Category: Backpacking

Thule Versant 70L backpacking pack review

Giving my best "blue steel" look with the Thule Versant 70L on my back while skinning up to the Geyser Pass Yurt. (Photo: Sean Zimmerman-Wall - UtahOutside.com)

Backpacking season is here in the desert, and the mountains will be without snow in a few short months. Time to shop for a new backpacking pack! I’ve been using an old pack since the early 2000’s and it has…

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…

Gear you need in the Zion Narrows

Zion Gear

The Zion Narrows is unlike any hike in Utah or even the world. Unlike most hikes that are on a trail, in the Narrows you are wading almost entirely in a river. Add a deep canyon with little escape options,…

Backpacking Zion Narrows from the top down

Backpacking the Zion Narrows from the top down is the best way to experience one of the most beautiful hikes in Zion National Park. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Of all the canyons found in Zion National Park, the easiest and most popular has got to be the Zion Narrows. But that’s only because of the hordes of tourists that hike up the first five miles from the bottom…

Video: Climbing Kings Peak with KSL Outdoors

Still frame from the King's Peak episode of KSL Outdoors, which aired on July 25, 2015.

Climbing Kings Peak, the highest point in Utah, is a bucket list item that every outdoorsy Utahn absolutely must check off. Not only is the summit the very top of Utah, but the backpack in, the camping at the head…

Alite Designs Monarch Chair review

The Alite Designs Monarch Chair review on the shores of the Colorado River in Cataract Canyon.

Multi-day backpacking excursions generally require you to sacrifice comfort in return for a lighter pack. One of the first things to stay at home is the camp chair. But with the Alite Designs Monarch Chair, you don’t have to rely…

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…

Klymit Insulated Static V Lite camping pad review

We review the Klymit Insulated Static V Lite camping pad, seen here on the shores of the Colorado River. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

Let’s face it: the worst part about backpacking is sleeping on the ground. Sure, you can pack a cushy, heavy sleeping pad to keep rocks and roots from digging into your back, but most are too heavy to carry miles…