Thursday, December 29, 2016

My 7 Favorite Adventures from 2016!

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My 7 Favorite Adventures from 2016!
2016 is almost gone, and this time of year I always think back on all the positives in my life and how lucky I am to be able to travel locally. Each year I make a list of places/hikes I want to see, and check them off as I go. 2016 was no different - from the red desert of Southern Utah, to the blue paradise water of Havasupai, 2016 left me smiling more every day. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cairn Subscription Box Review

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Cairn Subscription Box Review
We've all seen them - subscription boxes are popping up everywhere and for any kind of interest. Did you know that there's even one for the outdoor enthusiast? Cairn has created their own version of a subscription box for your favorite outdoor activities, based on your food and drink preferences, your specific apparel and accessory size, as well as for your furry buddy. Cairn is also a community where the outdoor lover can discover new products and ideas that inspired them to connect and explore.
Cairn Subscription Box Review

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hiking Waterfall Canyon

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Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
Waterfall Canyon is located in Ogden, UT and is a gorgeous 200 ft waterfall. This short but sweet hike will definitely get your heart pumping - the trail climbs just over 1,000 ft in 1.25 miles. Waterfall Canyon is accessible year-round, but I find it prettiest in the winter when the waterfall is frozen. I can't help but sing to myself, "Let it go! Let it go!" from the movie Frozen.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

4 Must Have Items for Winter Hiking

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4 Must Hike Items for Winter Hiking, Essential Winter Hiking Gear
Have you ever wanted to hike in the winter but thought, "It's too cold" or "I don't have the gear", or "It's too snowy - let's go next weekend"? Stop making excuses! As long as your have these FOUR "must have" items for winter hiking, you'll stay warm and dry, all while enjoying the beauty of Winter!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hiking to the Ogden Canyon Overlook

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Hiking to the Ogden Canyon Overlook, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking near Snowbasin Ski Resort, Hiking in Ogden, Utah
The Ogden Canyon Overlook starts from Snowbasin Ski Resort, and for little effort, leads to an amazing view down to Ogden, Utah and surrounding canyons. Winter is an amazing time to hike or snowshoe here, as there are no bikes riding this route and no campers at the Maples Campground to worry about with your dogs. As you hike this route, you'll see this backcountry area blanketed in white, beautiful snow-capped trees, and after two switchbacks, you'll reach the most rewarding part - the overlook.
Grab your pups and get out in the snow!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Hiking at Cumberland Mountain State Park, Tennessee

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Hiking at Cumberland Mountain State Park, Tennessee
Cumberland Mountain State Park is located near the town of Crossville, TN, just over one hour from Knoxville, TN. The park is situated on the Cumberland Plateau, a segment of the great upland, which extends from Alabama to New York. Cumberland Mountain State Park was created in part by the New Deal and the C.C.C. as a homestead project. The project helped relocate poverty-stricken families to small farms, which happened to be what is now the state park. In 1938, the project turned the 1,720 acres into a recreational area and was given it's current name.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hiking at Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee

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Hiking at Falls Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee , Best Waterfalls on the East Coast
Fall Creek Falls State Park is located in between Nashville, TN and Knoxville, TN. For Thanksgiving I was visiting my parents, who now live in Tennessee, about 1 hour away from Fall Creek Falls. Since this park was so close, we couldn't pass up a visit to check out the famous Fall Creek Falls waterfall.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hiking Grove Creek Canyon

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Hiking Grove Creek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Hiking in Utah
Grove Creek Canyon is located to the east of Pleasant Grove, Utah. It leads you through a somewhat narrow canyon, that eventually connects with the Great Western Trail. Along the way you'll have an amazing view of South Mt. Timpanogos, and pass two waterfalls - the first which is inaccessible, and the 2nd you could probably find a way down to yet wouldn't be easy. Most hikers and runners enjoy viewing the waterfalls from the trail, as it looks directly down to them. At the top of the 2nd waterfall there is a bench to take in the view and a bridge that crosses the creek. This is where most people turn around, making a nice 4 mile RT hike. Dogs are allowed off leash on this trail, but I would avoid hiking it when it's really hot outside - there is zero shade. As always, bring plenty of water for both you and your dogs. Dogs can easily drink from the stream at the bridge.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Guest Post: Rappelling into Canyons a.k.a. Canyoneering

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Today's Guest Post is brought to you by Dawn Giffith of Utah Bucket Adventures! Dawn has been canyoneering for years. Here, she tells us what its like to explore and go on adventures through her eyes.
Rappelling into Canyons aka Canyoneering
By Dawn Griffith

