Top Notch Triathlon: Utah Style

5,495ft of vertical gain separates the starting line from the finish of this triathlon. It’s not your typical race, nor is it even an official event. At least, it wasn’t until August 5, 2018, because three brave souls took this challenge on with only a few days notice and they absolutely crushed it. So what exactly is the Top Notch Triathlon-Utah Version? It all started back in 2014 when my new roommates at the time invited me to compete in an annual team triathlon that raced up Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire on the first weekend in August. I took …

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Cassidy Arch | Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef, the least known, and visited, National Park in Utah. But it is a hidden gem. Which is quite a strange label since it is a national park. And in that park, after a long drive on a dirt road, you reach the Cassidy Arch trailhead. Though it is no Delicate Arch, Mesa Arch, or Corona Arch, the Cassidy Arch is just as incredible as the rest. Yet, I had never heard of it either until we checked out the map we were given at the Visitor Center. So don’t worry, you’re not alone. Court and I planned to …

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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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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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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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Utah Bound | Why We Moved to SLC

“Let’s just drop everything and move out West.” At one one point, all of us have had the dream to pack up everything we own in a UHaul and just drive westward into the sunset. Just drive to the place we’ve been brainwashed to believe is better than the east coast. Wether it be the laid-back lifestyle in California or the endless adventures you see on your friends’ Instagram out in Colorado. The how or why doesn’t really matter, just that is possible for anyone to go West. And at some point in the end of 2016, my girlfriend Court …

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Salt Lake City, Utah [Video]

Spontaneous trip to visit some friends turned out to be a trip that far exceeded any expectations I had for Salt Lake. This place is out of an outdoorsman’s best dream. From the moment you fly into SLC, you notice all the incredible mountains that tower over the city.  Everything is shockingly close, which makes access to the mountains and all the its fun just 100x better. We were able to check out the Mormon Temple, the city at sunset, the Midway ice castles, snow shoeing near Layton, the beaches of the Great Salt Lake, and of course the endless …

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