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

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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King’s Peak (The Other King’s Peak)

So we did 2 Kings Peak trips recently. The 2nd happens to be the highest peak in Utah at 13,528 ft. It’s in the Uintas Range, a personal favorite of mine, and we had a great, quick 2 day weekend trip to the top. We did the trip with Matt, Dani, Cole, and Ava and it was a great group to put some long miles in with.

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The river along the hike

We started the trip on Friday, The 4th of July, and hiked about 8 miles deep into the Uintas to find a camp spot for the night. We left Salt Lake City early that morning and drove a quick few hours to the Henry’s Fork Trailhead. The hiking was easy with little elevation change and a lot of water. The weather was interesting and became quite stormy as we neared King’s Peak. We found a pretty awesome campsite off the trail and next to a stream and set up camp for the night. We spent the better half of the afternoon hiding from the intermittent rainstorms, which we hear are quite common in the area, and had a great relaxing afternoon and dinner.

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