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hiking Lewis Peak

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Hiking Lewis Peak, Hiking Eyrie Peak, North Ogden, Utah, Peak Bagging in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Lewis Peak (8,031 ft) is located in North Ogden, Utah and sits on the mountain between Ben Lomond to the North and Mt. Ogden to the south. This peak is usually forgotten due to it's popular neighboring peaks but it is actually a very scenic summit. Lewis Peak was named after Lewis Warren Shurtliff, who was among the first known to summit this prominent peak. At the time, he was only 16, when he climbed what would be named Lewis Peak on June 6, 1852 with some friends. On the summit, he piled up rocks and stuck a large branch in it to mark the high point. Lewis and his friends hiked here to scout out the area and help protect the settlers from the Native Americans. It's unusual for a geographic feature to be titled after a person's first name. In fact, Lewis Peak is only one of a few Ogden Wasatch Front Mountain peaks that is even named after a specific person.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Hiking the Emigration Canyon Ridge & Perkins Peak

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The Emigration Canyon Ridge sits directly in the middle of Parley's Canyon and Emigration Canyon, on the East side of SLC. The trail starts from the Little Mountain Summit, which is a popular spot for road cyclists and runners to end their day. This ridge is a rarely hiked and very few know the peaks, yet anyone who drives through Parley's Canyon has been just below the trail. The Emigration Canyon Ridge provides access to Dale Peak (7,367 ft) and Perkins Peak (7,491 ft). Hiking the ridge is very easy - no scrambling or technical skills are needed and it provides amazing views of the surrounding mountains and other ridges.

Friday, November 11, 2016

What to Wear while Hiking in Winter - For Women!

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What to Wear while Hiking in Winter - For Women!
Winter is just around the corner, and that means switching from your summer hiking clothes to warm, insulated, and weather proof hiking clothes. Making the switch doesn't have to be hard, all you need is to know what kind of material to buy to help prevent you from  getting cold, getting wet, and worse, getting hypothermia. Winter is a great time to hit the trails - there are less people outside, and you will get to experience the peaceful beauty of fresh snow along the way. Zip up your jacket, grab some snacks, and let's hike in the snow!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Hiking Lone Peak from the Cherry Canyon Logging Trail

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Hiking Lone Peak from the Cherry Canyon Logging Trail, Peak Bagging in Utah, Lone Peak Wilderness
Lone Peak (11,251 ft) is one of the tallest peaks along the Wasatch Front, and hovers over Draper, Utah. You can't miss this peak - it is clearly visible from both Salt Lake & Utah Counties. On a clear day, you can see this magnificent summit from 100 miles away. Hiking Lone Peak is almost a rite of passage for many hikers and especially Peak Baggers. Although Lone Peak is not one of Utah's 8 Ultra Prominence Peaks, it does rank 98th on a list of Utah Peaks with 500 ft of prominence and is on the list of the Wastach 11ers (peaks over 11,000 ft). This intense hike is not for everyone - you must be very prepared for any kind of weather, and most importantly, prepared for a super intense hike that will literally take you all day. The hard work will be worth it though, as Lone Peak offers one of the best 360 degree views around.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Guest Post: Hiking the Oquirrh Ridge Ascension Line (O.R.A.L.)

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Today's blog post is from our guest, High Elevation Mountaineering. Nick Carnahan and Alex Lawhun recently completed an 18 mile day hike along the Oquirrh Ridgeline - a rarely hiked and unknown route to many. What they encountered was more than they bargained for. Here is their story.

Hiking the Oquirrh Ridge Ascension Line (O.R.A.L.), Hiking in the Oquirrh Mountains, Peak bagging in Utah, Utah

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Hammaka Parachute Hammock

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Hammaka Parachute Hammock gear review, Best Parachute Hammocks
Hammocks have become super popular in the last few years, as a lightweight alternative to sleep while backpacking, are used to simply hang out by a lake or river, at picnics, at ballgames, and the outdoors in general. So when I came across the Hammacka Parachute Hammock, I knew it would be a great fit for me. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hiking the Emigration Canyon Miners Trail

