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Red Castle Lakes Backpacking Guide – High Uintas

Red Castle Lakes Backpacking Guide – High UintasGorgeous alpine meadows and pitch-perfect backcountry camping make this area, especially at sunset, a wonderland. It gets its name from the red castle-like peaks that stand like a fortress above the basin. With the ability to visit three different lakes along the trail, you could easily spend three days here, though most complete the trip in two. The landscape here is unbelievably photogenic, so don't forget your camera. The Red Castle Peak downright glows at sunset. QUICK FACTSDistance: 20 miles (32 km) round-trip Days Needed: 2-3 days Elevation Gain: 1,437 feet (438 m)Peak Elevation: 10,824 feet (3,300 m)Best Travel Time: Late June - October, depending on snow levelHIGHLIGHTSWildlife, including owls, elk, moose, mule deer Fascinating geology Fantastic photo oppsBeautiful lakes and streamsBeautiful meadows and wildflowersNicely graded trail, never too steepGreat fishing opportunitiesDogs allowed (leashed)LOWLIGHTSCan be busy on weekendsRough rock strewn landscapeMuddy, rocky... Read More »

The Waves Are Massive in California Right Now

The Waves Are Massive in California Right NowDangerous surf conditions along the coast of California prompted the National Weather Service to issue a pretty unique high surf warning for today: https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea/status/1074051054172585987 The largest waves are breaking along the Central California coast, stretching north to the San Francisco Bay Area. The NWS reported waves of 30 to 40 feet: https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea/status/1074706901902999552 While Southern Californians won’t get the same huge waves as parts of the north, the swell’s effects will be visible. On Monday and Tuesday, surfers in Southern California should expect waves as high as eight to 12 feet and six to 10 feet in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, respectively, according to the NWS. https://twitter.com/NWSPortland/status/1074550876575031296 These swells were brought on by a huge low-pressure that originated in the Gulf of Alaska, according to The Weather Channel, and that system is hurling surf at the California coast. Mavericks, the... Read More »

A ‘Free Solo’ Parody

A ‘Free Solo’ ParodyAlex Honnold recently endorsed Expensive Membership, an amazing comical ode to his own documentary, Free Solo. The parody features amateur climber and video editor Nick Garnham Wright as he strives to accomplish his V8 gym project. It’s a feat that will forever rival Honnold’s own ropeless climb of El... Read More »

Experiences, Not Things: The Ultimate Last-Minute Gifts

Experiences, Not Things: The Ultimate Last-Minute GiftsWe all know that it’s experiences, not material things, that make us happy. This week, it’s probably also a good thing that experiences don’t need to be shipped. Here are three legitimately amazing outdoor experiences you can give anyone, regardless of their experience level. BlnWQzhDd1T A Backpacking Trip Backpacking is the fundamental outdoor adventure and the one with the lowest barrier to entry. But if you don’t already have all of it, obtaining the gear you need all at once get’s really expensive, really fast. Adding to the challenge, the quality of that gear is hugely important to your overall experience—take stuff that’s too heavy or isn’t comfortable, and the trip will turn into a sufferfest. And light, comfortable gear tends to be pricey. If you’re an experienced backpacker and want to give someone the ability to join you on a trip, or if both of you are going for the first time (or for the first time in a long time), then renting gear is probably the easiest and... Read More »

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