Author: Ryan Malavolta

MSR Windboiler Stove review

The MSR Windboiler stove system in travel mode. All the pieces conveniently store either inside, or as part of the exterior. (Photo: Ryan Malavolta/Utahoutside.com)

A hot meal in the backcountry can cure almost everything that ails you. Sore feet and cold bones melt away when you’re enjoying spoonfuls of your favorite dish. But before you dine, you must cook…and for that you’ll need a…

White Sierra Camp 4 Shorts review

WHITE SIERRA SHORTS 4

As we bid a fond farewell to this year’s extended summer season, I’m reminded of two things: it hasn’t snowed yet, and I wore shorts a lot during the past several months. Alas, there is nothing to be done about…

Therm-a-Rest Treo Chair review

The Treo Chair is barely larger than a 1 liter water bottle when in travel/storage mode. (photo: Utahoutside.com/Ryan Malavolta)

For as long as humans could stand upright, they have yearned to sit. Yes, there’s nothing quite like taking a load off after a hard day of recreating in the outdoors. Toting a comfortable seat along for your outdoor adventures…

Backpacking to Cuberant Lake

Cabernet Lake in the Uinta Mountains of Utah. Mount Marsell stands guard over the south end of the lake and provides a great alpine setting. (photo: Ryan Malavolta/Utahoutside.com)

Autumn is upon us, and backpacking trips to the Uinta Mountains may soon be in short supply. If you want to squeeze in a quick overnight trip, but don’t want to skimp on the scenery, Cuberant Lake may be just…

Hike to Ibantik Lake in the Uinta Mountains

Need more of a reason to spend the night at Ibantik? Catch this view from one of the southeastern shore campsites. (photo: Skip Whitman/Utahoutside.com)

There’s certainly no shortage of picturesque lakes to visit in Utah’s Uinta Mountains. With literally thousands of choices, it can be tough to select any one body of water for a destination. Ibantik Lake, nestled below the mighty Notch Peak…

Hike Little Death Hollow and Wolverine Slot Canyons

Hiker Skip Whitman wades through one of the deep pools found in Little Death Hollow after heavy spring rains in 2015. (photo: Ryan Malavolta/Utahoutside.com)

If it is slot canyons you seek, the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM) has them by the dozens. We all have our favorite features in slots; some folks like the walls so tight that walking through with a pack…

Watson’s Merino Wool Baselayer review

The author sports the Watson's Merino wool long sleeve top during a chilly trip to the San Rafael Swell (Photo: Ryan Malavolta/Utahoutside.com)

I’ve always thought someone should create a base layer that wicks moisture, retains heat, doesn’t stink and feels great against your skin. Turns out, nature already created it, and the base layer is Merino wool. Jared Hargrave has long extolled…