Thursday, December 9, 2010


PHOTO DISCLAIMER: I am lame at talking self-portraits. I concentrate so much on taking the thing that I look ridiculous in them! Your turn next time, Amy!
HIKERS: Kim, Amy, Hopie, Juta
WEATHER: about 35 f, partly cloudy
KIM'S NOTES: Yes! We are back! So fun to get out and hike again. It was pretty casual, but wonderful to be outside enjoying the brisk winter air. We need to go again soon!
AMY'S NOTES: Yes it was good to be out. And Kim it's just the camera phone...

Sunday, October 17, 2010


HIKERS: Cory, Kim, Drew, Kayle, Christian, Marshall, Phoebe
WEATHER: 75 f, a beautiful, sunny fall day
NOTES: We hiked up to the Pipe Dream rock climbing area and set up a zip line for the kids. It was such a perfect temp. to be there and we had a great time enjoying the outdoors.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


HIKERS: Kim, Jamie, and miscellaneous friends and Young Women
WEATHER: up to 90 f, clear and sunny
KIM'S NOTES: I went back to Baptist Draw and took some Young Women from my church and some of their leaders (14 of us all together). We had postponed this hike 3 times before because of bad weather (rain and slot canyons are NOT a good mix). We were so happy we were finally able to do it.
Here I am with Jamie and a friend (Juli) waiting our turn to do the first rappel (15 ft).

Here is Jamie doing the second rappel (80 ft).

This is the 'hall of horrors' we literally had to swim through, it was so deep. It goes clear back under the rock and way around the corner. However, I did keep my pack over my head, thus keeping my camera dry. I know, I am truly talented.

Jamie, Kristi and I trying to clean off our feet after swimming the big hole. It was silly to do, because just around the corner there was more mud and water, and just around that corner, and just around that corner... you get the picture...

This is such a beautiful place! Despite the muck, smell and chill, I can't help but want to go back. You just don't see places like this every day.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Yay! Amy is back in action- at least for some river running! We had a blast up on the Payette rivers in Idaho.

We did the Old Swirly run (class 2-3)...

... and the Carbarton run (class 3-4) in our inflatable kayaks!

We sat in some amazing hot pots!

Here is Amy trying out the slack line. We need to look for a cabin up there! We LOVED it!

Monday, August 2, 2010


WALKERS: Jamie, Kristi, Linsy, Kim
WEATHER: warm, clear morning

KIM'S NOTES: We have been doing some jaunts around town since our big summit. We are also going on hiatus for a week or two while we do some summer vacationing. See you later...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


HIKERS: Jamie & Kim
WEATHER: 60's- 70's, overcast
SUMMIT TIME: 2 hours
RT TIME: 4 1/2 hours

View of Manti

KIM'S NOTES: Jamie and I have not had the driving force of Amy behind us this summer. She is out with an injury and we really miss her pushing us to do some serious hikes. We finally got the gumption to summit Bald Mountain. It was WAY longer than I remembered, but we finally made it.
This time, however, we hiked down the back side and ended up going down the Backbone to the main canyon. We hadn't set up a shuttle car, so that walk added 45 minutes to the ordeal. Our feet were burning, but we accomplished our goal! Yay us!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


RIVER RUNNERS: Amy, Kristi & Kim
WEATHER: 80, partly cloudy
BIKING TIME: 55 min.
RIVER TIME: 1 hour, 10 min.
KIM'S NOTES: I had such a great time on Saturday I wanted to do it again, so Amy and I packed up Kristi and off we went. We had a nice ride up the canyon (the temps were still in the 70's for the ride) and then we all had a clean run down the river (no one swam). The water was a bit lower than Saturday. I think they are shutting it down while all the farmers cut their hay.
Lunch at the Big Rock Cafe at the BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN was a great way to end our trip. (What is it about water sports that make you starving?) All, in all, a perfect girls day out!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


WEATHER: 95 f, hot and sunny
TIME: 50 minutes on bike trail, 1 hour 20 minutes on river

KIM'S NOTES: This is such a fun river for me. I know it very well, it is an adventure without being too scary. Cory and I rode our bikes up the 6-mile bike trail that follows the river to Big Rock Candy Mountain where we had left our boats hidden in the bushes. We left our bikes and floated the river. The water is fairly warm this time of year and it was a good, clean run for us both. I highly recommend it!

