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Hike of the Week: Navajo Knobs

I’m resurrecting the Hike of the Week posts. I will *try* to get one up every week…that will be a good challenge. Heh!

Let’s start off with one of the harder but more rewarding destinations in Capitol Reef–the Navajo Knobs. So called because a) they’re in the Navajo sandstone layer and b) they look like giant knobs, the Knobs are a 9.3-mile round trip hike with a 2,400-foot elevation gain. Yes, yikes. Trust me, though, it’s well worth it at the end! Bonus: if you go all the way to the Knobs, you’ll have actually done two hikes, since you pass Rim Overlook on the way.

How to do this hike:

1. Park at the Hickman Bridge trailhead and start uphill.

fall color at trail's start

2. When the trail splits (signed), head north (right) to get on the Knobs trail.

3. Go up. And up. Then up some more. Take breaks, breathe, enjoy the views when you have them.

the trail and the views

4. The hike consists of meandering switchbacks that provide blessed flat stretches, and long uphill climbs, mostly over sheer rock. (No, you aren’t in danger of falling off a cliff.) Just motor on!

5. Pull over at the signed Rim Overlook and take a gander (and breather) at the views. Then push on.

looking down at Fruita orchards from Rim Overlook

6. When you reach the actual knobs, the trail will wind up below (south) and then behind (east) them. To achieve the actual pinnacle involves some scrambling, which may be too much for the heights-averse. But if you do, the 360-degree views should astound.

looking north from the Knobs

You can see east to the Henry Mountains (and even to the Abajos if it’s clear enough), southwest to Boulder Mountain, northwest to Thousand Lake Mountain, and everywhere else. The horizon seems limitless, and the scope of Capitol Reef’s rugged beauty extensive.

7. Return the same way.

Endless views on the trail. Henry Mtns. in background

Tips on doing this hike:

1. If you think your knees will protest, hiking poles may be helpful.

2. Late fall, winter, and early spring are ideal times to hike the Knobs. The trail is exposed most of the way, meaning it can be unbearably hot in the summer while providing welcome sunshine in the cooler months.

rugged Capitol Reef country northeast of the Knobs

3. No go if storms threaten! You’re too exposed to lightning danger.

4. If you decide to add in the Hickman Bridge trail, tack on another 1.6 miles to your hike.

Random facts about this hike:

1. Along the way you’ll encounter plenty of black boulders that seem to be air-pocked. These are volcanic rocks (andesite basalt), remnants of Boulder Mountain’s days as an active volcano.

volcanic rock

2. Just barely up the trail from its start, there is a small offshoot with a sign that faces you south. You’ll be looking at Pectol’s Pyramid, named after local Torrey resident Ephraim P. Pectol. Pectol had a dream, and Capitol Reef is a partial result of his vision.

 

Pectol's Pyramid from a high up vantage point

 

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Photo of the Week: Cohab Canyon

This photo of riotous color is from a hike I did in Cohab Canyon, located in the always stunning Capitol Reef, with friends at the very beginning of October. October just became my new favorite month here. I adore the colors, the crisp air, and the lingering warmth in the days. Ahhh…. (I try to ignore the fact that it heralds the approach of winter.)

Cohab Canyon is a relatively easy trail, but accessing it requires some uphill hiking that might tax some. If you have iffy knees, think carefully before tackling this one. I like to start on the Fruita side–the trailhead is well-marked along the Scenic Drive, immediately south of the large barn right by the Gifford House. The switchbacks here offer great views all the way.

When you get into the canyon itself, the rock formations are bedazzling to  the eye, as are their colors. Tangerine, cream, gold, tan, brick red, and more…it’s a photographer’s paradise, especially on a bluebird day. I was pretty thrilled on this day because the lighting conditions and flower display were about perfect.

This trail meets up with the Frying Pan Trail, which leads to Cassidy Arch. You’ll be backtracking unless you have a car drop at the Grand Wash parking area, or alternatively at the other Cohab Canyon trailhead on Highway 24, just across from the popular Hickman Bridge trailhead.

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10 Things Your Outdoor Guide Will Never Tell You

You’re heading out into the wilderness. You’ve hired a guide to show you the sights–you know, a local, a trained professional. Someone who knows all the ins and outs of your chosen destination. Your guide is cool and is gonna reveal all the best secret spots while taking care of your every need along the way. Right?

