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 winter summit

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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mountain bike riding for weight loss

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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canyoneering rope

How to choose a canyoneering rope

Canyoneering rope – which one should you choose? Canyoneering ropes come in many breeds, colors, and styles – all designed for the rugged canyoneering environment. Some will fit your needs better than others for various reasons. This article will help you pick the right rope to add to your family and will discuss the care …

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Simple natural navigation techniques that will get you home alive

“Complete freedom is not what a trail offers. Quite the opposite; a trail is a tactful reduction of options.” ― Robert Moor, On Trails: An Exploration Natural navigation intimidates many adventurers, but knowing a few basics can mean the difference between an emergency bivouac and a hot shower. Having no compass, map, GPS, or trail signs, doesn’t …

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Learn how to use a compass and map to avoid getting lost in the wild

“I went for a walk in the Arctic Circle without map or compass. Fortunately, I was only lost for hours, not days.” John Burnside This is the second part of a series. Go back and read part 1 if you missed it and you want to hear about my experience being lost. Then go read …

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Learn outdoor navigation skills to avoid losing your way in the wild

“It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.” Dr. Rollo May Learning navigation skills can seem a bit intimidating if you’re used to a well-beaten trail through the sunny warm woods, but if you want to venture off the trail into more remote places or if …

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