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Hiking the Emigration Canyon Miners Trail
The Miner's Trail in Emigration Canyon is a lesser known trail in the SLC area, and therefore a nice, quiet hike to do with your dogs. The trail leads to a great overlook of Red Butte Canyon, and along the way you'll follow the old jeep trail the miners used to access mines, now gated off. The trail is pretty exposed to the sun, so if you are looking for shade, this isn't the trail for you. The Miner's Trail follows the contour of the hillside, and passes by rocky outcroppings, crosses a stream, cuts by a meadow, and towards the end, offers the hardest part of the hike up a few hundred feet to the ridgeline. This hike is safe to do year round, but my favorite time of year is Fall.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Hiking to Willard Peak & Ben Lomond Peak

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Hiking to Willard Peak & Ben Lomond Peak, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Willard Peak (9,763 ft) and Ben Lomond Peak (9,712 ft) are the two high points dominating the Northern end of the Wasatch Mountains, above Ogden, Utah. Willard Peak is the high point for Weber County, though it sees less than half the amount of hikers compared to the popular Ben Lomond Peak. Both are worthy summits, and to avoid having to come back on separate days to hike each one, do both in one trip.

Foxelli MX500 Headlamp

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Foxelli MX500 Headlamp gear review, Best Headlights for hiking
Hate hiking in the dark? I certainly do. With the sunsets being so early, I usually get home around 5:30pm and its already dark. I love winter, but I can't stand the early nights. Plus, Charlie still needs to get a good walk in. The solution? A headlight that works. I've owned my fair share of headlights, and even if I replace the batteries, they always seem to die out on me after a few months. So I shopped around online, and found out that there are headlights out there that recharge via USB. That lead me to research the best USB rechargeable headlights. The winner?

Friday, October 28, 2016

GoDoggie Glow Collar Light

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GoDoggie Glow Collar Light Gear Review, Hiking with Dogs in the Dark, Dog safety
Charlie and I hike year round, no matter what time of day. Even though the long, dark Winter nights just around the corner, Charlie doesn't give me a break on walking him. In order for me to see him running around off leash on the trails at night, or dog walks around the neighborhood, we use the GoDoggie Glow Collar Light. These collar lights keep your furry kiddos seen, safe, and protected, especially at night.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ruffwear Track Jacket for Pets

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Ruffwear Track Jacket for Pets gear review, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, blaze orange for dogs
Last week we drove to two hours to reach a certain peak we wanted to hike up, only to have to turn around. Why? Once we got close to the trailhead, there were tons of hunters out in their blaze orange. One guy stopped us on our drive and said, "You got some blaze, right?" We kind of mumbled, and was very adamant about letting us know we wouldn't be very safe hiking without any orange on, especially having a dog that is colored like a deer. Needless to say, as soon as we got to the TH, we turned right around. As soon as we got into service I searched for the best blaze orange Dog vests so that we wouldn't run into this problem again. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hiking to Little Water Peak

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Hiking to Little Water Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Little Water Peak (9,606 ft) sits at the upper, East ridge, dividing Millcreek Canyon from Big Cottonwood Canyon. Little Water Peak is seldom visited, yet it offers great views of the surrounding peaks and a good look down into Millcreek Canyon. The summit is just above Dog Lake to the North, and while Dog Lake will have tons of people in the Summer months, Little Water Peak will offer a bit of solitude. This summit is safe to access year round. It only takes roughly 30 minutes from Dog Lake to the summit, so put it on your list!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hiking to Thurston Peak

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Hiking to Thurston Peak, Farmington,  Utah, Utah County High Point
Thurston Peak (9,706 ft) straddles the Davis-Morgan county line, making it the tallest peak for both counties. Many people think that Francis Peak, with the big white golf ball domes on the summit, is the highest peak along the ridge, but it is Thurston Peak that claims the high point. This is a relatively easy peak for Peak Baggers to summit, since it only gains 1,700 ft over 4.2 miles. The high alpine setting has expansive views all around - Antelope Island to the West, Mt. Ogden to the North, and an overview of Morgan, UT to the East. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hiking Kessler Peak

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Hiking Kessler Peak, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah
Kessler Peak (10,403 ft) is located in Big Cottonwood Canyon at the north end of the ridge that separates Cardiff Fork and Mineral Fork basin; it is the peak that connects the jagged ridgeline to Mt. Superior, also known as Cardiac Ridge. Kessler Peak provides an amazing 360 degree view of surrounding peaks, including Mt. Raymond & Gobblers Knob to the North, Broads Fork Twin Peaks to the West, Clayton Peak to the East, and Mt. Superior & Monte Cristo to the south. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hiking to Donut Falls