Sure. Probably. Most times, absolutely. But guides are only human too. With all the foibles, flaws, and bad days that every human can have. You know, those times you just grit your teeth and plow on through it all.

So here’s the truth of it: Ten Things Your Guide Will Never, Ever Tell You. What follows is a bit tongue-in-cheek…yet, sadly enough, elements of reality are sprinkled through each point.

10) This particular stop on the tour is not the coolest place around here. In fact, locals usually avoid it because it’s a bit touristy. But since you are the tourist and you don’t know better, and it’s still kind of a pretty neat place, your guide might include it. But honestly, your guide is just not gonna show you the super best secret spots. Because, you know, those places should remain secret. Unless you are the coolest clients on the planet, and a good tip might also hinge on showing you the best stuff. Then…maybe.

I might show you where this is…maybe

9) I’ve heard this same question/joke at least 10,000 times before. However, you won’t know that, since I’m going to answer nicely and laugh at that darn joke again. For the 10,0001st time. All with a smile firmly pasted to my face. Even if I’m screaming inside and rolling my eyes when you can’t see me. Which I sometimes do.

8 ) Your kids are really annoying. Yeah, there’s nothing much to add to this one. Even if I like kids (which I actually do), your kids just aren’t angels all the time.

7) You are really annoying. See #8.

6) I have no idea what that rock formation/bird/flower/type of lizard is. But I might make something up on the fly. Because telling tall tales & making stuff up is sometimes a job requirement when guiding. So that’s why I’ll call it a Cretaceous Blue-Rimmed Phalanges layer/Red-tailed Hawk (standard answer for any bird I can’t identify other than that it’s a raptor)/Upland Desert Lacy-Edged Sunflower/Swift-Darting Mountain Green-Bellied Lizard. Because you’re going to believe me no matter what. (Unless you’re a geologist/ornithologist/botanist/lizard expert, of course. Then, I’m going to shut my mouth, hopefully before I’ve stuck my foot in it, and pump you for information instead.)

Common Prickly Pear Cactus (really)

5) I can’t freaking stand this particular trail anymore. Why? Because I hike/ride/float/drive it approximately 29 times a week with multitudes of guests. Same bends in the trail, same questions asked, same damn gorgeous scenery every day. But you know…smile on the face and all that. Tomorrow’s another day, with perhaps a different trail. Even better, a more positive attitude.

4) The gas tank is below E, and the nearest possible gas station is at least 40 miles away. Over rough dirt roads. This is when I start telling lots of manic jokes, my laughter gets screechy, or I shut down completely and let you entertain yourselves. (Which could be a cover-up for both fervent prayer to whatever deity I believe in as well as silent curses at the boss who said, Of course you can make it all the way to End-of-the-Road-Forever-and-Ever Point on one tank of gas!)

3) I’m doing this for the tips, yo. Fork it over. Okay. If you’re lucky enough to be an outdoor guide, then the daily commute (trail), views (spectacular), and staff meetings (hello, amazing wildlife) are basically payment enough. And of course guides get an actual paycheck. But let me tell you, we ain’t paid all that much. Why? Well, partially because it’s expected that the guests will be tipping. Should you tip if the service is terrible, your guide rude, the food burned and full of sand, etc. etc.? Perhaps not, although I will leave that up to your conscience. But let me point out that a good guide knows her/his stuff: the area back roads, fascinating local lore, geology, flora, fauna, best times of day for light or to see wild critters, actively seeks out new & interesting information to share with clients, and most of all (bonus!) is trained in how to save your sorry self if the poop hits the fan (the stuff of which guide nightmares is made of, by the way). So do I love my job? Yes. Do I also work for tips? You bet I do.

Lotta clients = lotta work. Tip, please!

2) I’ve never been here before. No, really. Happens all the time. What, you thought the topo maps were just for show? Seriously, I’ve guided people on trails/tours I’ve never before seen in my life. And usually they a) had no idea, b) loved it, and c) made plans to come back again next year for a new adventure. Even so, sometimes this situation can lead to the number 1 thing your wilderness guide will never tell you:

1) Um…I’m sort of lost. Not really, of course. I know what state we’re in, and the general area. But, yeah. Could happen. Semi-lost guide’s inner stream-of-consciousness: Which turn ahead exactly am I supposed to make? Where is that damn pass I saw on the map? Is that the distinctive rockslide I’m supposed to see just as we head north…or was it the one we passed 30 minutes ago? Why the hell did my boss send me on this trip when I’ve never done it before? Do my guests know we’re kind of lost? Do we have enough water? Food? I wonder what the newspaper headlines will look like….

