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Why I wear a rock climbing helmet

I know this can be a controversial topic among rock climbers. Wearing a rock climbing helmet flies in the face of the quintessential spirit of rock climbing. No rules, no boundaries, no brakes, and no cares. Why would you try to protect yourself in such a ridiculously crazy sport as rock climbing anyway? While this …

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The Munter Mule for Canyoneering and rappelling

If you’re only going to learn three knots for canyoneering, the munter mule should be one of them. (The other two should be the water knot and the prussik.) What’s the Munter mule? The primary use of the Munter mule in canyoneering is as a contingency anchor. The Munter mule is actually made of two …

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SOCIAL M EDIA wilderness

Are we sharing nature to death? Social media isn’t the problem.

Social media is ruining the wilderness. That’s the claim that many are making. In preparing to write this article, I read dozens of similar articles or posts about how social media has decimated beautiful wilderness locations. I fully agree with many of the points made in these articles, but it’s not that simple. Geotagging your …

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Murray Francis Allen tandem Bike trip to Zion

Salt Lake to Southern Utah Parks and back on a homemade tandem bicycle – an adventure worth remembering

My paternal grandfather, Murray F. Allen, lived a life full of adventure. I learned much of what adventure means through his influence. This post is a story demonstrating his adventurous spirit. In 1941 when he was 19 years old, my grandpa and his friend Lloyd Metcalf decided to build their own tandem bicycle and ride …

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Pfeifferhorn Summit in winter – Trip Report

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. “  – Sir Edmund Hillary Pfeifferhorn (AKA Little Matterhorn) stands tall in the middle of the Wasatch range at 11,331 feet. Remote in the Lone Peak Wilderness, Pfeifferhorn isn’t an easy peak to access and becomes even more difficult in winter. May the fourth be with you! …

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5 reasons why mountain bike riding is the best exercise ever for weight loss

It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels. Heinz Stücke Mountain biking is the best exercise for your weight loss and fitness journey. I know, that’s a bold statement. With all the other fitness fads out there like Crossfit, P90X, running ridiculously long distances, or obstacle races, how can mountain biking be the …

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