years.  Lance captured the day perfectly." 

Merrill on Coffin Crack.png

Merrill Bitter, World Renown Technical Rock Climber

Lance and I were privileged to grow up in a time when freedom was abundant.  We navigated through the mistakes and trials of youth and pushed our abilities into avenues that had been declared impossible and out of bounds. Our journeys diverged into different passions, Lance in hang gliding and me with climbing.  I am glad he shared these perspectives and experiences.  

Kim Chey 2.jpg

Kim Christensen,
Main Character of: We Should Have Died yYoung

I am so grateful to have had Lance as a life-long, honest, and a true friend. He is gifted with so many talents, including his writing skills; We were blessed with extraordinary experiences while young, and there’s nobody better than Lance to capture them in print.  I’m looking forward to many more books from Lance. My adrenaline generating friend. 

Ariann on Monroe.JPG

Ariann Tudor, Paraglider

I have heard stories about Lance for years from my dad, Larry Tudor. It is so exciting to finally see some of the early days of free flight captured in a great book. The legends of our sport are getting older and someone needed to tell the tales. We Should Have Died Young is a fun read. 


Provo, Utah

  • Youtube
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Amazon
  • X
Watching Conditions on Launch (A1)_edited.jpg
Home: Contact
bottom of page