Hiking Bair (Baer) Canyon and Packrafting Smith Creek Lake

Earlier this week I went for a long hike up in the mountains east of Kaysville, Utah. The goal of the hike was to get to one of the Smith Creek Lakes (there are three of them in a chain) and bust out my $16 budget packraft for a quick little paddle. […]

November 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Hiking Ben Lomond and Willard Peak via the Cutler Basin Trail (with Video!)

My goal was to climb Willard Peak, the tallest mountain in Utah’s northern Wasatch Range and the highest point in Weber County. The easiest way up the mountain is to drive up a rough dirt road until you’re about 1000 feet below the summit and then make your way for less than a mile and a half up to the top from there. I wasn’t interested in driving the rough road, so I looked at other options. I decided that the best route would be to climb up Ben Lomond (the mountain about 2 miles south of Willard Peak) and then traverse north to Willard Peak. […]

October 4th, 2016|2 Comments

Hiking Bull Mountain, Highest Point in the Raft River Mountains of NW Utah

If you’re not into climbing county highpoints, it’s pretty unlikely that you’ve ever heard of the Raft River Mountains. I certainly hadn’t before deciding I’d climb the highest point in each of Utah’s 29 counties. The Raft Rivers are an east-west-trending mountain range in the extreme northwest corner of Utah, just a few miles south of the Idaho border. The highest point in the range, which also happens to be the highest point in Box Elder County, is Bull Mountain. You can drive to the top of Bull Mountain if you have a 4WD vehicle (I do), but I figured I might as well hike up the thing. I’d seen the pictures of the beautiful cirque up near the top of the mountain, and it alone seemed worth the hike. […]

September 27th, 2016|3 Comments

An Overnight Ultralight Backpacking Microadventure on Utah’s Lewis Peak


The purpose for this trip was threefold: (1) to go on my first “microadventure,” (2) to climb and spend the night on top of a nearby mountain I was unfamiliar with, and (3) see how light I can get my overnight backpacking kit down to.  […]

July 3rd, 2016|5 Comments

Climbing 3 of the Wasatch 11,000-Foot Peaks in a Day

The plan was to hike up Sugarloaf Peak (11,051 feet/3,368 meters) and Mt. Baldy (11,068 feet/3,374 meters), two 11,000-foot mountains above the ski resort Alta in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. I hadn’t climbed either. It was the end of June, and the road all the way into Albion Basin (the easiest/closest access point for these peaks)   was closed until July 1, so I had to park at Alta and hike in from there. I hiked up the Upper Albion Meadows Trail (1.5 miles) to the Cecret Lake Interpretive Trail (.75 miles), which took me to pretty little Cecret Lake. […]

March 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Photos from an Ascent of Prodigal Sun (V 5.8 C2) on Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park

Angel’s Landing is arguably the best-known landmark in southern Utah’s Zion National Park. It’s a striking mountain with a few dead vertical sides nearly a thousand feet tall. There is a trail that goes up the side, but these pics are from an ascent Lee and I did of the route Prodigal Sun (V 5.8 C2, 900′) back in 2009. I could have sworn that I’d posted these photos here already, but better late than never, right? […]

May 15th, 2014|0 Comments

The First Ascent of Cactus Ridge (5.7, 965′) in Slate Canyon, UT

I did first ascents of several short rock climbs in Slate Canyon, but this was the big one. […]

September 23rd, 2012|0 Comments

Goodbye Utah

After 6 years, it’s time to say goodbye. I’ll be on a plane to Mexico City this time tomorrow. […]

August 30th, 2012|2 Comments

I’m in Climbing Magazine Again

For the second time, I’m in Climbing magazine. […]

August 20th, 2012|2 Comments

The Triple Traverse (Twin Peaks, Sunrise Peak, Dromedary Peak)

This is one of the classic peak enchainments of Utah’s Wasatch Range. […]

July 4th, 2012|4 Comments