Which way now?

Are you a guide? Have you ever been guided? Tell me more about your own (mis)adventures out on the trail. Feel free to change the names of the guilty, terminally stupid, confused, or even your own if these descriptions fit you at times.

Oh, and hire a guide! Honestly, we love our job. Happy trails.

 

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A Week in the Life of an Outdoor Guide

 

 

My outdoor guiding job is very cool. I get to play outside, and take people out to play with me. I even get paid for this! And tipped (usually)! Sometimes it’s hard to believe I live this cool life. Well, moments of coolness. Such as my recent week.

In a seven-day period of time, this was my schedule:

Friday: Drive clients to Cathedral Valley in the northern part of Capitol Reef National Park. Tell them I studied French for 5 years but am too scared to try to actually converse with them. Enjoy wonderful conversations with them (in English), then still smile as they depart without tipping me. Ah, the French.

Temple of the Sun, Cathedral Valley

Saturday: Meet friends to hike Lower Calf Creek Falls, between Escalante and Boulder, Utah. Have a blast! Oh, and enjoy the best fish tacos I’ve yet had anywhere in southern Utah. (Circle D Eatery in Escalante, I’m looking at you! Yum. If you go there, tell Patrick I said hi.)

Small Leaf Globemallow on the Lower Calf Creek Falls trail

Sunday: Hike Sheets Gulch and take a gander at the Strike Valley Overlook, both in Capitol Reef National Park, with a good photographer friend. Find overhangs, ruins, and neat slot canyon scrambles.

downclimbing in Sheets Gulch

(photo by Jennifer Howe)

Utah Daisies in Sheets Gulch

Monday: Hike the 9-mile loop of Upper Muley Twist in Capitol Reef National Park. In a word: stunning. Discover one member of the party is quite fearful of snakes when we come across a big bullsnake desperately trying to slither away from us.

Bullsnake in Upper Muley Twist Canyon

She is also afraid of furry little mammals with tails that run up the walls when we are in a little slot canyon section–I realize this when she lets loose a shriek and whirls back into me, clutching my arm and attempting to exit the area with utmost speed. Lean into the 50-mph winds that assault us up on the rim as we stagger sideways, blown by the capricious elements, while taking the endlessly gorgeous views of the Strike Valley, the Henry Mountains, and everything north, south, and east as far as the eye can see.

Strike Valley Overlook

Enjoy dinner with the clients at Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder after one of the loveliest hiking days in memory. Sigh when they also don’t tip. Choose instead to remember the bulk of the awesomely fun day.

Saddle Arch in Upper Muley Twist Canyon

Tuesday: Cathedral Valley again, as seen with serious amateur photographers. Loved them! Total sweethearts from the Midwest who were utterly adoring of the Western landscapes. Learned some more photography tips & tricks from them throughout the day.

Glass Mountain in Cathedral Valley

Wednesday: Cathedral Valley, this time incorporating some hiking as well. Learn more flowers, hike to overlooks I’ve never been to before, and thoroughly enjoy the company of the funny Texan guests. Hiking during this trip is an unusual treat for me, and I love it. Also get to test out some Merrell Barefoot running shoes I just received…gear review coming soon to the lovely National Parks Traveler website.

Central Prickly Pear in full bloom, Cathedral Valley

Thursday: Drive the Reds Canyon loop in the San Rafael Swell. See wild horses who’ve freely roamed the area since the mid-1800s and earlier. Observe both photographer clients and self swoon with the utter coolness of this visual feral treat.

Wild Horses in the San Rafael Swell

Be entertained by a winsome lizard during lunch. Gaze at old uranium mine remains and wonder how the miners could stand being deep within the earth while surrounded by such natural beauty.

Sunflowers in Reds Canyon near Muddy Creek

Look at rock art panels. Drive I-70 back to highway 72 over Thousand  Lake Mountain in the early evening light. Beyond gorgeous. Enjoy dinner at Cafe Diablo with the clients, who are the same wonderful people from Tuesday.

Friday: Relax….

