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Broad’s Fork to Sunrise (O’Sullivan), Dromedary and Lake Blanche

Some people call this the Triple Traverse, but since Wes and I had done Broad's Fork Twins a few weeks earlier via Ferguson canyon and the Storm Mountain ridge, and also because Wes had to work til noon, we skipped the Twins and just did Sunrise and Dromedary Peaks this time. So, I'll call it the double traverse. To be honest, I feel like I am running out of peaks to do in the Wasatch. It's kind of funny because it seems ... Read more

Salewa Firetail GTX Approach Shoes

I don't get excited about shoes very often and this might be because I don't find an amazing pair very often. However, the Salewa Firetail GTX approach shoe is honestly the best shoe I have ever had. I am an avid runner, hiker, backpacker, mountaineer and rock climber living in Salt Lake City and for a while I was really on the fence about getting another pair of shoes, especially approach shoes. I have a good pair of  hiking boots and several ... Read more

Climbing the South Ridge of Mount Superior

The South Ridge of Superior is a fairly iconic ridge line in Little Cottonwood Canyon across from Snowbird and Alta Resorts. Since moving to Salt Lake I have been slowly ticking away at a number of peaks in the Wasatch, Mount Superior being one of them. The more peaks I have bagged and the more rock climbing I have started doing, the more I am realizing it is kind of about the route more than it is about the actual peak. It's ... Read more

Canyoneering Birch Hollow in Zion and How to Check If Anchors are Safe for Rappelling

I recently went down to Zion with my good friend Wes and his two friends Jason and Martha. We headed down with the mission to canyoneer down Birch Hollow. This canyon is "technical," meaning it requires rope to get to the bottom of it. This particular canyon requires 12 rappels. Wes and I had gone down to Zion about a month and a half earlier to try out a defining ridge on the Zion skyline called "Cowboy Ridge." This ridge is an ... Read more

Featuring Local Utah Hiker, Skier, and Mountain Biker: Brooke Gaynes

Brooke Gaynes and I became acquainted when she began liking a lot of my photos on Instagram. In turn, I noticed her and her husband's pictures were pretty incredible and awe inspiring. I added her on Facebook and she was more than happy to answer a few questions that I threw at her. Her story is pretty great: She was born and raised here in Salt Lake City and considered San Fransisco as a place to live after she graduated. She started ... Read more

Hiking Lower Spring Canyon at Capitol Reef in Southern Utah

This trip started out with the intention of backpacking through the park, but my plans changed when I realized that all the hikes I wanted to do to less than a day. Also, BLM land was about 1-3 miles from all the trail heads. So, I decided to camp at the BLM and hike the canyons I wanted during the day. It was like pseudo backpacking... With that aside, Hiking Lower Spring Canyon within Capitol Reef National Park was awesome! It was ... Read more

In Route to Mount Raymond in Utah

I was lucky enough last week to go on a great adventure with my new roommate before he moved to Miami. Him and I have gone on a few hikes in the short time that he lived with us, and I learn a ton from him every time I am able to get a moment of his busy schedule. The day hike in big cottonwood canyon near Salt Lake City was on a somewhat gloomy and cloudy day. This spring has been ... Read more

Nice Day Hike to Mount Van Cott Near Salt Lake City

North Salt Lake provides an extraordinary amount of day hikes along the foot hills and connecting with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) that runs from Ogden to Provo. Mount Van Cott is a low elevation peak just behind the John Hunstman Cancer Center within the University of Utah campus. The trail begins on the BST where it meets with the parking lot of the cancer center. You follow the trail North and it comes to a Y. You follow the path right ... Read more

Arc’teryx Rampart Hiking and Backpacking Pant – Men’s

These hiking pants really changed the game for me. I spent a lot of time trying to find a pant that was comfortable and lightweight. The Arc'teryx Rampart are nonrestrictive and make hiking easier for me. I used to just backpack in sweats or jeans, but if they got wet, I was toast. This last summer I knew it was time to take a step up and get some water resistant pants. The 94% Nylon material repels water. If they do get wet ... Read more

The North Face Hedgehog III GTX XCR Hiking Shoes

I put these shoes in some tough places. I asked a lot of them, and made them do things they didn’t want to do. Still, they remain by my feet for over 100+ miles of backcountry (most on this site), dozens of foothill hikes, and pacing miles back and forth as a server in a small brewpub in Boise, ID. Check Out This Product On Amazon: An interesting fact about me: I ruin shoes. I fall. I scrape them against rocks. I step ... Read more
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