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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 …

Kissing a Camel in Jordan

30 facts about my life, mistakes, and triumphs

Warning: This is a personal post, if you’re not into that kind of stuff, pick one of my adventure inspired posts to read instead, I won’t be offended. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ― E.E. Cummings It strikes me as odd that anyone would want to interview me. Yet, I’ve given two this …

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, …

Osprey Variant 37 Gear Test

Gear Review: Osprey Variant 37

My old climbing pack finally retired this year; worn thin and never really all that comfortable, I might still use it for abrasive slot canyons where getting another hole in it won’t bother me. This summer I started looking around for a pack that would be good throughout the year – on ice, rock, or light mountaineering. While there are …

Flowers at White Pine Lake, Utah

Podcast: Solo adventure tips and safety

After a bit of a break, I’m back up and recording on the podcast. My break is not without cause. Let me share… For the last month, I’ve been eyeballs deep in building my business, Active Explorer Media. Actually, it’s more like formalizing something I’ve been doing for years. In addition to writing, I’m expanding my social media coaching services. …

Coleman Mini 1st Aid Kit

Outdoor goodie giveaway!

I’m excited to share that I’ve agreed to be a brand ambassador for Potable Aqua, and its parent company, Wisconsin Pharmaceutical. Who is Wisconsin Pharmaceutical? You may be more familiar with their Coleman branded first aid kits, bug repellants, and Sting Eze. I’m approached by many brands to do reviews or they simply want me to promote their product. I …