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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Monday, August 8, 2016

Hiking to Gobblers Knob and Mt. Raymond

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Hiking to Gobblers Knob and Mt. Raymond
Gobblers Knob (10,246 ft) and Mt. Raymond (10, 241 ft) are two peaks every Peak Bagger wants to summit. Both are on the Big Cottonwood Canyon (BCC) & Millcreek Canyon ridgeline, so they can be accessed via either canyon. The most popular route is up Butler Fork in BCC, and is heavily visited on weekends during summer months.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Hiking to Shadow Lake via Guardsmans Pass

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Hiking to Shadow Lake via Guardsmans Pass
Shadow Lake is located in Park City Mountain Resort (or PCMR as us locals know it), and can be access from the ski resort, or for a shorter route, via Guardsmans Pass. Shadow Lake sits in a bowl-like area, surrounding by pine trees and mountains. This is a popular area for mountain bikers. Hiking to Shadow Lake via Guardsmans Pass will offer a relief from the heat during summer months, and get you out of the valley smog/haze. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Mazama Designs Reservoirs

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Mazama Designs Reservoirs
Looking for an innovative, streamlined hydration bladder with a no fuss system? Mazama Designs, out of Bend, Oregon, has come up with a great replacement hydration bladder for any Camelbak. 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, August 2, 2016

Hiking Mt. Timpanogos via Aspen Grove

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Hiking Mt. Timpanogos via Aspen Grove
Hiking Mt. Timpanogos (11, 752 ft) is one of the higher peaks in the Wasatch Front, coming in 2nd behind Mt. Nebo. Though Mt. Nebo is the tallest peak in the Wasatch Mountains, it sees less than half the amount of hikers than "Timp" (as us locals call it) does. Hiking Mt. Timpanogos is almost a rite of passage for many Utahans - once completed, many will openly offer up their experience, advice, and how many times they've summited.