5 Tips for a Safe and Fun Winter Hike

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It never actually occurred to me to hike in the winter before COVID shut the ski resorts down. As a ski part-time ski instructor, all of my free time to explore the outdoors was claimed by skiing. Without that I was at a loss as to what to do with my Saturdays. Desperate to enjoy the outdoors but without the crowds, I discovered winter hiking. The first time I went, I threw my winter clothes in the car and drove to a spot without much thought beforehand. I’ve learned a lot since then. Here are five tips to have a safe and fun winter hike.

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Five Common Mistakes Parents Make Teaching Kids to Ski

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As a ski instructor, I have a first row seat to parents teaching their kids to ski and the chaos that entails. I also get a lot of those same kids the next day when the parents realize they’re in over their heads. Even if you intend to put your kids in ski school for most days, these ski tips will help the time they ski with you. Below are five tips to help the day go much better and not end in tears—yours or theirs.

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The Wondrous Tree Carvings of the Lonely Basque

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One drizzly summer day, my friend and I hiked a lovely and lonely trail in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The only person we ran into on the way down was an old man still spritely making his way up. We stopped to talk—always eager to share and learn tips of the trail.

“Have you heard of arborglyphs,” he asked us.

We shook our head no. He proceeded to give us a brief lesson in one of the most interesting bits of history I’ve learned about the mountains and very vague instructions on where to find one.

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a 1.9 million-acre secret in southern Utah. Not quite sure how it’s remained so hidden but I’ve lived in Utah my entire life and barely knew about it. But within its vast borders are more slot canyons than you can swing a cat at. It has replaced Zion as my new favorite red rock area. Continue reading “Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument”

Need Outdoor Gear? When to Buy, Rent, or Steal

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We do one of two things when it comes to buying outdoor gear for our newest sport. We either go all out and buy the most expensive gear, including matching clothes after trying the sport once. Or, we beg, borrow, or buy the cheapest stuff available. Either way, we’re in for some problems. Keep scrolling for how to know when to buy, rent, or steal. 

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