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.
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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 prominent 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 Solitaire. If 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.
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).
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!