Fruita Mountain Biking Trip

We live in Salt Lake City, which is arguably one of the best cities in the world to be a mountain biker. We have Park City, the worlds only gold rated mountain bike area according to IMBA just 30 minutes away, and are 4 hours from the Hurricane/Gooseberry Mesa areas, Moab, and Fruita, CO. It’s a good day to be a mountain biker in SLC.

When Jacob, Scott, Katie, and I were trying to come up with a bike trip plan for the weekend, at least one of us had biked in all of the other areas, leaving us with Fruita as the logical choice.

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Winter Camping – For Dummies (By Dummies)

Originally, I was going to make this article about good tips to know when camping in the winter. Then I got my car stuck in snow a few times, felt like an idiot, and got towed out of trouble by a good Samaritan… twice. I no longer feel qualified to give anyone advice about anything, but will still cover what we did that worked in relation to camping, and what not to do, in relation to getting your car stuck in snow.

The rough location of where we ended up

The rough location of where we ended up

We decided to go camping this weekend in the Uinta Mountains rather than the warmer desert down south, mostly because the Uintas are much closer to us here in Salt Lake City. We had a great time, stayed warm, and then got to extend our stay by a few hours as we worked to get the car unstuck. Continue reading

Go Backpacking for Less than $300

Backpacking gear can get expensive, like crazy-expensive. It doesn’t have to be though! I came up with this idea while discussing buying used gear with some people, and was explaining to them that used gear is actually very easy to find and buy. You can buy a lot of your gear for much less than buying it new, if you’re patient and willing to put in some preliminary work. Continue reading

San Juan Packrafting Bachelor Party

Let me (Tyler) start by saying this was an insane trip and Matt Bainsmith wins the prize for most adventurous-awesomest person I know.

Mexican Hat, UT

Mexican Hat, UT

For Matt’s Bachelor party he decided he wanted to follow his newfound passion of Packrafting, which for those of you that don’t know, is backpacking with a tiny raft and then hiking half the route and rafting the other half… Sounded crazy to me too. The river of his choice to packraft was the San Juan in the South Eastern corner of Utah by a city called Mexican Hat (yes that is a real city name), this whole trip sounds made up at this point. We (Tyler, Matt, Tad, and Brian) did a hike starting around Goose Neck State Park (bottom right star is the start), down to the San Juan river, then floated the river to grand gulch, then got out and hiked out of grand gulch via Collins Springs (top star marks the end). It was a great trip, and we all had a good time, though it was up there on the difficulty scale.

The Packrafting Route

The Packrafting Route

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Sawtooths Petit Lake Backpacking Trip

I have been failing miserably to update this lately due to an overabundance of adventurizing and funtivities, so I’m playing catch up. I (Tyler) went on a backpacking trip up in the Sawtooth’s in Idaho Sept 5th through Sept 7th with the old gang of High School buddies. Being spread out all over the West Coast, we don’t get to see each other much any more, so it was great to see everyone and a fantastic backpacking trip.

We planned to do an out and back trip in the Sawtooth National Forest, just North of Sun Valley, Idaho because we only had limited time and a few new backpackers. Tom, Shane, Austin, and I hiked to McDonald Lake the first night so that Jack and Alan could find us late that night after they got off work (in the dark, which didn’t go well – more on that later). The second day we all continued up to Farley Lake which was massive and quite the stellar camp spot. Then on the third day we headed back to the car early, the way we came, so that Shane could catch his flight out. It was a 2 mile hike to McDonald Lake, and another 2.5 miles to Farley Lake, so overall, it was a 9 mile out and back with about 1,500 ft of elevation climbing, which made it quite steep at times (as Austin found out).

Toxaway-Pettit Loop Trailmap

Toxaway-Pettit Loop Trailmap

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