Category Archives: Hiking

What is a National Forest, anyway?

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In last week’s post I mentioned that I was excited about having a National Forest as a back yard. If you haven’t explored one before, however, you may have asked yourself, “what is a National Forest? Is it like a National Park? What about Wilderness Areas?” I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing each of these, and I want to introduce you… Read more »

Capitol Reef National Park Might Be My Favorite Park in Utah

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Thanks for the good times, Capitol Reef!

Utah is home to five National Parks, and a large number of National Park Service managed National Monuments, Historic Trails, and Recreation Areas. The state also boasts roughly nine million acres in seven National Forests. This abundance of public land makes Utah a popular destination for outdoor recreation of every kind. Twice now, Clarissa and I have had the opportunity… Read more »

Trail Puppy: These Three Products Make it Easier to Hike with Your Pup

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Trail puppy drinking

When we adopted Inkling, We did so with every intention of spending time with her in the great outdoors. As soon as feasible, we wanted her to start developing as a trail puppy. So far, so good; for the most part we love sharing adventures together! We face challenges, and we’ve got a lot to figure out, but we’re learning… Read more »

Mishaps with Ticks and an Electric Fence: Have Fun Anyway

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Recently I took Inkling hiking while scouting locations for a freelance gig. I love hiking with the pup, but she does introduce a challenge to getting photo and video content; there’s a lot of coaxing involved with getting her in the right shot. Now don’t let that sound negative, because it’s actually a great thing. It allows me to patiently… Read more »

How to Get Yosemite & Other National Parks All to Yourself

Wind Cave National Park

Something that you may have noticed from the content that I post is that I love our National Parks! Often referred to as America’s best idea, our National Park system is intended for the enjoyment of all, and despite a growing number of challenges that the NPS faces, (including the recent government shutdown and potential for another in the near… Read more »

Exploring Arches National Park: On the Road in Utah

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Strap yourselves in ladies and gents, we’re headed to Arches National Park. After we parted ways with Amanda in Colorado, we continued West, to Moab. Here we met up with Clarissa’s friend Hannah and then continued to Ken’s Lake Campground, a nice BLM site where we tented up for the night. As soon as the sun sank below the ridgeline,… Read more »

More Adventures in the Black Hills and Badlands

Black Hills and Badlands

Recently we had the good fortune to return to Badlands National Park and the Black Hills area. As those of you who have followed my blog for awhile know, I love these places. So when we had the opportunity to partner with Black Hills and Badlands to explore some new places and experiences in western South Dakota, we jumped all… Read more »

Poison Ivy: Seven Things You Need To Know Before You Hit the Trail

Poison Ivy alongside the trail.

When I was kid, early on in my scouting career, I made the rookie mistake of wiping my butt with an unidentified leaf. As you can probably guess, given the nature of this post, that was a very bad call. I had an itchy rash in areas I would have preferred to remain itchy rash free, but I learned a… Read more »

Morning at Bighorn Park and Hiking Back: Mount Whitney, Part 5

The waterfall at Bighorn Park

This post is the final chapter in a five part story about Mount Whitney. If you haven’t read the previous installments you can find them here. Part Five We awoke to a beautiful morning at Bighorn Park; the sun radiated off of every surface, the snow glowed brightly in the light, and some hot coffee hit the spot. We weren’t… Read more »

Avalanches, Waterfalls, and Glissades: Mount Whitney, Part Three

Crossing the field of avalanche debris

This post is the third part of a five part story about Mount Whitney. If you haven’t read the previous installments you can find them here. Part Three Andrew’s route led us up a deep snow bank. The incline started gradually, but grew steeper as we walked. Up we went, nearing a waterfall to our right. As we grew closer,… Read more »

Lost Trails and Helicopters: Mount Whitney, Part Two

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Bighorn Park

This post is the second part of a five part story. If you haven’t read the previous installment you can find it here. Part Two Feeling empowered by the crampons on our boots, we quickly crossed a couple of streams on wooden log bridges, and then stepped back into snow. Then came the time to test our new-found confidence, as… Read more »

Mount Whitney Trail, Ice Axes, and Crampons: Mount Whitney Part One

Heading up the Mount Whitney Trail

Prologue When my oldest friend Tim invited me to California to hike Mount Whitney, I swelled with excitement for the opportunity to summit the highest mountain in the continental US. I hoped that I could write a nice article about my experience on the mountain. It’s early in the season, and the Sierras witnessed more snowfall than they have in… Read more »