Not every week is like this. Sometimes they’re even busier, sometimes they’re super quiet. And I didn’t get to go horseback riding, which is my favorite thing to do. But all in all, it was pretty sweet. The commute…the view from my office…the enthusiastic clients…the lifetime of dividends in the form of experiences, memories, and photos.

Excuse me now. Time to get back outside.

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Ode to My Chacos

Before I moved to Utah, I was a Teva girl. Wore ’em all the time, had several pairs. But shortly after I discovered the great, empty (well, in the southern portion) state of Utah, I also discovered Chacos. Everyone was wearing them. My coworkers. Native Utahn tourists. The rugged outdoorsy guys I liked. The kickass outdoorsy women I emulated. Hell, I think there were some dogs running around in little Chaco footies. (Kidding.)

So I finally went out and bought my first pair of Chacos back in 2002, and the future of my footwear changed forever.

will go anywhere

I freaking live in my Chacos during the warm season. Live in them. Other than riding boots or hiking boots, I pretty much wear only Chacos on my feet from April-October, give or take a few weeks depending on the weather. I hike in them, I go to dinner in them, I work in them, I wear them to the store, the post office, the hair dresser. I’ve been known to drive tractors while wearing them:

hippie cowgirl

On trails, on the sidewalk, in my backyard when I’m gardening.

I wore them in Hawaii last year. Shrug: I just love my Chacos.

on Hawaiian lava rock

Current count of Chaco pairs owned: 8.

Current count of Tevas owned: 2. (And although I still really like them, I just rarely wear them.)

Why

The first fascination belongs to some sort of coolness factor. Have you ever seen those Chaco ad posters, with the feet that have Chaco tan lines? Something about that screams friends, fun, outdoors, rugged, laid-back, in the sunshine. And most of my friends here were living that actual life. As a result, I wanted it too. (Take a bow, Chaco marketing department. Your ads live in real life, and they apparently work.)

tan lines

Secondly, Chacos are functional. Sure, you can wear them in the water, they’re sturdy as all get out, and they last a long time depending on how hard you use ’em. But I mean they’re also just functional for everyday use, as I noted above. I approve of that. Heck, I have many friends who’ve gotten married in their Chacos. (Too bad Chaco doesn’t make white pairs…yet. However, you can buy white webbing and get it attached to your footbed. Cool!)

Another reason why is that they’re easy. It’s simple to slip them on, kick them off, throw them in the back of your truck. You can attach them to the outside of your pack to use as camp shoes or river crossers. Washing them is no problem. It’s okay if they get dirty (and really, they’re meant to), so you don’t have to watch every foot placement for fear of scuffing them. (Oh, the horror.)

going where angels fear to tread

Final reason why: the famous Chaco foot tan. Dude. It’s ridiculously fun, silly, cool, and a clear demonstration of the kind of life one leads. For example: whenever I visit my family in southern California, I notice how few Chacos and Chaco tans I see. ‘Nuff said.

Hiking

Okay, Chacos aren’t really meant to be hiked in. They’re supposed to be river sandals. But most of the people I know hike in them, me included. Have Chacos, will trail travel.

I know people who’ve backpacked in them for miles, pack upon back. (No, I’m not recommending that, as you can seriously mess up your feet if you twist your unsupported ankles.) I often hike in my Chacos all day.

on the trail

Do I sometimes need to put on sneakers instead, do I get hot spots, have I worn my skin raw, especially if multiple water crossings happen? Yes.

ready to take the plunge

Have I been stabbed so many times by those damned leaping cacti (I swear to all that’s holy, the cactus around here lies in wait for the unwary Chaco-clad foot and then strikes with deliberate intention)? Oh, yes.

Do stones and pebbles launch themselves with stinging force at my bare toes when I unwittingly kick them at my own feet? Uh, yes.

But even with all that, I still hike in my Chacos.

happy feet

Tell me about your Chaco experience. Wear them? Love them? Hate them? Prefer a different outdoor sandal brand? Have tips about using them? Leave a comment and let me know.

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My Top 10 Winter Hiking Tips

Winter is still here. (Go figure.) Lots of people seem to shun hiking during the cold season. Sure, you have good reasons to be skeptical. Bad road conditions, slogging through wet mucky trails, skidding on ice and falling on your rump. And oh yeah–it’s cold! Winter hiking, though, is crazy awesome for a bunch of reasons I’ll need to detail in another post.

