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Rock Climbing in El Potrero Chico, Mexico

For New Years every year, Kim and I team up with our friend Brent for a trip somewhere "warm" to get away from the bad air and cold temps in SLC. This year, we decided to take a trip down to El Potrero Chico because it provides some awesome limestone multipitch climbing and because that video of Alex Honnold free soloing there is ridiculously awesome. We had some skymiles, so we booked flights to San Antonio and then caught a bus that ... Read more

Failing on Fine Jade

For some reason, we thought it would be fun to drive down to Moab and give the classic route Fine jade (.11a | 5 pitches) a try. It is a route that is a bit beyond our climbing ability, but we figured that we could just aid through any tough spots on the route. We started driving early Saturday morning around 5am. We were very surprised when we got to Moab that there was more snow on the ground than in Salt ... Read more

Climbing Lightbulb Tower (AKA James Tower) 5.10 | A1

Kirk and I recently took our first trip to The San Rafael Swell in southern Utah. On that trip we just cragged and found some awesome single pitch routes. However, we wanted to return and try out the more adventurous side of climbing in The Swell. We looked up a bunch of routes on Mountain Project and found a cool looking tower call the Lightbulb. It was 3 pitches rated 5.10 and A1. With that grade we'd be pushing our free ... Read more

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

Making Tough Decisions in the Mountains: Success vs Failure and Life vs Death

The more time I spend outdoors and the more I push myself, the more I find myself second guessing my decisions and double checking my safety. To be honest, I get freaked out a lot. More times than I'd like to admit, I have been standing somewhere far away from help and safety looking ahead and thinking... "Should I keep going?" It's weird that I feel this way because in the last few years I also begun to feel more confident in ... 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
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