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Think you’re leaving no trace? Here’s something you might have missed

When backpacking in alpine environments, or anywhere for that matter, I’m a stickler for following Leave No Trace principles. Let me rephrase that, I’m a pain in the bottom about it. Yet until recently, I didn’t realize I was inadvertently violating … [Read more...]

FlipBelt Hydration Belt Review

  Heaving myself through the living room window, I prayed the neighbors wouldn’t call the police… My keys were laying somewhere in the city park after falling out of a running belt that didn’t have a key clip. Not a successful end to a … [Read more...]

My [growing] Collection of Top Utah Hiking Trails

In this post I share my top Utah hiking trail posts organized by area, season, difficulty and even one for dogs who hike. Most I published on Ski Utah’s blog under my name or as the “Yeti,” their ultra cool mascot. The lists are simple collections of … [Read more...]

Hydrating for Extreme Adventure

Altitude and cold combine to accelerate dehydration. || Image by Shutterstock Updated and revised February 25, 2016 Headaches, nausea, and confusion are wearing you down and you can’t continue. “I have to turn back,” you mumble, calling an end to … [Read more...]

From farm to my table: Sun Basket (really) delivered

Whoa! This is one product review I’d like to volunteer to do over and over. Sun Basket was that good! That it included food delivered to my door…score! Eating healthy is an integral part of a comprehensive fitness plan, yet it is often the most … [Read more...]

Keeping it real: 10 images of Burning Man 2015

At Burning Man dance beats can be heard 24/7 in the dusty distance. We rode up on this gathering around 9:00am. It was a mix of dancers, artists and families hanging out near a “mutant vehicle” shaped like a dragon. Nikon D7000 28mm … [Read more...]

Why it took 13.1 miles to believe I’m a runner

I’m a runner. There, I said it. I wouldn’t believe it until I ran a half-marathon, but now I can’t deny it. I didn’t run just any half, I ran the North Face Endurance Challenge Series, one of the toughest out there…a trail run, beginning at 6,900 … [Read more...]

Why it took 13.1 miles to believe I’m a runner

I’m a runner. There, I said it. I wouldn’t believe it until I ran a half-marathon, but now I can’t deny it. I didn’t run just any half, I ran the North Face Endurance Challenge Series, one of the toughest out there…a trail run, beginning at 6,900 … [Read more...]

A menu for adventure: Staying active and well fed

  On a long hike I’ll sometimes pack a pot and stove for hot meals. I like to eat. This mostly has to do with my active lifestyle; I burn calories fast when I’m running, climbing, or paddling. Because I’m on the go constantly, I have to … [Read more...]

What to Expect at the Alta Lodge

I’m always on the prowl for hangouts with local flavor. Even though Steve and I ski at Alta most of the winter, I had yet to visit a single business other than the on mountain cafes. Finally a few folks got wise to my single-minded visits … [Read more...]

Using photography to share and inspire

Through a mix of wide shots for context and close-ups to highlight details, Erika Wiggins, aka “The Active Explorer”, incorporates visual storytelling in all of her articles. Photo by Erika Wiggins. I was deeply honored to be featured on … [Read more...]

Columbia Sportswear Men’s Loch Lomond Omni-Dry® Waterproof Jacket

My last two waterproof shells were not good long-term investments. Both were from popular and otherwise reputable brands. Both were sold as technical outdoor shells. Both cost a lot. One leaked at the seams right from the start. Not sure what the … [Read more...]

Sun Dog: A moving and inspiring ski film (VIDEO)

Sun Dog, a short film produced by DPS Cinematic, is easily the best short bit of adventure cinema I’ve seen in an exceptionally long time. It had me all misty eyed at the premiere and I’ve watched twice since. Now that it has been publicly released, … [Read more...]

Sun Dog: A moving and inspiring ski film (VIDEO)

Sun Dog, a short film produced by DPS Cinematic, is easily the best short bit of adventure cinema I’ve seen in an exceptionally long time. It had me all misty eyed at the premiere and I’ve watched twice since. Now that it has been publicly released, … [Read more...]

Finding strength on Lone Peak

The first mile… Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses. - Marilyn vos Savant Utah’s Lone Peak tops at out 11,263’ and is considered the most difficult 11,000+ peak in the Wasatch Rage due to the … [Read more...]

Finding strength on Lone Peak

The first mile… Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses. - Marilyn vos Savant Utah’s Lone Peak tops at out 11,263’ and is considered the most difficult 11,000+ peak in the Wasatch Rage due to the … [Read more...]

30 facts about my life, mistakes, and triumphs

Fact 31…I couldn’t quite bring myself to kiss a camel. Warning: This is a personal post, if you’re not into that kind of stuff, pick one of my adventure inspired posts to read instead, I won’t be offended. “It takes courage to grow … [Read more...]

30 facts about my life, mistakes, and triumphs

Fact 31…I couldn’t quite bring myself to kiss a camel. Warning: This is a personal post, if you’re not into that kind of stuff, pick one of my adventure inspired posts to read instead, I won’t be offended. “It takes courage to grow … [Read more...]

14 ski resort events delivering holiday cheer

  Here is a fun piece I wrote for Liftopia.com on holiday events. ~ Enjoy! ‘Tis the season for skiing powder! Oh, and the holidays are upon us as well. I’d rather bury my head in the snow than deal with shopping and, luckily, there are some … [Read more...]

14 ski resort events delivering holiday cheer

  Here is a fun piece I wrote for Liftopia.com on holiday events. ~ Enjoy! ‘Tis the season for skiing powder! Oh, and the holidays are upon us as well. I’d rather bury my head in the snow than deal with shopping and, luckily, there are some … [Read more...]

What’s in my pack: A seriously rugged camera

Filming in the Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan, with Columbia Sportswear I play hard, get dirty, wet, and spend full days outside in below freezing temps – usually with a camera in hand. Photography is an important part of my life, but I have no patience for … [Read more...]

What’s in my pack: A seriously rugged camera

Filming in the Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan, with Columbia Sportswear I play hard, get dirty, wet, and spend full days outside in below freezing temps – usually with a camera in hand. Photography is an important part of my life, but I have no patience for … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Overcome Fear On The Slopes

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~ Nelson Mandela Fear is no fun. And learning to ski or ride for the first time, or leveling up to new a challenge, can bring it up. It doesn’t matter that a run is an … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Overcome Fear On The Slopes

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~ Nelson Mandela Fear is no fun. And learning to ski or ride for the first time, or leveling up to new a challenge, can bring it up. It doesn’t matter that a run is an … [Read more...]