So if you want to hit the trail but have winter hiking concerns, I once again rounded up 10 of my favorite basic yet essential cold weather hiking tips to hopefully get you out the door and into the winter wonderland, wherever that may be.

1) Layer, Layer, Layer. Yes, dress in layers. This does not necessarily mean you have to resemble the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. In fact, you shouldn’t. You will warm up considerably as you begin to move. When you warm up, you will remove layers. When you stop to check out the view or eat lunch and get chilly again, re-layer. It’s a simple, effective system. I also recommend the layers fit well; the layer next to your skin can be snug. Everything else needs to be looser. Too tight = no room for the circulation that keeps you warm. Suggested layers:

  • warm hat, preferably fleece. If it’s sunny enough that I want to shade my eyes but still cold enough that my ears need covering, I wear a ball cap and pull a fleece earband over it. Ear muffs would work with this scenario too. Now, I was taught that we lose up to 40% of our body heat through the top of our head. Seems that’s not necessarily true, according to various scientific research. But I am here to tell you: if your head is uncovered while you’re outside, you will eventually feel cold all over! Wear a warm hat.
  • a fleece neck gaiter to keep the chill off your exposed lil’ neck. These are easier to deal with than a scarf while hiking.
  • base layer, top and bottom. This is usually synthetic, such as polypropylene, although some people swear by silk. Silk doesn’t do much for me personally. If it’s très cold, I wear fleece bottoms, although those require roomier pants over them.
  • warmth layer, such as fleece. This layer shouldn’t be too thick.
  • wind layer. I wear a wind-stopper shell made by Mountain Hardwear that really does keep the chill off if it’s blustery. This is of course unnecessary if there’s no wind.
  • heavier warmth layer. Could be a down jacket if you’re not hiking all that far or it’s so cold you probably won’t even break a sweat. Could be a heavier fleece jacket if the temperatures aren’t that ridiculously cold, or if you plan to really get a workout. Could be a down vest over your warm (fleece) layer if the temps are more middle of the road.
  • dry layer. A rain or snow jacket works well. Again, which one depends on the specific temperatures and weather. I sometimes wear an insulated (not down) ski jacket and skip the previous warmth layer. Waterproof (rain) pants are a great idea too if it’s wet out or if you’re going to break trail through deeper snow. Rain pants are also really light and pack small, so if you need to shuck them they won’t take up too much room in your pack.
  • warm gloves. Fleece is great. Waterproof ones such as you might use for skiing are appropriate if you think you might be tempted to throw snowballs at your hiking companions.
  • polypropylene (or some sort of synthetic wicking sock) socks next to your skin to wick away moisture (sweat), then warmer socks, such as wool. Beware socks that are too thick; if your feet are so squished into your boots by your socks that you can’t wiggle your toes, you will actually have colder feet.
  • appropriate boots. Ones treated with a moisture repellent are great. Plenty of people buy boots with Gore-Tex, which is one of the best bets for keeping your feet dry. However, your boots will still absorb water and eventually freeze, which is chilly. Tread is important too; snow and ice make traction more uncertain. Add-ons like YakTrax can help, although I’ve had two pairs and the rubber has snapped on both after not all that much use. (Maybe they didn’t like being scraped over rocks hiding under the snow.) Also note fit. Too tight is again no good for circulation (cold feet). Too loose is no good because that can lead to blisters.
  • dry layer over the boots. This might be necessary if you’re breaking trail through snow or plan to be out all day. I’m a huge fan of NEOS and just keep them in my truck all winter, so I can pull them on over my boots whenever I’m heading out into something slushy. That way, my boots also stay nicer (in better condition) longer.

2) Bad, Bad Cotton. There’s an old outdoor saying: “Cotton kills.” Sorry, cotton industry, but it can be true. Do not wear any natural fibers next to your skin, except wool of the non-itchy variety. Cotton holds water, which in the winter will be cold, and if that’s next to your skin, you’re miserable and quite possibly in trouble. None of your winter clothing should be cotton.

