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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.

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 its current name.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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!