Mountain biking the White Rim Trail: Day one

The first day on the White Rim Trail started out freezing cold. The ground around the Island in the Sky Visitor Center was covered in snow, and a sharp wind was blowing across the top of the mesa. We bundled up in ski coats and gloves, and rode our bikes down the Shafer Trail switchbacks that descend to the White Rim of Canyonlands National Park.

Park City Paralympian Chris Waddell summits Kilimanjaro

Park City resident, Chris Waddell, became the first paraplegic person to summit Mount Kilimanjaro unassisted.

On September 30, 2009, Waddell posted a short mesage on his blog at One Revolution that read, “We summited today. Slept in the crater last night. Everyone’s asleep. Long day. At hotel tomorrow. Will catch you all up.”

The highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro is described as “a walkable mountain.” But for someone who has to use a wheelchair to get around, Kilimanjaro poses a much bigger challenge as the only way for Waddell to ascend the massive peak is by using a custom built hand-cycle.

Rock climbing Left of Center Route at Mule Hollow Wall

The Mule Hollow Wall in Big Cottonwood Canyon is an excellent place for the beginner and intermediate traditional rock-climber who is looking for some multi-pitch experience. The wall itself is huge, rising 500 feet above the pine trees in Mule Hollow Gulch. High-quality quartzite and near-vertical relief is the name of the game here, but generous holds and cracks make the climbing a breeze while still giving a taste of big-wall flavor.