Author: Charles

Photos from Hike to Delicate Arch

I had to attend a high school mountain bike race in Moab on September 22nd in my position as an assistant coach. I took my daughter with on Friday, the 21st, and we had a day to kill waiting for the rest of the family to arrive. Mom was already there as a Utah League Crew Member, setting up the staging (starting line) and we stopped by to deliver some of her things and check in with her after our 3+ hour drive from Salt Lake City. It was a little early to check into our motel, so we planned a hike.

We headed into the National Park and used our annual pass. It’s a heck of a deal if you go to even three parks in a year. We parked in the lot for the Delicate Arch trailhead and took off up the trail. My daughter is a pretty strong hiker for her age, having hit the summit of several area peaks as well as a winter ascent of a Colorado Fourteener. We crested the rim of the bowl in a little over 30 minutes. It was really pretty. Well worth the hike.

After hanging out for a few minutes for photos we took off down the trail. The descent took right at 30 minutes. Pretty cool.

Note that we’ve done this hike a few times before with slower groups, and knew the trail well. We also had a lot of water. I had 3 liters in my pack, and my daughter 1.5. There was a ranger at the entrance to the trail checking for water. It was hot. Several people were huddled in the shade needing to slow down.

Just a warning. If you are not acclimated to hiking in the hot sun in the blazing desert, go slow, stay cool, and drink up. Oh, and use a lot of quality sunscreen. Don’t forget your face and lips.

We then went to check in and play in the pool.

Hot Weather Fluid Replacement

While riding with the Lone Peak High School Mountain Bike Team this morning (July 7) we ran into a hydration and nutrition problem. It was super hot and just a little humid for early July in Utah. We had Ride Leaders (adult coaching volunteers) and Junior Athletes (high school competitors) who had bonking issues, minor heat issues, and just plain wearing out from hard riding in the heat. We did our best to keep them drinking, drinking, drinking, but sometimes it’s not quite enough.

A little bit of electrolyte and sugar helps with the bonking and assists in providing the energy you need to finish that ride in good style. Please avoid heavy doses of caffeine, especially if they’re concentrated. Those little one ounce containers with enough caffeine in them to keep you awake for the whole day? Caffeine is dehydrating. You’d have to drink over a full liter of plain water, maybe two, to make up for the water lost in processing that much caffeine in one shot. Just don’t do it.

Also, NICA has a stance on chemical assisted training and racing. Here are two selections from the NICA Manual:

NICA Caffeine Restrictrions NICA Caffeine Restrictions

For those parents and student athletes who are needing a starting place for how to select an appropriate supplement to their regular hydration, we’ve compiled this quick set of links for some of our own favorites, some we’ve encountered at various charity runs, and some that our triathlete friends recommend.

It’s by no means a complete list, but is a good starting point. It’s from Amazon because it’s super easy to make lists like this, but you can get these at local running and cycling shops, and even Walmart and Smith’s if you dig around.

Adult Athletes: if we missed your favorites, let us know and we’d be happy to add them. Enjoy, and train smart.

Dynamic Stretching Sample

Would you like a sneak peak at the dynamic stretching sequence as specified in one of the most popular hiking and outdoor fitness books published on Amazon today? Here’s a brief look at this exercise from the foundation of the Hikercize Program. When we first created the program and set it out for our beta testers, there was a bit of confusion. Some people liked yoga or tai chi. Some people liked static stretching. I felt like dynamic stretching might be a better alternative for hiking fitness. It’s something you could do in about 10 minutes at the trailhead. You could even do it again on the summit before you return to the parking lot.

Can you imagine your dynamic stretching selfies?

Snowshoeing in a Snowstorm

Snowshoeing in a Snowstorm

Planned on a trail run up American Fork Canyon [Jan 21] but overnight there were about 8″ of new snow in the valley and up to 3′ in the mountains. The surface was really loose and I sank in up to mid-shin so I switched to snowshoes and heavier boots.

I ended up going quite a bit slower than anticipated, but since I had two hours free I just went uphill about an hour and then turned around. I split the time evenly because I couldn’t really plan on going any faster downhill. It seems that with regular sized snowshoes (I was using a pair of backpacking snowshoes, so they are bigger for extra flotation with a heavy pack) a fit person can go uphill about as fast as downhill.

If you have never been on snowshoes before it takes only a few minutes to figure things out and it’s all good fun.

I got in about 2.5 miles with a few hundred feet of elevation gain, and felt really blessed to have gotten to see so much pretty scenery.

On the way home I helped dig out some boy scout groups that had slid off the road, and even used my SUV to pull a mini-van out of the ditch. Right place at the right time.


Hiking to Silver Lake with the Boy Scouts

Hiking to Silver Lake with the Boy Scouts

One of my favorite opportunities to provide service to my community is to work with my local Boy Scout Troop. I’m always happy to go out on hikes, backpacking and camping?with them. My 15 year old son is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. My 12 year old is working his way up through the ranks. I have lots of opportunities to serve.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go up with 9 boys and 2 other adults to Silver Lake. It’s 2.2 miles and 1300′ above Silver Lake Reservoir. We camped for the night near the shore of the lake. Fish were hitting the surface but none were caught. It was a beautiful night and I slept quite well after my very long day. I’ll tell you more about that in another article.

