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Multi Pitch Rock Climbing Near Vegas: Cat in the Hat (5.6) & Birdland (5.7+)

My girlfriend and I took a week long New Years trip down to Vegas this year to soak up some warmer weather and get a few climbs in while the snow continued to dump in Salt Lake. We wanted to do a variety of climbing, but were especially excited about getting on a few classic multi-pitch trad routes. We had a few routes in mind, but I am a bit unfamiliar with the area and Kim and I haven't done a ... Read more

Classic Climbing and Splitboarding in Little Cottonwood: Winter on the South Ridge and South Face of Mount Superior

This has to be one of the most intense all-around adventures I have ever done, and it happened in my own backyard of Little Cottonwood Canyon. I got the crazy idea to climb a classic winter alpine route and ski a classic winter descent. Here's how it went down: We got to the base of the ridge around 6am. We began up the ridge, ice axes in hand, climbing gear and snowboards on our backs. The south ridge of Mount Superior is an ... Read more

It’s getting personal… How my outdoor goals impact me! (Progress and Goals for the future)

It's been a while since I've posted because I have been spending a lot of time rock climbing lately in order to prep for the set of adventures I have in store for summer 2014. The truth is, I am not really sure what I want out of this blog and I kind of want to personalize it more. I want to make it more like an adventure journal that highlights my trips, but allows me to present my thoughts, goals, ... Read more

Featuring Local Utah Adventurer Andy Earl: Climber, Backpacker, Backcountry Snowboarder

It seems to be a trend that most of the people I interview on my blog have been connected to me over the internet. This is also the case for Andy. I was drawn to his backcountry photos on Facebook through a friend of a friend. He was happy to participate in my local interview project and answered a few questions that I sent him. Andy was born and raised in Utah. He plans to live and die here, as well. When he ... 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

Featuring Local Utah Adventurer and Ski Mountaineer: Adam O’Keefe

I have been trying to figure out some new directions to go with my blog. I have been mostly writing about my own personal adventures and I have begun to feel a bit narcissistic in a way. So, as a result I am making a section of posts called "Utah Adventurers" featuring other people that I have come in contact with over the last few years that I have spent in Utah. I met Adam O'Keefe online through a mutual Facebook friend. ... 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

Splitboarding Tour of Mount Superior in Utah

This tour was one of my favorite backcountry adventures yet. My friend Jon and I reached the base of the mountain around noon in hopes that a late start would give the clouds time to clear. Unfortunately this did not happen, so we strapped in and began trudging through the fresh powder with flurries of light snow coming in and out. The skin track we followed had been packed down by the early risers, but the light snowfall had laid a nice ... Read more

Splitboarding Tour of Mount Reynold’s in Utah

I am really excited about this hike. I feel like it is a big step in a new direction of backpacking and mountaineering, especially in the winter, for me. This hike consisted of a lot "firsts" for me. It was my first time using a splitboard, it was my first time hiking with my new adventurous friend John, it was my first time reaching a summit with the intention to snowboard down, it was my first time hiking in the backcountry in ... Read more

Snowshoeing in Ponderosa State Park, McCall, Id

Situated just inside the rim of Pacific weather influence, McCall, Idaho and the surrounding West Central mountains are capable of accumulating massive amounts of snow. Tired clouds dump the rest of their cargo on these mountains before heading south to dryer climates. This Pacific influence makes for a special kind of snow. Here the flakes are bigger, heavier, and wetter. The white stuff piles high. Walking on a snowshoe trail here combines the view of untouched feet of powder laden across the ... Read more
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