Backpacking

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…

Vasque St. Elias GTX Hiking Boot review

The St. Elias boots handled both backpacking and off trail scrambling/mountaineering with ease. (photo: Ryan Malavolta)

It’s not exactly breaking news that Vasque makes killer outdoor footwear. The real news came at the 2013 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, where I was informed that one of their more popular hiking boots, the Wasatch, was to be discontinued.…

Climbing Tokewanna Peak

Luna the dog enjoys the fine views from atop Tokewanna (Photo: Dave Thieme)

There are nineteen “13’ers” in Utah, and every one of these beasts can be found somewhere in the Uinta Mountain Range. One of the things that make Utah’s 13,000′ mountains unique is their distance from roads. Climbing these summits often…