Wasatch Crest Trail | Mountain Bike Ride

The Wasatch Crest Trail is one of the most epic trails I’ve ever ridden. A true classic ride in Northern Utah that everyone must do at least once in their life. All of which I did not know prior to riding it. A buddy of mine I had met on a MeetUp ride in Little Cottonwood Canyon asked me if I wanted to shuttle Wasatch Crest one night last week. I said “Sure, sounds like a blast!” But I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Silly me, thought a shuttle ride was just taking a shuttle van …

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Instagram is Ruining the Outdoors | Opinion

This polarizing discussion is not new, yet I am constantly at odds with myself on what side of the argument I’m on. And rather than trying to balance my position somewhere in the middle, today I picked a side. Is Instagram ruining the outdoors? My answer is… No.   Until recent years, the outdoors have always been an exclusive club. It may not seem like it because it’s free and accessible by every person, but it really is. Unless you were raised in a family who spent their weekends hiking or camping, odds are you will never end up in …

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First Camping in the Uinta Mountains

Rarely do spontaneous camping trip plans actually happen. Sure, the idea always gets thrown around after a night of drinking, but we usually never follow through with them. Some how, this past weekend was completely different. After throwing around plans to do a quick, overnight camping trip during the day on Friday, we settled on a night in the Uinta Mountains on Saturday night. Even as Saturday rolled around, we still weren’t sure we’d make it. But wouldn’t you know it, the plans all came together and we met up with 4 of our other friends outside of Kamas to …

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Backpacking & Camping Checklist

There’s nothing worse than after a long day of backpacking into camp, you realize you forgot a stove or fuel to cook your dinner. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten to campsites and realized I forgot everything from a sleeping bag and pad to cooking utensils and food itself. To help make this process easier for you (and me) the next time I head into the backcountry, I made this checklist. Download a PDF Version of this List here:

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5th Water Hotsprings | Utah

When you picture a hot spring that is tucked away in the middle of mountains, the Fifth Water Hot Springs should be exactly what you think of. And if you’re tired of showing up to a hot spring only to realize it’s completely packed and not really that “hot”, then this is definitely the one for you! They are very remote (only accessible by foot), and they are hot (I’m talking 110F in some spots). This drastically differs from hot springs I’ve been to in Utah and in other countries where they turn the geothermal heated pools into spas and …

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Guide to Utah’s Geographical Jargon

I grew up a flatlander in New Jersey, where describing a geographical feature would be limited to the following: street, hill, woods, or the beach. Since then, I’ve been exposed to what people would consider real, mountainous terrain in New England. Up there, we’d throw around terms like: Mountain, Summit, Ridge, Lake, and Elevation. All of which are pretty self explanatory and not too hard to follow along with in a conversation. But here in Utah, that list of geographical jargon has grown by 100x. And I’ll be honest most of the time I have no idea how to describe …

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Trip to the Big Island of Hawaii

For 10 days, we drove around the Big Island of Hawaii exploring everything above and below the water. We made stops to stay in Kona, Naalehu, Mountain View, Hilo,  Kawaihae, and plenty of places in between. We brought our own snorkeling gear so that we could hop in to the ocean anywhere we could. In that same bag, we packed our camping gear to spend a few nights under the stars at a beach park. Can’t wait to write about our adventures and what we learned along the way. Most notably, that the news sensationalizes the impact that the volcano …

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Angels Landing Trail | Zion National Park

Thousand foot drops offs on either side of the 2 foot wide, sandstone trail. For a half-mile, you have to try your hardest not to look down as you hike along the hog’s back ridgeline. The only thing that keeps you from tumbling over the edge are the intermittent chains that are drilled into the rock. But if you make it to the end, you will be shown a view of the Zion Valley below that you’ll never forget.

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Delicate Arch | Arches National Park

The Delicate Arch. It is probably the most recognizable symbol of Utah. So much so, that we’ve put it on our license plates.  And when something is as much of a part of a state’s identity, like Mt. Rushmore or Old Faithful, it usually means it’s a giant tourist trap. This makes it hard to appreciate the beauty of something when you are constantly being elbowed out of the way for someone else to take a picture. So our expectations were set pretty low as we drove out from Devil’s Campground in Arches National Park and pulled into the Delicate …

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