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Hiking to Donut Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Hiking in Utah with Kids, Hiking Utah
Donut Falls, located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, is a classic Wasatch Mountain hike. This hike is suitable for all hikers regardless of age or hiking experience. This is usually the trail I will take family that is visiting from out of state since it hardly gains any elevation, yet it leads to a beautiful destination. It is a very rewarding for those who don't regularly hike but still want to see Utah's varying scenery. Because of these things, Donut Falls is very popular - you will literally see hundreds of people here on weekends, especially in Summer. Hiking the Donut Falls trail is safe and easy to access year-round. Arrive early to beat the crowds.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hiking to Silver Lake & Beyond

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Hiking to Silver Lake & Silver Glance Lake, American Fork Canyon, Utah
Silver Lake in American Fork Canyon is a beautiful high alpine lake that sits just below the Little Cottonwood Canyon ridgeline on the south side. This moderate trail slowly gains elevation, so it's not super hard to reach this awesome destination. The trail passes by some boulders, crosses a stream, climbs up 3-4 long switchbacks, and finally reaches the lake after only 2.2 miles (one way). This is a great hike for dogs to be off leash, and there is plenty of water for them to drink from. Bring some snacks, and take in the scenery at Silver Lake, or for those needing some extra mileage, continue on to Silver Glance Lake.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tumalo Hydration Pack by Mazama Designs

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Tumalo Hydration Pack by Mazama Designs

The Tumalo Hydration Pack is Mazama Designs newest pack on the market. I recently did a post on a few of their other hydration reservoirs, so when I got the Tumalo pack, I was super excited to test it out and add it to my pack collection. Mazama Designs offers a complete line of patented/patent-pending water bladder systems and replacement parts for almost every backpack on the market. All of the bladders are made in the USA, using Metallocene film, which provides for a taste-free drink of water. No more plastic-mouth syndrome!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hiking Mt. Van Cott

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Hiking Mt. Van Cott, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Hiking Mt. Van Cott (6,351 ft) is the knoll behind, and above in the foothills of the University of Utah. It's low elevation makes is a safe and fun hike to do year-round. My favorite time to hike this trial is in late Spring through Fall when the trail is dry. Hike here in early spring or a warm day during winter, and this trail is sure to be a mud slide. This trail is short but sweet, but short and steep, which makes for a great quick, post-work hike.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fifty Fifty 750ml Wine Growler

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Fifty Fifty 750ml Wine Growler

Fifty Fifty, based in Oregon, has created the best double wall, vacuum-insulated bottles and wine growlers. Made of 18/8 stainless steal, these bottles keep condensation at bay, all while keeping your favorite wine or mixed drink at the perfect temperature all day. Whether you store the wine growler in your backpack while hiking or skiing, you can count on the this growler to accompany you on any outdoor adventure.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Top 3 Kid Friendly Trails near Salt Lake City, Utah

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Top 3 Kid Friendly Trails near Salt Lake City, Utah
Looking for the top 3 Kid Friendly trails in Salt Lake City? 

Look no further. I've created this list for those wanting to take the kids out for a hike, but aren't ready for an all day adventure. These 3 hikes range from 15 minutes to 2 hours, and can be safely hiked year round. No matter how long or short your hike, be prepared with at least one bottle of water per person, a small snack, and sun protection. For more tips when hiking with kids, read more of this post. Grab your hikin' boots, and let's hit the trails!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Hiking to Grandeur Peak

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Hiking to Grandeur Peak, Millcreek Canyon, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Grandeur Peak (8,299 ft and pronounced like "grand-er") is the one of the high points in Millcreek Canyon, and offers fantastic views of the SLC Valley and into Parley's Canyon. Grandeur Peak is also a perfect intro to Peak Bagging - the fairly short trail with a moderate elevation gain makes it one of the easier peaks to summit with little effort (compared to some of the other peaks in the area). For beginner hikers, this may be considered a tough hike due to the same reason Peak Baggers consider it easy - it is only 6 miles round trip and gains 2,900 ft elevation.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hiking Utah's 8 Ultra Prominence Peaks

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Hiking Utah's 8 Ultra Prominence Peaks
Hiking Utah's Ultra Prominence Peaks is not for the average hiker - many of these peaks require hiking off trail, very early morning starts (sometimes 3am), route finding, long days, crossing exposed ridge lines, extremely steep and rugged terrain, and sometimes a river crossing. In addition to these "fun" circumstances, I've also dealt with bad sun burns, running out of food, running out of water, reading the map wrong, forgetting socks, starting out too late in the day, ending after dark, getting annoyed by people I'm hiking with, and as the movies say, have experienced blood, sweat, and tears. So why do I keep doing it? What is the draw for people to complete Ultra Prominent Peaks?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Flat Top Mountain, Oquirrh Mountains

