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The Secrets to Packing for a Desert Adventure in Utah

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The red rock desert of southern Utah is an adventurer’s playground. Orange slot canyons, massive red walls, and otherworldly rock formations set the stage for a variety of active outings. In just one week you can be a canyoneer, trail runner, backpacker, 4×4 driver, photographer and casual day hiker. That is, if you’re ready for it! The canyonlands region is a place where arriving properly outfitted will make a huge difference in your successes and of your overall enjoyment of this special region. Below are a few tips, as well…read more

Baby Steps: Overcoming Depression with Small Stints in Nature

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In 2017 my wife Chelsea and I were fortunate enough to welcome our daughter into the pack. Long story short, that first year was extremely difficult for me. I dove into a depression which turns out is pretty normal for fathers and there isn’t much help for it. It was only when I started taking small moments in nature, even urban environments, that I began to overcome this depression. To add insult to injury, I felt utterly ashamed of the fact that I was depressed. Me… an outdoor professional… who pushes…read more

Party Over Policy? Rubbing Salt in the OR Wound

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Gone are the days when flannel shirts, beards, and Subarus flock to Salt Lake City for the annual granola festival at the Salt Palace Convention Center. It’s so interesting that the state of Utah – projected to be one of the top states for businesses – would not care about one of its largest industries. And so the Outdoor Retailer show has decided it is time to move away from its Salt Lake home for greener pastures and a state that cares about human-powered recreation. I can’t say I’m surprised…read more

Leading in Zion: Thoughts on Women in Climbing

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I don’t know what it is about Zion that’s so captivating to me. Perhaps it’s the feeling of being on another planet, or the long wall routes of endless sandstone that tower over you, inviting curious climbers to test their ability. Perhaps it’s the local vibe, from the Springdale Candy Company owners (a lovely couple from the midwest) to the adorable tchotchke shops with trinkets for all. Either way, Zion is made of some kind of magic and a place where magic happens. I’d visited a handful of times, but had never…read more

Adventuring With a Pregnant Wife: “Taking it Easier Than Normal”

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There I was in the Uintas Mountains in the middle of the night and my wife Chelsea, 16-weeks pregnant, is leaning out of the tent for her fifth bout of morning sickness. We had decided to head out on a short backpacking trip to see how she handled it before we took off for a planned trip to Havasupai in the Grand Canyon the next week. “This is awful!” she bellowed out as she pulled her head back inside the tent. And with that we cancelled our trip. We decided…read more

Guest Blogger: Lost and found in the Moab weirdliness

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Moab, Utah is often given the enviable moniker of “mountain bike capital of the country” (if not the world.) The terrain is punishing. As is the weather. Nothing about this place is easy. And, that’s why we love it – “we” being, specifically, the dirt bag climbers, river rats and mountain bikers that are lucky enough to call this place home. Oh, yeah, and there are all those other folks that visit here, too, who love it – like about a million-and-a-half last year. For us guides, they sort of pay the…read more