3) Water, Water Everywhere. Keep slugging back that water, whether plain or electrolyte-enhanced. I use a Camelbak hydration daypack that sports an insulated tube so my water doesn’t freeze up before it can reach my mouth. Regular hydration packs or simple water bottles will work too, as long as it’s not actually freezing outside. If you use one with a screw top, remember that if it’s cold enough and there’s water on the threads, your lid will freeze shut. (Carry it upside down to circumvent that little problem.) Start off with some hot water in your bottle/hydration pack, and it’ll stay unfrozen quite a bit longer. Bonus: consider bringing along a hot beverage in a well-insulated container, or even a hiking stove to get some hot water going along the trail. There’s nothing like hot cocoa, hot tea, coffee, or hot soup to pick up your spirits if the day is really chilly.

4) Eat Hearty, Mateys. Take plenty of snacks. Snow hiking takes more out of you because you’re working harder to get through it—yes, even on a packed trail, because you’re probably stepping more carefully to make sure you won’t slip. Take more snacks than you usually might, and be sure they’re of the quick-fuel variety. Simple, homemade trail mix still works well for this, although you can also stock up on pricey energy gels and shots and goo and whatnot. I often use Clif Bar Shot Bloks. Something basic like a banana or banana chips (mm, potassium—an excellent post-sweating snack) work great too. Of course, full on lunch works too if you’re hiking midday.

5) Plastic Bags. Resealable and grocery type. Resealable can be used for a number of things, such as stashing wet gear like socks, stinky trash like banana peels, and keeping your camera dry. Grocery bags can also be your friend. If your boots aren’t waterproof and get wet, you can pull the bags over your socks and feet (preferably before they get wet) to prevent utter freezing disaster before you get back to your car.

6) Extra, Extra. Bring extras of almost everything, because you or someone you’re with will probably need it. I’m talking clothing (warm hats, gloves, socks), food, water, batteries (camera, headlamp). Especially the clothing and water, though.

7) Heal Thyself. Bring a first aid kit. This really shouldn’t need to be said, and it goes for all hiking trips, but let’s just be redundant. You just never know when it’ll come in handy, whether you’re out for an hour or for weeks.

8 ) Know Thy Limits. Never winter hiked before? Choose a short, easy trail that won’t challenge you like you’re on some sort of reality tv survival show. This is real reality, and your probable goal is to have fun, not end up needing a rescue. Also, start as early in the day as you can to ensure you’re not stuck out after nightfall during winter’s brief days. Note: for a really short hike, early afternoon might be best, as that will likely be the warmest part of the day. Just really be sure you’re going to be back before dark.

9) Sneaky Bag o’ Tricks. Look, you’re probably not heading out to summit Everest on your winter hike. But as they say, stuff happens, and it’s usually totally unexpected. And although it can happen to the most prepared, experienced people, your chances of a happy ending are greatly upped if you consider packing some key items with you. My own short list:

-a multi-tool. I love, love, love my Leatherman Super Tool. Sure, it’s heavy. I don’t care. I’m not fast- and light-packing. I always carry it with me on my jaunts, and I often use it.

-hand warmers, like Grabber Warmers. Trust me, your hands will thank you. The foot warmers work too, but beware if you’re wear them all day, they puff up into these lumpy not-warm things that don’t feel so good anymore.

-a headlamp. This is overkill, you protest. I shall not be out past dark. Well, I sure hope not. But just in case, throw one in your pack. They don’t take up much room (nor do spare batteries for them), and you never know.

-a map. Doesn’t have to be a topo, if you have no idea how to read one. (In which case, you’d better not being going off trail.) If you’re hiking in a national park, the provided trail map should suffice.

-cell phone. Yeah, really. Put it in a resealable plastic bag, and turn it off so you’re not draining the battery.

-tiny tube o’ sunscreen and SPF lip balm. Super sunny days reflect quite well off snow.

-small notebook and pen. You might need to record vital stats if something not good happens. Or, you might just want to jot down your innermost thoughts while hiking in the beautiful wilderness.

-a lighter. Potentially useful in many situations.

-duct tape. Wrap it around a tongue depressor. Potentially useful in many situations. The duct tape, I mean.

10) Attention, Everyone… Tell someone where you’re hiking, especially if you’re going alone, and when you expect to be back. No, really. Must I reiterate the Aron Ralston story again?

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Hike of the Week is Sunset Point

[photo courtesy of Jennifer Howe]

I’m talking about the one closest to my home. The one in Capitol Reef National Park. Read all about it over here on my NileGuide blog. Then comment, dammit, and go visit it when you can. The hike. Well, the blog too.

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