5000 Exoplanets and Counting

Dubbed a Cosmic Milestone, on March 21 NASA’s planetary odometer confirmed the discovery of 5000 exoplanets existing outside of our solar system. While a significant marker, astronomers believe that the Milky Way Galaxy holds an abundance of additional new, undiscovered worlds, some estimates ranging in the hundreds of billions. From Rocky Worlds and Ocean Planets, to Super Jupiters and Super …

The JWST Orbits the Earth

Did you know that Utah has one of the highest concentration of International Dark-Sky Association-certified locations in the world? Our own backyard sports some of the finest locations to stargaze and view meteor showers, and it’s never been a better time to obsess over Outer Space. The Year is 2022, and mankind’s greatest achievement in astrophysics technology orbits the earth, …

How cleaning your gear can prevent the spread of pests.

Think you’re leaving no trace? Here’s something you might have missed

When backpacking in alpine environments, or anywhere for that matter, I’m a stickler for following Leave No Trace principles. Let me rephrase that, I’m a pain in the bottom about it. Yet until recently, I didn’t realize I was inadvertently violating one of those principles – Leave What You Find. I’ll explain. There is a statement under that subhead that …

Fall Hikes Near Salt Lake City

My [growing] Collection of Top Utah Hiking Trails

In this post I share my top Utah hiking trail posts organized by area, season, difficulty and even one for dogs who hike. Most I published on Ski Utah’s blog under my name or as the “Yeti,” their ultra cool mascot. The lists are simple collections of the most popular hikes or others I’ve discovered are worth lacing up your …

Hydrating at Altitude

Hydrating for Extreme Adventure

Headaches, nausea, and confusion are wearing you down and you can’t continue. “I have to turn back,” you mumble, calling an end to your bucket-list adventure trip. Months of hard work and training are wasted, and you ask yourself how this could happen. The answer is likely dehydration. Dehydration, commonly perceived as a heat-related illness, can strike under many other …

10 Burning Man Images theactiveexplorer.com

Keeping it real: 10 images of Burning Man 2015

For one week per year, an ancient lake-bed filled with alkali dust becomes the third largest city in Nevada. When it’s over, not a speck of debris can be found. It’s the largest Leave No Trace project in the world. Nearly 70,000 people, rich and poor, young and old, straight and gay, heavy and slim, make the journey to the …