My [growing] Collection of Top Utah Hiking Trails

Fall Hikes Near Salt Lake City

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 the most popular hikes or others I’ve discovered […]






What to Expect at the Alta Lodge

Alta Lodge Winter

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 (powder skiing) and invited me to spend the night. […]






Finding strength on Lone Peak

View of Lone Peak From the Ridge - TheActiveExplorer.com

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 mileage and vertical gain. It is an imposing peak, visible from Salt Lake City to Provo. With […]






Hiking Utah’s Mount Olympus (and telling Asthma to stick it)

Summit of Mount Olympus

You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity. ~Walt Schmidt Step pause, step pause, each one just little higher than the last. The trail seemed to have no end of “up” and I was struggling. About that time, and hiker training for a rim-to-rim-to-rim run of the Grand Canyon lapped me for the second […]






An Aerial Valentine: The World’s Most Breath-Taking Locales

Zeppelin Ride

By Chris Oquist – BanyanPilotShop.net While I’m no Anthony Bourdain, I like to think that I’m somewhat well-traveled. This Valentine’s Day, I’m offering up some of the most breath-taking locales I’ve had the pleasure of viewing from the air. Ditch the roses and chocolates, these are the gifts that will be remembered forever. Nazca Desert […]






The OmniGames in three minutes [VIDEO]

Feeling fierce! Photo by David Creech

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. -Vince Lombardi While working on yesterday’s OmniGames post, we quickly found that there just wasn’t a way to fully relay the feel of the games in one post, so we added a video. […]






The OmniGames: Finding common bonds and inspiration in the outdoors

Dog Sled Park City

This post, while mostly written in my voice, was a collaborative effort between Andrew Commander and myself. A middle-aged flight instructor, a student, and a multi-million dollar corporation walk into a bar… What do they have in common? Nope, not a joke, and the student almost couldn’t get in because he was under-age. I’ll leave […]






Red Butte Gardens Loop: A trail and patient friend

Red Butte Gardens Loop Trail 1

I’ve written briefly about this hike in my post, Five great early winter hikes in Salt Lake City, but I didn’t discuss it in depth. I didn’t share how this simple, beautiful, trail has helped me feel and process my emotions. It’s odd to think of a trail as a friend, but I do. I’ve […]