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
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
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
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
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
As you may know, we have a Big Agnes, Fly Creek UL2 tent that we use for pretty much every backpacking trip. It’s a great tent and we love it, but because of the lightweight materials used in the tent, I fear for it’s long-term durability. (Side Note: It’s actually held up quite well and has been pitched in quite a few less-than-ideal spots with sharp branches and rocks and has performed flawlessly.) Buuuuut I would like the added reassurance of a footprint for an expensive piece of gear. In addition to protecting the tent floor from getting punctured/torn, footprints prevent water seeping in through the floor, and in the case of the Fly Creek can be used with the rainfly to pitch the tent. Unfortunately the Big Agnes footprint is quite pricy for a simple piece of cloth, and I had heard that there were good Do it Yourself (DIY) options, and so I started looking into it.
I’m creating this list of the gear we use in hopes of providing a good review of the gear we own and use. We will keep it up to date and if anything breaks, we’ll update it, so everything should be current for durability info. Continue reading