The Grand Enchantment Trail – Sandia Crest & La Luz

For me, travel has always meant the opportunity to explore, even when outdoor adventure wasn't the reason you hit the road or flew across the country in the first place.  So yet again, my travels brought me to a new place, with new trails to try. This time it was in the Sandia Mountains just … Continue reading The Grand Enchantment Trail – Sandia Crest & La Luz

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Video: Mount Rainier, Disappointment Cleaver Route

In July, I was able to embark on my first mountaineering expedition on Mount Rainier as part of REI's Climb For A Cause. Mount Rainier is a volcano in Washington's Cascade Range rising up to 14,411 ft. Our team of 8 REI employees and 4 guides from Alpine Ascents International climbed the Disappointment Cleaver Route … Continue reading Video: Mount Rainier, Disappointment Cleaver Route

Backpacking West Rim Trail [Day 2] with Angels Landing & The Virgin River – Zion National Park

High on the West Rim, the winds came in waves all night long, pushing through the canyons and up and over the walls. I slept peacefully, but awoke to my first task of the day: gathering up yesterday's sweaty clothes which were blown off branches and scattered about on cacti. Cold, windy mornings in the southwest always make … Continue reading Backpacking West Rim Trail [Day 2] with Angels Landing & The Virgin River – Zion National Park

Backpacking West Rim Trail [Day 1] – Zion National Park

Our second day in Zion brought us back to the main canyon, but already hiking nearly 8 miles that morning meant we first needed a significant lunch. One thing I can tell you about the small town of Springdale at the entrance to Zion National Park's Zion Canyon is that they have overpriced fish tacos. … Continue reading Backpacking West Rim Trail [Day 1] – Zion National Park

Kolob Canyon & La Verkin Creek Trail – Zion National Park

If you are combining a trip at the Grand Canyon to Zion, you're in for a wonderful drive. We left a brisk morning at the Grand Canyon and were treated to warm sun, blue skies, open roads, and the tremendous colors of the Vermillion Cliffs. Since we were heading to the less visited Kolob Canyon District on … Continue reading Kolob Canyon & La Verkin Creek Trail – Zion National Park

Grand Canyon National Park – Mather Point, Grandview Point, Desert View

In recent times, I've been called an opportunist. When I was first told this, I was a bit embarrassed because for me, "opportunist" draws to mind negative connotations associated with freeloaders, users and abusers, and those that take advantage of others. At the time, I was away for the week for an annual staff retreat … Continue reading Grand Canyon National Park – Mather Point, Grandview Point, Desert View