The next morning we got up and had a leisurely breakfast. We broke down camp, stowed our backpacks, then took off for the upper lake. It was a steep and rocky trail most of the way about .9 miles and 900′ of elevation gain. The last quarter mile was on snow and the lake was frozen over. The boys played on the ice for a while then we returned to camp. We had lunch at the lake and descended the 2 miles back to the trailhead and cars.

Everyone had a really great time and I highly recommend working with youth as an amazingly satisfying opportunity to give back to the community and help develop future outdoor recreation participants. Let me know in a comment below if you are ready to help your community.

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Quick stormy hike to Silver Lake

Quick stormy hike to Silver Lake

Next week our local Boy Scout group is heading up to Silver Lake, and there is still quite a bit of snow that high so I thought I would run up quick the weekend before to check it out myself. I’ll most likely be going with on the back packing overnight so it’s also good to check out what the trail might look like if we get to running a little bit late and hike in the dusk.

It was overall a really good hike lots of fun 12 and a half mile round trip from where I parked down at Tibble Fork Reservoir. There was one sketchy creek crossing where the snow melt run off was really deep and cold. At the lake itself the far edge has snow coming all the way down to the water (see pic below) but there were plenty of places to camp.

On the way down there was thunder and lightning on the surrounding hills and it started pouring rain by the buckets. I had a rain jacket with me but it was warm enough I chose to just wait till I got to the car.

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Where You Can Buy Your Hiking Gear and Supplies From

Where You Can Buy Your Hiking Gear and Supplies From

The Whittaker Mountaineering Store in Ashford Washington, one of my favorites
The Whittaker Mountaineering Store in Ashford Washington, one of my favorites

Are you interested in going on a hiking trip? Whether you want your hiking trip to last one day or last as long as one week, you will need to bring along multiple pieces of hiking gear and other hiking supplies. If this is your first time buying gear and other supplies to take with you on a hiking trip, you may be unsure as to where you can make your purchase or purchases from.

Hiking gear is a phrase that is regularly used to describe pieces of equipment or items that are important to hiking. Hiking gear is regularly known to make hiking easier and safer. If you are in need of hiking gear, like hiking boots or a hiking stick, you may want to think about visiting one of your local sports stores. Sports stores are one of the best places to buy hiking gear from. Depending on the size of your local sports store, your local sports store may have a whole hiking department, which will likely be filled with multiple pieces of hiking gear.

In addition to visiting one of your local sports store, you should also be able to purchase hiking gear from one of your local department stores. Department stores are nice as they often carry a large selection of products. If you are looking to not only buy hiking gear, but other hiking supplies, like extra clothing or snacks for your trip, you may want to visit one of your local department stores. Department stores are not only known for their convenience, but they are also known for their affordable prices.

In addition to traditional department stores and sports stores, you may also want to examine online department stores and online sports stores. These online retailers often have a large selection of hiking gear for you to buy. In fact, the selection that you will find online will likely be larger than the selection in your local stores. Online shopping is nice, as it is convenient. For example, with online shopping, you can shop for hiking gear at three in the morning, while in your pajamas.

You may also be able to find a large selection of hiking gear, as well as other hiking supplies, like clothes, at specialty hiking stores. While some of these stores do exist locally, it is often a lot easier to find a specialty hiking stores online. Specialty hiking stores are a great way to find and buy hiking gear, as specialty hiking stores focus solely on hiking. Many specialty hiking stores also handpick their merchandise, ensuring that it is really top of the line.

Although most hikers prefer to have brand new hiking gear, you may also want to take the time to examine pre-owned hiking gear. Pre-owned hiking gear is great if this is your first time going hiking and if you are unsure as to whether or not it is something that you would like to do again. Pre-owned hiking gear is also ideal if you are looking to plan a hiking adventure while on a budget. If you would like to buy pre-owned hiking gear or at least examine some of the gear available for sale, you may want to check out online auction websites, thrift stores, and yard sales. Pre-owned hiking gear can sometimes be difficult to come across, but, when you do come across it, you will likely be more than pleased with the money that you can save.

Before you start buying your hiking gear, you may want to make a hiking gear checklist for yourself. A hiking gear checklist will help to ensure that you bring everything with you on your next hiking trip. When making your hiking gear checklist, you may want to walk yourself through your hiking trip and see what you will need. For instance, when you see yourself eating, what would you like to eat and so forth.

As outlined above, you have a number of different options, when it comes to buying hiking gear. As a reminder, for the largest selection of hiking gear, you may want to think about shopping online.