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Hiking to Flat Top Mountain, Oquirrh Mountains
Flat Top Mountain (10,620 ft) is the highest peak in the Oquirrh Mountains (pronounced like "oaker") in Utah, which lies to the southwest of Salt Lake City. Most of the Oquirrhs are private property and mining land for the Rio Tinto Kennecott Mine, however the two areas you are allowed to hike are in Butterfield Canyon, and the Flat Top Mountain trail. Flat Top Mountain has a prominence of 5,370 ft, making it Utah's 6th highest prominent peak.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Willow Heights Lake

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Hiking to Willow Heights Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, Kid friendly Trails in Salt Lake City
Willow Heights Lake is a popular destination year-round in Big Cottonwood Canyon for families looking for a short hike with the kids, for backcountry skiers in Winter, and for me, what I call a "bonus hike". A bonus hike is a super short hike that I will do after another longer hike in the area. In this case I just hiked the Mt. Wolverine Cirque to Brighton Lakes (8 miles), and wanted to see Willow Heights at the height of Fall.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hiking the Wolverine Cirque to Brighton Lakes (Loop)

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Hiking the Wolverine Cirque to Brighton Lakes (Loop)
Mt. Wolverine & the Wolverine Cirque above Brighton Ski Resort is a very popular backcountry skiing destination during winter. But hiking this route in Summer, is just as fun and very scenic, and for Peak Baggers, you can knock out up to six peaks in one day. This can be done as a point-to-point hike, but to really see everything, turn it into a loop and take half a day to explore. On this route, I was able to summit four peaks, pass four lakes, and see some of the Wasatch's best 360 degree views.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Playing Disc Golf at Solitude Mountain Resort

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Playing Disc Golf at Solitude Mountain Resort
This weekend, I learned to play Disc Golf for the first time at Solitude Mountain Resort. Disc Golf, aka Frisbee Golf or FOLF, is much like traditional golf except instead of using clubs and a small ball, players use a disc or frisbee. Disc Golf shares the same object as regular golf, where the object of completing each hole is to get the disc in the target in the fewest throws or "stokes". The disc golf is thrown from a tee area to the target hole - an elevated metal basket. I decided to bring my friend (who also happens to be my boss at my regular job) along so I could have a "pro" show me how it was done and so I could learn the right way to play disc golf.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Kate's Real Food

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Kate's Real Food product review, Stash Bar, Tiki Bar


Ever get sick of eating the same old granola bar or Cliff bar? Introducing Kate's Real Food granola & snack bars! At Kate's, they don't skimp on using wholesome, real food - each bar contains a minimum of 85% organic ingredients. For a quick grab-and-go breakfast, or snack in the backcountry, Kate's Real Food is sure to satisfy the sweet and salty mix you crave.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Soul Insole Shoe Bubble

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Soul Insole show bubble gear review
Soul Insole, an arch support and booster company, has created a revolutionary orthotic that fits for any activity - hiking, biking, dress shoes, dancing, skiing, rollerblading, or even for your favorite pair of flip flops or chacos. Ever dealt with Plantar Fasciitis? Knee issues? Stress on your hips? The Soul Insole Shoe Bubble may just be the sole solution you've been looking for.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Thaynes Canyon Peak

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Hiking to Thaynes Canyon Peak, Hiking in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Thaynes Canyon Peak (8,656 ft) is a high point in Millcreek Canyon - not many people summit this peak, as it is not well known and fairly steep. The trail follows a south facing canyon the entire way, so it is very well shaded. Thaynes Canyon Peak is also lower in elevation compared to some of the surrounding peaks such as Mt. Raymond & Gobblers Knob, therefore it is typically not high on a Peak Baggers "to do" list. However, don't let these things stop you from hiking the trail - the solitude and views you'll get on this peak are still worth at least one trip to the summit.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Box Elder Peak

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Hiking to Box Elder Peak, Utah, Hiking in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Box Elder Peak (11,101 ft) is the large, well known peak in between Mt. Timpanogos and Lone Peak - it dominates the ridgeline above, and to the North, of American Fork Canyon. Because the summit is over 11K, it is a popular hike among Peak Baggers. There are several routes to chose from, the most popular being the Dry Creek-Deer Creek Trail #043, which starts from the Granite Flats Campground just past Tibble Fork Reservoir. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Backpacking to Red Castle Lakes, Uintas

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Backpacking to Red Castle Lakes, Uintas
Red Castle Lakes is sure to be on everyone's Uintas "to-do" list, especially if you are a backpacker. Not only does the Red Castle area offer four high alpine lakes to chose from, pristine meadows, and great backcountry camping, it also offers a stark contrast of red peaks and a ridgeline to clear blue water that make for great photography. The only thing you won't find at Red Castle Lakes? Solitude.

