An awesome side product of this site has been meeting people from around the world with a shared passion for southern Utah. Over the years I’ve chatted with numerous hikers and helped brainstorm ideal routes for them based on their experience and desires. One such person I chatted with extensively was Mike Plaiss from the Chicago area who was planning his first major Utah adventure. His goal was a 10-day thru-hike navigating some tough terrain in Capitol Reef and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in the fall of 2016. He’d hiked in Utah before, but nothing of this magnitude, so it was a pretty ambitious plan. We chatted about routes, water availability, gear, and more. The trip didn’t completely go as he had hoped, but it was still quite the success. It’s apparent that Mike knows one of the most important rules of long-distance hiking: Have a great plan, and know when (and how) to deviate from that plan if necessary. Good job, Mike!
Mike recently finished a video of his adventure. Check it out here: