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 …

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Finding strength on Lone Peak

Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses. – Marilyn vos Savant Utah’s Lone Peak tops at out 11,263’ and is considered the most difficult 11,000+ peak in the Wasatch Rage due to the mileage and vertical gain. It is an imposing peak, visible from Salt Lake City to Provo. With an average grade less than …

14 ski resorts delivering holiday cheer

14 ski resort events delivering holiday cheer

  Here is a fun piece I wrote for Liftopia.com on holiday events. ~ Enjoy! ‘Tis the season for skiing powder! Oh, and the holidays are upon us as well. I’d rather bury my head in the snow than deal with shopping and, luckily, there are some festive ski resort events taking place across the U.S. and the Canadian Rockies. …

5 Ways To Overcome Fear On The Slopes - PHOTO: Alex Berger, Flickr

5 Ways To Overcome Fear On The Slopes

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~ Nelson Mandela Fear is no fun. And learning to ski or ride for the first time, or leveling up to new a challenge, can bring it up. It doesn’t matter that a run is an easy green; if it’s new for you, …