Thursday, August 31, 2017

6 Tips to Keep Your Dog Warm while Camping

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6 Tips to Keep Your Dog Warm while Camping
Camping & backpacking with dogs is really enjoyable, but the fun can be ruined if your furry pal is shivering and can't stay warm. Here in Utah, the temperatures can be 90F during the day and drop as low as 30F in the desert, even in the Summer. It doesn't matter if you decided to camp in Moab or in the High Uintas, always be prepared for cold weather camping with your dog, especially since the weather can change so quickly here. After camping and backpacking for 5 years with Charlie, one of the top questions I get is how I keep Charlie warm. Here are my 6 Tips to Keep Your Dog Warm while Camping!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hiking The Narrows, Zion National Park

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Hiking The Narrows, Zion National Park
The Narrows in Zion National Park is a must-do hike for any hiker looking to experience a slot canyon, hiking through water, and see gorgeous views that Zion is known for. You will not, however, have solitude as The Narrows is one of the most popular hikes in the Southwest, and especially in Utah. As the name "Narrows" implies, it's the narrowest canyon in Zion Canyon at only 20 feet wide and canyon walls over 1,000 ft high. This all time classic hike should not be missed on your trip to Zion!

Friday, August 25, 2017

How to Get your Dog Ready for Their First Backpacking Trip!

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How to Get your Dog Ready for Their First Backpacking Trip!
Backpacking is one of my absolte favorite activites to do in Summer, especially since Utah has some amazing backcountry. But what really makes is great is that Charlie gets to comes along, and having him there just makes it so fun, I get a snuggle buddy, I feel like I have a protector, and I love that we get to explore new terrain together. Backpacking with dogs is awesome and whether you've been backpacking for years and just got a new dog, or maybe you've been a team for awhile and want to start together here's, how to Get your dog ready for their first backpacking trip!



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Backpacking to Titcomb Basin, Wind Rivers

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Backpacking to Titcomb Basin, Wind Rivers
Backpacking to Titcomb Basin in 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. Titcomb Basin is truly a pristine and special place. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hiking the Lofty Lake Loop & Cuberant Lake, Uintas

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Hiking the Lofty Lake Loop & Cuberant Lake, Uintas
The Lofty Lakes Loop in the Uintas is a beatiful 4 mile loop that takes you past several high alpine lakes, a few cool overlooks, and is relatively easy hike for most people. To make this route even better, add on a side trek to Cuberant Lake! It is one of the most popular trails along the Mirror Lake Highway, however don't let that stop you from hiking this loop at least once. This is one of the prettiest day hikes in the area! You can hike this loop in either direction, but counter-clockwise is a bit easier since the elevation gain is done near the begining of the hike and it's more gradual this way.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ethnotek Premji Backpack

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Ethnotek Premji Backpack gear review
The Ethnotek Premji 20 Liter Backpack combines work and play in one pack - use this for work, school, the gym, or even a light day hike! Ethnotek is a fusion of two entities: Ethnology & Technology! At Ethnotek their mission is to keep culture alive by creating high-quality travel packs that feature ethnically-sourced handmade textiles. The term "Premji" is the name of Ethnotek's longest standing and most loyal weaver in India, who has been with the company since the begininng. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hiking to Hayden Peak, Uintas

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Hiking to Hayden Peak, Uintas
Hayden Peak (12,479 ft) stands out for anyone who's driven along the Mirror Lake Highway in the Uintas. This rugged peak is quite intimidating from the road, but for Peak Baggers that's nothing to prevent us from climbing it. Hiking to the summit of Hayden Peak is NOT for the beginner hiker nor the beginner peak bagger. You should be comfortable hiking across narrow ridges, class 3 scrambles, and route finding. There is either a very faint, or non-existent trail. Though this route is only 2 miles one way, you'll gain a total of just over 2,000 ft. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Visiting Cascade Springs, American Fork Canyon

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Visiting Cascade Springs, American Fork Canyon
Cascade Springs is a large artesian spring with naturally-terraced cascades and pools, located in American Fork Canyon. Over 7 million gallons of water flow through the springs each day. Cascade Springs isn't a hike, but more of a really easy, casual stroll. It's perfect for families with strollers since boardwalks and paved paths lead the way, and children will enjoy a walk suitable for little legs. There are several interpretive signs, so you can also learn about the flowers and vegetation.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hiking to Mill Canyon Peak

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Hiking to Mill Canyon Peak, American Fork Canyon
Mill Canyon Peak (10,349 ft) sits on the backside of the Wasatch Mountains and offers amazing 360 degree views. For a 10,000 ft peak this is a relatively easy summit - there's a trail most of the way and no scrambling. You will likely not see another hiker which is great, but the biggest downside to this route is the amount of dirt bikes. We passed seven of them by 9am, and the noise and dirt they kicked up wasn't the best, and I had to make sure I moved Charlie far enough off the trail. However, if you can get past that you will get a huge reward in scenery and views on Mill Canyon Peak.
This trail is only half shaded so you'll want to start early to beat the heat. Bring plenty of water for you and the dogs. I found my Paria Outdoor Trekking Poles to be really helpful, especially along the ridge.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Backpacking to Ibantik Lake, Uintas

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Backpacking to Ibantik Lake, Uintas
Ibantik Lake ("eye-ban-tick")  is located conveniently close to the Mirror Lake Highway in the High Uintas, and backpacking this route is perfect for beginner backpackers since it's a fairly short yet rewarding trail. It is a very popular lake to camp at, and therefore you won't have much solitude. The best things about this lake is how clear the water is, and you'll see plenty of mountain goats as Notch Mountain looms above you. The trail is really easy to follow, and is best done as a point-to-point route.