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Grand Teton, August 18, 2014

Grand Teton, August 18, 2014

My love for the Tetons began when I was a student at Ricks College.  I got my introduction to this mountain range skiing at Grand Targhee, and hiking Table Rock and around Jenny Lake.  I even took a mountaineering class and back-country ski class that took me into these mountains several times, the highlight of which was climbing the Middle Teton.

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Scout Klondike, 2014

Scout Klondike, 2014

Here’s a video of our scout trip last weekend.  I wish I would have gotten more cross-country skiing footage of the relay race and wipe-outs coming down the powdery snow-covered hill before the camera died, but hope you enjoy it anyway.  Thanks to everyone for a great trip.  It was a blast!

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Troop 1225 Backpacking Trip Around G Mountain

Troop 1225 Backpacking Trip Around G Mountain

This weekend our scout group went on an over-night backpacking trip around G Mountain.  We hiked up Grove Creek and camped in a grove of aspen trees near a meadow.  The next morning we crossed over the top of G Mountain and came down via Battle Creek.  We hiked a total of 7-8 miles.  Here’s a short video of the trip:

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Grand Canyon Trip

Grand Canyon Trip

My brother-in-law got a group together for a Grand Canyon trip that we went on last week.  We were able to book reservations a year ago to stay at the bottom of Grand Canyon at Phantom Ranch for three nights.  Our group consisted of 11 hikers including his siblings, his wife’s sisters (including my wife) and a couple from Farmington, New Mexico who were his neighbors and who have been to the canyon well over a hundred times between the two.

We slept in the cabins and dorms there and enjoyed hot showers, steak dinners, and as many pancakes, eggs, and bacon we could find room for every breakfast.  (Having these amenities allowed us to pack light and move efficiently during the descent to the bottom and the climb out).  The experienced couple from New Mexico took us on day hikes, guided us down old miner trails, and lead us to a few seldom seen corners of the canyon.  Here’s a video of some of the highlights:

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Ski Mountaineering Timp’s Everest Ridge

ski mountaineering timp's everest ridge

During the winter of ’92 there was a Mount Everest expedition team from Utah that trained using a ridge on the west face of Mount Timpanogos.  Since then, it’s been known to locals as Everest Ridge. Almost exactly a year ago, I noticed a friend Paul Knudsen at church with a sunburned face and “raccoon eyes”.  It turns out that he had climbed Everest Ridge the previous day.  I had heard about that route and we chatted about his trip which prompted an outing together a few weeks later to Heaven’s Half Pipe.  This winter he offered to do the Everest Ridge with me.

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Skiing with Braylon

Skiing with Braylon

I borrowed some small skis and boots and took Braylon up to Alta yesterday.  Here’s a video of the highlights:

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2013 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway

The 2013 HGTV dream home giveaway sweepstakes begins today.  You can enter to win twice daily (once on HGTV.com and once on Frontdoor.com) from now until February 15, 2013 at 5p.m. ET, when they close the sweepstakes, for your chance to win the HGTV Dream Home 2013, located in South Carolina.  If you win, you get the house with all the appliances, furnishings and custom artwork inside along with a new 2013 GMC Acadia Denali and $500k.   Click here to enter to win and for more information about the dream home.  Good luck!!!

Fly Fishing Fun

fly fishing fun

Here’s a video featuring some fly fishing fun.

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Guitar Pickin’ in the Kitchen

guitar pickin' in the kitchen

Guitar pickin’ in the kitchen: “Souvenirs” by John Prine, and “Across the Great Divide” by Kate Wolf

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Backpacking to The Cirque of the Towers & Temple Peaks Area

Cirque of the Towers

Here’s a video highlighting our recent backpacking trip to the Wind River Range in Wyoming.  We visited the Cirque of the Towers and the Temple Peaks area where we ascended East Temple Peak. Read more…