Friday, July 16, 2010


HIKERS: Kim & Jamie
WEATHER: 54 f, clear and sunny
RT TIME: 1 hour

KIM'S NOTES: I have decided this is the new name for the Backbone. We hike up through the oak brush along a steep trail that is a great workout. The issue, however, is that it is predominately private land and the people who own it are full-on rednecks. They have put together the biggest collection of old campers and trailers and motor homes west of the Mississippi and have them strategically placed all the way up the mountain. We just noticed this morning that they have put some 'lots' up for sale, so if you are in the market for a place to park your trash, this is your lucky day!

Monday, July 12, 2010


HIKERS: Kim & Jamie
WEATHER: 55 f, sunny & clear
SUMMIT TIME: 19 minutes
RT TIME: 34 minutes (+ 8 more back up to get my jacket :)
KIM'S NOTES: This is our first official hike up S mountain. It is a short, but STEEP hike and gave us a great workout. We got all the way back to the car and I realized I had left my jacket about 1/2 way up, so we did the trail again. OOPS! My legs are feeling it now. We really miss Amy and hope she gets better soon!

Friday, July 9, 2010


HIKERS: Kim & Jamie
WEATHER: 52 F, sunny and clear

KIM'S NOTES: We have been on hiatus for a few weeks. Lots going on for everyone, so today some of us were back to it. We hiked the main canyon road today because there was a man just starting New Canyon and we didn't want to follow him the whole time. We hiked to the cattle guard at the Forest Service Boundary. It was a beautiful morning.

Monday, June 21, 2010


HIKERS: Kim & Jamie
KIM'S NOTES: The sun was up this morning! We were on a road that lined up directly with the rising sun. It was crazy how blinding it was. I don't remember it from previous years...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


HIKERS: Kim & Jamie
WEATHER: 51 f- sunny
KIM'S NOTES: Well, the mosquitos are out! Jamie and I found out first hand. Bummer. It sure has been nice without them.

Friday, June 11, 2010


HIKERS: Amy, Kim & Hope the dog
WEATHER: 49 f, chilly and overcast
SUMMIT: we went to the irrigation divider in 29 min.

KIM'S NOTES: This morning was chillier than it has been for a while. The sun was hidden behind the clouds and it just never warmed up. It was a great hike though. I felt great today!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


HIKERS: Amy, Jamie, Kim & Hopie the dog
WEATHER: 60 f, sunny

KIM'S NOTES: It is getting sunny and warm in the mornings. We go at 6:45, but the sun is over the mountain and shining on us the whole way. We went farther this morning- to the shade tree. I was sweating like a pig, but felt pretty good.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


RT TIME: 60 min.

KIM'S NOTES: Nice hike this morning. After yesterday it was nice to do something a little more gradual. Jamie was nice and stayed with me. We went all the way to the irrigation divider.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


HIKERS: Jamie, Kim, Amy, Hope the dog
WEATHER: 48 f, sunny
SUMMIT TIME: Jamie- 22 min., Kim & Amy- 24 min.
KIM'S NOTES: Jamie wins the the Energizer Bunny award again. Amy and I couldn't keep up with her. She had made it to the screen and past and was jogging back by the time we got there. (Thanks for rubbing it in Jamie ;). Amy and I did shave a minute and a half off our time from Friday though (thanks to Jamie pushing us)- there's always a bright side!

Saturday, May 29, 2010


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HIKERS: Kim, Amy, Hope
WEATHER: 66 f, warm and sunny (woo hoo)
SUMMIT: 25 min.
RT TIME: 50 min.