Monday, August 29, 2016

NUUN Hydration Electrolytes

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NUUN Hydration Electrolytes
This summer, I had noticed that whenever I summited a big peak, backpacked for miles on end, or did a trail run at a high altitude, I noticed that I would start to feel light headed and weak. That is NOT something you want happening at 10,000 + feet! I would drink plenty of water, eat snacks, yet I still didn't feel 100%. I knew I needed something else, but wasn't sure what it could be.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hiking to Mt. Aire

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Hiking to Mt. Aire
Mt. Aire (8,621 ft) may not be the highest peak in Millcreek Canyon nor the surrounding area, but it does offer a fantastic view in all directions.  This short but steep trail is great to do as an after work hike with your dogs or friends, since it only takes about 2-3 hours round trip. The most popular route to summit  Mt. Aire is via Elbow Fork in Millcreek Canyon, and it is only 2 miles to the top. This trail is nicely shaded and there is a year round stream up until the ridge; after that, you will hike through scrub oak to the summit. Keep your eyes out for moose - they like to hang out in the lower meadow.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Interactive Adventure Map

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Gumbie's Islander Canvas Flip Flops

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Gumbie's Islander Canvas Flip Flops
Gumbies Islander Canvas Flip Flops are not just for an islander - they are for the mountain lover, the soccer mom, the gym goer, the laid back office worker, or even for the yard. Developed with a passion for outdoor life, Gumbies provides the freedom of minimalist footwear, while protecting the sole. Made from natural and recycled plant friendly materials where possible, the Gumbies Flip Flops are 95% recycled. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hiking to Mt. Peale & Mt. Tukuhnikivatz

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Hiking to Mt. Peale & Mt. Tukuhnikivatz, Utah Ultra Prominence Peaks
Mt. Peale (12,721 ft) and Mt. Tukuhnikivatz (12, 482 ft) are two prominent peaks in the LaSal Mountains right outside of Moab, UT. Mt. Peale is the highest point in the range, and 2nd tallest mountain in Utah; Mt. Tukuhnikivatz (pronounced tuk-oon-ik-ah-vatz) is the peak you mainly see from the valley floor from Moab, and is a mountain well known in Edward Abbey's, Desert SolitaireIf you have ever lived in Utah, have passed through, or want to have some sense of what Moab and Arches National Park was like back in the day, reading Desert Solitaire is a must. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hiking to Cecret Lake & Sugarloaf Peak

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Hiking to Cecret Lake & Sugarloaf Peak
Cecret Lake (yes, that is the correct spelling) is a beautiful alpine lake that sits in the heart of Alta Ski Resort. This easy 1 mile walk is great for kids, taking photos of the amazing wildflowers in July, and possibly sighting a moose. But why stop at the lake, when you can continue just one more mile and summit Sugarloaf Peak? The elevation of Sugarloaf Peak is 11,051 ft, and can be summited in under an hour and half. Bring a light jacket though - it gets really windy and can be quite cold at the top. Keep in mind that the Albion Basin Road is only open from July 4th until the last week of September (or whenever the first snow hits).

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Gorgoza Dog Park

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Gorgoza Dog Park, Kimball Junction, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Gorgoza Dog Park is a great place to take your dogs in the summer in Kimball Junction, UT. The reservoir is perfect for throwing your pup water toys, and if you need a little more activity, you can walk up the hill to get a nice view of Summit Park, Utah and look down to Gorgoza. Dogs are allowed off leash here, and as always, dog poop must be picked up. In the Winter time, Gorgoza turns into a Winter sledding hill, and the pond is not available for swimming, however, you can still walk your dog around the hillside.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Backpacking the Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range

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Backpacking the Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range
Backpacking the Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range of Wyoming should be on every backpackers "to do" list. The rugged terrain offers massive mountains with spire towers, clear glacial lakes, high alpine grassland & wildflowers, and world class hiking, backpacking, and climbing. The Cirque of the Towers is truly a pristine and special place. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Photo Session with SunnySideUp Photography

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