Why You Should Plan Your Next Hiking Adventure in Advance

Why You Should Plan Your Next Hiking Adventure in Advance

Cooking in the hut, Illiniza Norte in Ecuador
Cooking in the hut, Illiniza Norte in Ecuador

Are you interested in taking a hiking adventure? Whether you want your next hiking adventure to only last a few hours or last as long as a few days, you may want to start thinking about planning your next hiking adventure in advance.

Although it is nice to hear that you should plan your next hiking adventure in advance, you may be interested in wondering why that is so. As it was previously mentioned, a large number of individuals turn a traditional hiking adventure into a full-fledged vacation. If you would like to camp overnight at the hiking park in question, it is important that you make your reservations in advance. During the summer months, you will find that camping and hiking are popular activities; therefore, many hiking parks quickly fill up with camping reservations.

As for the actual hiking part, planning your next hiking adventure in advance will give you the time to research and choose from a number of different hiking trails. Unfortunately, a large number of hikers, especially first time hikers, make the mistake of going with the first hiking trail or hiking park that they come across. While this is more than possible to do, do you know that you likely have a number of different options? No matter where you live, you likely have a number of hiking parks or hiking trails to choose from, often within a reasonable distance away from your home.

Once you have selected a hiking trail to hike or a hiking park to visit, you will want to take the time to familiarize yourself with the park or trail in question. This is nice because you can learn more about the territory that you will be hiking. In addition to examining the difficulty level or estimating the amount of time that you would spend hiking, you may also want to think about familiarizing yourself with the security of the park or trial in question. This information is always nice to know, especially in the event of an emergency

Another one of the many reasons why you should think about planning your hiking vacation in advance is because it will be easier to prepare for your trip. When you go hiking, whether you only go for a day or a whole week, you need to bring numerous pieces of hiking gear with you. For instance, to stay safe on a hiking adventure, you will want to make sure that you wear hiking boots, as well as other hiking appropriate clothing. Making your hiking adventure plans in advance will give you the opportunity to create a hiking gear and supplies checklist for yourself. A checklist will help to ensure that you bring everything that you need to bring with you, as well as everything that you want to bring.

In addition, the earlier that you plan your hiking adventure the more time you will have to prepare an itinerary for yourself. For instance, are you planning on camping onsite or would you like to travel to a nearby hotel or resort? An itinerary not only serves as a guide for you, but it is also something that can help to keep you safe. What you will want to do is give a copy of your itinerary to some of your friends and family members. In the event that something goes wrong on your next hiking adventure, your friends and family members may know where to find you.

Unless your decision to go on a hiking adventure is a last minute one, you will want to try and plan your trip in advance. Those who take the time to fully plan for and prepare for their hiking adventures are more likely to enjoy themselves.

What to Consider Before Planning a Hiking Adventure

What to Consider Before Planning a Hiking Adventure

Light reading on the plane - the training manual for glacier mountaineering
Light reading on the plane – the training manual for glacier mountaineering

Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to spend a day off that you have or even a whole weekend that you may have free? If you are, have you ever thought about going on a hiking adventure? If you are like many other Americans, there is a good chance that the thought has at least crossed your mind before. Hiking is not only fun and exciting, but, for many, it is also a great way to relax.

If you are interested in going on a hiking adventure, you may want to get started with the planning right away. While it is more than possible to do so, there are a number of important factors that you may first want to take into consideration. These factors, which are outlined below, may help make planning your next hiking adventure easier and they may also make your adventure, when it comes, much more memorable.

One of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, before planning a hiking adventure, is your health. Although hiking can be a fun and exciting activity to participate in, it can also be strenuous. If you are planning on going hiking, it is advised that you go hiking on a trail that is designed for beginners, unless you receive clearance from your physician. Most individuals are able to go hiking without experiencing any health problems, but you don?t really want to take that chance; do you?

Something else that you may want to take into consideration, when planning a hiking adventure for yourself is the length of your hike. How long would you like to go hiking for? While a large number of individuals choose to go hiking just for a day, there are many more who take extended hiking trips. What is nice is that many hiking trials and hiking parks in the United States have onsite campgrounds. This means that you could turn your hiking adventure into a camping one as well, if you wanted to do so.

Location is another factor that you may want to take into consideration, when looking to plan a hiking adventure. In the United States, you will find that a large number of cities and towns, both large and small in size, have numerous hiking trails to choose from. Before you start planning your next hiking adventure, you may want to examine where you would like to hike. If you are interested in hiking at a park that is located a ways away from your home, you may need to make additional travel arrangements.

Cost is another factor that you may want to take into consideration, when looking to plan your next hiking adventure. In the United States, you will find that you will be charged a small admission fee to go hiking. While this admission fee is almost always reasonable, it is important to determine whether or not you can afford the cost of it. The length of your hiking adventure and if you plan on camping onsite may play an important role in the cost of your next hiking adventure.

The above mentioned points are ones that you will want to think about, when planning your next hiking adventure. By taking the above mentioned points into consideration you will not only have a good time, but you will make sure that you stay healthy and safe as well.