I don’t think I’m alone in saying… 2020 has been a strange year! After skipping my traditional big spring hike in Utah and being much more sedentary than usual due to the pandemic, I set out at the beginning of July for a 9-day hike in the Sierras. Thanks to… Continue reading
2020 Update: each section below is now clickable leading to its daily journal, photo gallery, and video! In spring 2018 I hiked 726.5 miles over 44 days from Zion to Arches. It was a great hike and I accomplished most of what I set out to do. Similar to the… Continue reading
I procrastinated putting together this trip report because the process actually bummed me out somewhat. It’s now been TWO years in a row that my spring trip hasn’t gone as planned. 🙁 That makes me question… Am I getting too old for this? Am I losing the passion? Am I… Continue reading
Spring 2016 definitely didn’t turn out like I imagined. After months of planning, I scrapped my “Bryce to Canyonlands” itinerary due to a lingering ankle injury as well as schedule complications. Then more logistical conflicts doomed plan B as well. After Plan C seemed less than ideal, I ended up… Continue reading
The final six days of my 20-day hike from Zion to Capitol Reef.
Awoke to a sunny day and shortly set out across the slickrock on a beeline towards Chimney Rock… Continue reading
Week TWO of my 20-day hike from Zion to Capitol Reef.
If not for the crazy colorful hills along this stretch of the Paria… Continue reading
In late April I set out on my latest long-distance hike in southern Utah. The goal this time out was to hike from Zion National Park to Capitol Reef National Park. The start and end points would be similar to my “Grand Staircase” hike in 2006, but the new route… Continue reading
This is a throwback report for my 3-day trip to Death Hollow in November 2008. Death Hollow had long been a destination on my TODO list. For some reason or another it never managed to make the itinerary despite my passing the area on countless occasions. With a short break… Continue reading
In mid-May I set out on my second loop hike in southern Utah in 2014. Yep, that means… no extended thru-hike this spring. 🙁 The goal this time was to explore Escalante’s “Lower East Side” including the Moody Canyons and the southern portion of the Waterpocket Fold. FYI: a Hi-res… Continue reading
I’d planned an early-March trip to hike several spots I wanted to explore near Zion and St. George. But, with a very favorable forecast, I decided to ‘upgrade’ the plan and link several spots to do a longer LOOP backpack. Veteran Zion hikers know about the “Trans-Zion” route which stretches… Continue reading