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The 10 Unspoken Rules of Camping

If you’ve spent some time in the woods and respect nature, I’m sure you already abide by the “Leave No Trace” principle.  Kudos to you!  Here are a handful of rules you won’t come across at any State Park, KOA or wilderness area.  These...

An Introduction to Slot Canyons

The slot canyons of Southern Utah are one of our states most underrated gems.  If you’re looking for an adventure with mind blowing views and elements of climbing, look no further. These slots can range from easy strolls to highly technical canyoneering routes...
Things Climbers Say

Things Climbers Say

Have you ever been confused by all the different terms and phrases that climbers use? Here’s a glossary to keep you in the know. If you have any questions or phrases you would like to add, jump in and share in the comments section.   Rock Climbing Glossary Abseil...
Climbing 101

Climbing 101

If you’re looking for a great way to get outdoors, get exercise, and get a healthy dose of adrenaline then rock climbing may be the sport for you. Although you may see a fair amount of daredevils on Youtube, thousands of averages Joes enjoy this sport every day....
First-Aid Kit Basics

First-Aid Kit Basics

Whether you’re out in the middle of nowhere or you’re out for a quick day hike, a good first aid kit is important to have.  Here are some of the basic items you need to build your own first aid kit.   Dressings and Bandages Band-Aids of various shapes and sizes...
Things Snowboarders Say

Things Snowboarders Say

Have you ever been confused by all the different terms and phrases Snowboarders use? Here’s a glossary to keep you ahead of the Curve. If you have any questions or phrases you would like to add, jump in and share in the comments section.   Glossary Air: Any jump or...
Mountain Biking 101

Mountain Biking 101

Mountain Biking is a great way to get outside, get exercise, and connect with nature. The most common myth is the requirement of “mountains”. Trails vary from mellow dirt roads, winding single-track, to lift accessed mountain bike parks, so there are trails for...
How to build a Campfire

How to build a Campfire

Whether you’re building a campfire for cooking or trying to stay warm on a chilly night we’re going to cover the key steps for building a successful campfire. Finding or Building a Fire Ring When at a public campground make sure you only use the designated fire pits,...
Things Skiers Say

Things Skiers Say

Have you ever been confused by all the different terms and phrases that skiers use? Here’s a glossary to keep you ahead of the curve.   If you have any questions or phrases you would like to add, jump in and share in the comments section.   Glossary AFD...
Benefits of Outdoor Recreation

Benefits of Outdoor Recreation

Now that the weather’s warming up, it’s much more enticing for people to spend time outdoors. You simply can’t beat some great Vitamin D, green grass, and chirping birds. Unfortunately, many of us still spend too much time indoors—adults and children alike—during...
The Robber’s Roost, An Adventure Into the Wild West

The Robber’s Roost, An Adventure Into the Wild West

The world has always had a fascination with the Wild West. The Wild West was one of the earliest genres of the American Film Industry. From the 1930’s to the 1960’s Hollywood cranked out western movies to the delight of movie audiences everywhere. In the...

The Lowdown on Alpine Touring Gear

Most gear advice articles will paint a very neutral picture of the various brands and equipment recommended to “get the job done”. After reading, I often end up more confused as to which gear to use. Since I have no sponsors or brand relationships, you will hear the...

Guide to the Ultimate Backpacking Setup

The gear you choose to pack (and not to pack) plays a major role in how your adventure will play out. Today, I’m going to share with you my secrets for dialing in your backpack. The Pack Your backpack is the foundation for your gear, so fit is your number one...

Taking Care of Your Life Line

Your climbing rope is your life line. You trust it with your life, so understanding your equipment is paramount. These steps will help you take care of your rope and make sure you get the most life out of it. Keep your rope clean When dirt gets into your rope it can...

How to Properly Package your Skis for Shipment

Whether you’re traveling to Utah to ski the greatest snow on earth or have just sold a pair of your old skis on GearTrade, you’ll need to know how to properly ship them. Below, we go over the basics, so your skis arrive safely at their destination.   Here’s what...

How to size your next bike

No matter what kind of bike you’re looking to get, the first step is measuring your inseam. First, take off your shoes and place a book between your legs and up against your crotch.  Then take a measurement from the floor to your crotch.  Then use that inseam...
Cleaning your Bike

Cleaning your Bike

Regardless of what you put your bike through, whether it be a casual neighborhood ride or a long day of muddy single track, your bike will always have some sort of grime or buildup on it. To keep everything working properly, cleaning it regularly is a must. Cleaning...
Goggle Buyers Guide

Goggle Buyers Guide

At high altitudes, the atmosphere is thinner and filters less ultraviolet (UV) rays. The sun’s reflection on snow thus becomes brighter and more intense. Wind and snow are also factors as it can make your eyes tear and blur your vision. Ski and snowboard goggles...
Winter layering guide

Winter layering guide

Layering is one of the best ways to maximize your warmth and comfort while outdoors. It allows you to make quick adjustments based on the weather and your current outdoor activity. Each layer will provide its own function in keeping you warm. Base Layer: Moisture...
Ski-Snowboard Jacket Buyers Guide

Ski-Snowboard Jacket Buyers Guide

As you start your search for a new jacket, it’s important to know the differences between all the styles and key features of each jacket. We’re going to cover the types of jackets, styles, and best use of each.   Shells The majority of jackets you’ll see out on...
Snowboard Buyers Guide

Snowboard Buyers Guide

Do you like to jib in the park, seek out fresh powder or cruise down the groomers? No matter what you do, there is a board for you.   Types of Snowboards All Mountain These boards are best for all around terrain and conditions. Whether it’s groomed runs, park...
Snowboard Binding Buyers Guide

Snowboard Binding Buyers Guide

How to choose the best snowboard binding for you   Your bindings are an integral part of your riding experience. Snowboard bindings transfer your movement directly to the board, so it’s crucial they match your riding style and board.   Park or Freestyle –...
Snowboard Boot Buyers Guide

Snowboard Boot Buyers Guide

When you are venturing into a new snowboard setup, boots should be your number one concern. This is where you will want to spend your money, if you’re on a budget.  Fortunately, we usually have the best deals on boots since we get brand new “tried on once” returns...
The Hiking Essentials

The Hiking Essentials

Whether you’re taking a short hike after work or a week long excursion into your favorite canyon, here is the gear you should never be without.   Navigation tools – Map, Compass, GPS, etc. There are even apps for this stuff now. You never know when a quick side...
How to take care of your sleeping bag

How to take care of your sleeping bag

  Your sleeping bag is one of the most important pieces of gear you own, so you want to keep it in the best condition possible. Here are a few tips that will keep your bag in top shape for years to come.   Proper Use Be mindful of dirty shoes and equipment.  Make...
What size mountain bike do you need?

What size mountain bike do you need?

Mountain Bike Sizing Guide Mountain bikes are sized XS through XXL as well as in inches (14-22”). Previously, seat tube length was the traditional method for sizing bicycles, but with all the new shapes and styles that has become less relevant. Most mountain bikes...
Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

This article was originally written by GearTrade writer David Johnson for the Daily Herald and published in the  July 3, 2009 edition of the newspaper.  To view the original article please go here. Be Like Bigfoot — Unnoticed in the Wilderness. When I think... read more