Posts By: Jake G

  • Canyons & Deserts, Hiking & Backpacking

    Peek A Boo & Spooky Slot Canyons

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    Wedged between steep walls, my backpack scraped with every turn. Pieces of sand lightly skittered down the sandstone walls and fell to the ground, joining millions of particles that had preceded. My every movement contributed to the erosion that had been going on here long before I entered.

  • Canyons & Deserts, Hiking & Backpacking, National Parks

    The Desert Oasis of Capitol Reef

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    The least visited of the Mighty Five National Parks in Utah, Capitol Reef is mostly overlooked. Nearly everyone flies by, racing down I-70 towards the stunning hoodoos of Bryce Canyon and the traffic jams in Zion. In doing so, we’ve all missed out on a true desert oasis. I was determined see if Capitol Reef could hold its own against Utah’s other great parks.

  • Hiking & Backpacking, National Parks, Peaks & Mountains

    Aspen Area & The Black Canyon

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    After our successful 14er attempts, we headed West to Aspen where we spent a rainy morning watching the latest Game of Thrones episode in a coffee shop. When the rain had somewhat subsided, we drove into the Maroons Bells Wilderness, strapped on the backpacks, and headed up the trail with plans to complete the famous… Read more »

  • Hiking & Backpacking, Peaks & Mountains

    Spring Fourteeners

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    With our time in Colorado fast coming to an end, Glenna and I decided we better get out and explore the state before leaving. We had so far put off any foray into the mountains because of the heavy amounts of snow the late Spring had brought. With an extended weekend for Memorial Day, we… Read more »

  • Peaks & Mountains, Sports

    Colorado’s Best Nordic Skiing

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    Colorado is absolutely loaded when it comes to winter fun. From downhill skiing at world-famous resorts like Aspen, Vail, & Breckenridge, to dog sledding, snowmobiling, and everything in between. It is a true winter wonderland! One of my favorite winter activities has always been nordic skiing. There is no shortage of places for nordic skiing… Read more »

  • Canyons & Deserts, Hiking & Backpacking, National Parks

    Adventures in Moab

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    The little town of Moab has a surprisingly long and interesting history. Since its settlement in 1878, the town has often been at the center of conflicting interests and played a part in many of America’s pivotal moments. Even its name, which refers to a Biblical location in present day Jordan, was petitioned several times… Read more »

  • City Travel, International

    The Yucatán Peninsula

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    Forty years ago, Cancún was an untouched spit of land off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Land that now supports high-end resorts and the nightlife of the world-famous Hotel Zone was nothing but marsh, jungle, and untouched sand. A total of 3 people lived in the area,  caretakers of a coconut plantation. Almost uninhabited,… Read more »

  • City Travel, International

    The Sounds of Austria

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    We waved goodbye to the Matterhorn, and boarded a train out of the Zermatt valley. Switching trains twice along the way, we drank wine and read as the beautiful countryside of Switzerland whizzed by. I reflected on the grandeur of our hike and wished it was not yet over. If only our pocketbooks could have… Read more »

  • Hiking & Backpacking, International, Peaks & Mountains

    The Walker’s Haute Route: The Final Chapter

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    Read the first Part of the Walker’s Haute Route HERE & Chapter Two HERE Day 8: Zinal-Gruben    9 miles “On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” -Jules Renard In the morning, we left the unknown creature and the pretty town of Zinal behind. Once again, we climbed above the valley,… Read more »

  • Hiking & Backpacking, International, Peaks & Mountains

    The Walker’s Haute Route: Part Two

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    Read the first part of the Walker’s Haute Route Here! Day 4: Cabane du Mont Fort-Cabane Prafleuri     9 miles  “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” – Edward Abbey  It was hard to part from the wool blankets in the… Read more »