Swimming with Sea Turtles in Hawaii

I had always imagined, since the moment we booked the flights to Hawaii, that I’d get the chance swim with a sea turtle. But I thought it was pipe-dream. The odds of finding a sea turtle, let alone swim with one, were slim to none. Even as we gathered our bags from the baggage carousel at the airport, I was holding out hope that all the turtle memorabilia found in the gift shops weren’t going to be the only ones I’d see on the trip. And some times, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on an excursion or …

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Rain | A Bike Touring Adventure [VIDEO]

The White Mountains Bike Tour Story There came a point, some time last year, when I no longer wanted to just read about those epic adventures that I kept seeing all over the internet. But I couldn’t quit my job and just go backpacking in the mountains for a month, or ride my bike across the country. What was I going to do? All I knew was that I wanted to push my limits, both physically and mentally. After throwing around some ideas, that definitely involved a bike, I settled on the most ridiculous thing I could think of at …

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More (Jeep) Adventure Than We Bargained For

Some trips go according to plan, while others are thrown together last-minute and nothing goes right. This is a story about the latter. Our friends, Katie and Saxxon, invited us to go camping with them down in Bountiful Canyon  last weekend. After spending the previous two days packing and hauling everything we owned into our new apartment, this was just the break we needed. So we quickly rummaged though the boxes we had just packed up, grabbed our camping gear, and headed back down to the valley we just moved from. The plan was to meet up with our friends …

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Road Trip Guide to the Big Island of Hawaii

To me, Hawaii has always felt like another country. Sitting there alone, off in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. A tropical paradise, just out of reach from the mainland United States. Which is partly the reason why my girlfriend Court and I chose it as the destination for our most recent trip. And because flying anywhere far from Utah takes forever and can be quite expensive. Nevertheless, we planned to road trip around the entire Big Island of Hawaii, despite the endless news coverage of the erupting volcano and lava flow. And thankfully we did, because this trip was …

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The Pfeifferhorn | Wasatch Mountains

If you couldn’t tell by now, I like to make spontaneous decisions in the hopes that they result in incredible experiences.  Rather than research and map out every detail for a trip, I do the bare minimum so that I’ll be safe. As for the rest, I try not to look at any pictures or trip reports ahead of time so that I can experience it all for myself in person when I get there. And this could have been more apparent when I decided to hike the Pfeifferhorn. It all started when I was reading an article in this …

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Wasatch Crest Trail | Mountain Bike Ride

The Wasatch Crest Trail is one of the most epic trails I’ve ever ridden. A true classic ride in Northern Utah that everyone must do at least once in their life. All of which I did not know prior to riding it. A buddy of mine I had met on a MeetUp ride in Little Cottonwood Canyon asked me if I wanted to shuttle Wasatch Crest one night last week. I said “Sure, sounds like a blast!” But I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Silly me, thought a shuttle ride was just taking a shuttle van …

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Instagram is Ruining the Outdoors | Opinion

This polarizing discussion is not new, yet I am constantly at odds with myself on what side of the argument I’m on. And rather than trying to balance my position somewhere in the middle, today I picked a side. Is Instagram ruining the outdoors? My answer is… No.   Until recent years, the outdoors have always been an exclusive club. It may not seem like it because it’s free and accessible by every person, but it really is. Unless you were raised in a family who spent their weekends hiking or camping, odds are you will never end up in …

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First Camping in the Uinta Mountains

Rarely do spontaneous camping trip plans actually happen. Sure, the idea always gets thrown around after a night of drinking, but we usually never follow through with them. Some how, this past weekend was completely different. After throwing around plans to do a quick, overnight camping trip during the day on Friday, we settled on a night in the Uinta Mountains on Saturday night. Even as Saturday rolled around, we still weren’t sure we’d make it. But wouldn’t you know it, the plans all came together and we met up with 4 of our other friends outside of Kamas to …

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Backpacking & Camping Checklist

There’s nothing worse than after a long day of backpacking into camp, you realize you forgot a stove or fuel to cook your dinner. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten to campsites and realized I forgot everything from a sleeping bag and pad to cooking utensils and food itself. To help make this process easier for you (and me) the next time I head into the backcountry, I made this checklist. Download a PDF Version of this List here:

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5th Water Hotsprings | Utah

When you picture a hot spring that is tucked away in the middle of mountains, the Fifth Water Hot Springs should be exactly what you think of. And if you’re tired of showing up to a hot spring only to realize it’s completely packed and not really that “hot”, then this is definitely the one for you! They are very remote (only accessible by foot), and they are hot (I’m talking 110F in some spots). This drastically differs from hot springs I’ve been to in Utah and in other countries where they turn the geothermal heated pools into spas and …

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