Category: Trip Report

Backpacking the Sunset Trail on Mount Elden

My son and I have been daydreaming about hiking the Sunset Trail on Mount Elden for years, yet each spring, summer, and fall has passed by with not much more than wishful thinking. Well, we finally put action behind those dreams and planned out a simple 12-mile (19 km) overnight backpacking trip to make it happen.…
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Call for Entries: Hammock Adventures and Trip Reports

Inspire Others With Your Trip Reports One of my overall goals with my blog and book have been to highlight and encourage hammock camping. I often receive emails from subscribers who recount their adventures with hammock camping and I find it absolutely inspirational. I would like to publish your stories to inspire and motivate more people to…
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Photo Trip Report: Family Micro Adventure on Cinder Hill

I’ve long been a fan of the S24O trip format; it fits perfectly with my current stage of life: raising a family and lacking time for long-term trips. After an over-programmed summer, I was itching to get out more. I felt inspired by EXPED’s recent “micro adventure,” so with nothing on the calendar until 11 AM…
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Backpacking Heavy is a Pain in the Neck

It’s been two days and my legs are still sore. The bruise on my right big toe is still tender. After returning from a weekend backpacking trip with my Boy Scout troop, I was in pain. My neck and shoulders were stiff and sore. My lower back was tense. My knees were revolting. What had…
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Hammock Camping on Mount Timpanogos

Mount Timpanogos is the second highest peak in the Wasatch Range in northern Utah, and arguably the most popular in the region. The granite mountain dominates the skyline with a 5,269 ft (1,606 m) prominence and a peak elevation of 11,752 ft (3,582 m). While I’ve lived near the mountain while going to school, I’ve never…
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Backpacking the Oak Grove Trail

I was looking for a little diversion while visiting my family in Southern Utah this summer. On a whim, we picked the Oak Grove Trail in the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness, a scenic trail that climbs the East face of Pine Valley Mountain with views into Zion National Park and beyond[1. This trail continues up…
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Backpacking the Sycamore Rim Trail

The Sycamore Rim Trail is a 12.5 mile[1. The official guide lists this as an 11-mile loop, but our GPS device, and our time control plan, agree on the longer distance] (20 km) loop that skirts Sycamore Canyon, the second largest canyon in Arizona, after the Grand Canyon, and is arguably just as stunning and…
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Hammock Camping in the Grand Canyon

It’s official—I can cross another trip off my 2013 bucket list: I completed a backpacking trip into the Grand Canyon, February 27 through March 2. Not only that, but my group and I successfully hammock camped in the canyon, which turned out to be a little tricky in the end. The question you might be…
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