KIM'S NOTES: Our summer is finally here. We were actually WARM on the way up this morning! We didn't talk much on the hike because we were too breathless. It was quite a chore to make it, but we did. Definitely not our fastest time, but it is great to be back in the groove and have a schedule again. Our summer hikes are here to stay! It was inauguration day for Amy's pink hiking skirt. Such a proud day when that comes back out after a winter in the drawer...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


HIKERS: Amy & Kim & Hope the dog
WEATHER: 45 f, sunny, but with a chilly breeze (we got ear ache/headaches)
KIM'S NOTES: A beautiful sunny morning, but cold. We got 3 inches of snow yesterday and it was all melted. We did the main canyon again because we were concerned it might be too muddy.

Friday, May 21, 2010


WEATHER: 47 F, Mostly sun
TIME: 1 hour

AMY'S NOTES: Our first bike tour! We skirted the edge of Ephraim city streets proper with a short excursion onto some dirt trails on the east foothills. Thinking about "Same Old Mondays", "Bike Tour Wednesdays", and "Discovery Fridays." Or some variation of that.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


HIKE: main canyon road
HIKERS: Kim & Amy
WEATHER: chilly wind (about 49-50 f)
KIM'S NOTES: It was muddy (already stated), so we stuck to the main canyon road and it was still muddy. Good workout, however.

Monday, May 17, 2010


HIKE: New Canyon
HIKERS: Amy, Kim & Hope
TIME: not very fast
WEATHER: beautiful, sunny day in the 60's!
KIM'S NOTES: It was great to be hiking again, especially in this lovely weather we are having today! (Wish it would last longer than just today...) I got tired easily because I haven't exercised for a MONTH, but we made it to the Lone Pine marker. We are back on the trail and happy about it!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


HIKERS: Amy, Hope the dog
SUMMIT: 50 min, Petey Bishops TH
RT DISTANCE: 4.5 miles,
RT TIME: 1:30 approx

AMY'S NOTES: I love Gmaps Pedometer. It allows you to figure out all the mileage and elevations with sat images and road maps. Check it out.

Monday, April 19, 2010

SOUTHERN LOOP (via 100 E 300 E)

RT DISTANCE: 10 miles (2 Loops)
TIME PER LOOP: 26 min average

AMY'S NOTES: The great thing about going uphill is that you get to go downhill. The loop is one I used to run and is a total of 5 miles. Today I lapped it twice for a total of 10 miles.

DIRECTIONS: Starts at the corner of 100 E 100 S, south on 100 E to the end of the pavement at the Christensen Rd, then back on 300 E.


BIKERS: Amy, Brooklyn
RT DISTANCE: 16 miles

AMY'S NOTES: Started at the North Salt Lake Center St. trailhead and pedaled north. The first of 8 legs in the bike portion of the triathlon. Mile 4 brought a flat tire due to a staple, but with the help of a couple of strangers I was back up in a few minutes (thanks Alan). I did learn a few things I did not know before. I have a tube in my tire (as opposed to tubeless), compressed air cartridges are really cool, schraeder valves are old school, it takes a special tool to remove a tire, squishy stretchy pants are a good investment, and if the store you bought them at forgets to remove the anti-theft device don't try to remove it with a hammer.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


AMY'S NOTES: Let the games begin! I'm excited silly about this. I've decided to do an Ironman Triathlon, newbie style. I have 2 weeks to complete all the mileage. A local woman participated in a similar event while living elsewhere and has decided to get it started in our rural outpost of a town. Interestingly, we have a strange abundance of very athletic outdoor minded people in these parts. (One of the things I love about this place.) Despite my prodding, cajoling, and general harassment, I couldn't convince Kim to do it with me. She did, however, agree to do a handful of the legs with me. Yeah Kim! (Why is everyone not as excited about this as I am?) Tomorrow we will do 9.2 miles up Bald. I am worried about the torn acl and IT band but plan to go slow and put in the time rather than focus on speed. This will be the first significant physical effort since last fall. I think it's just what my body and soul needs, injuries included. The loose plan is to break up the mileage by day and hike rather than run to save the knee. I also plan to swim at Palisade rather than the pool because I can't stand chlorine. I have the least experience with biking, and in anticipation of a sore saddle bought a new ergonomic squishy bike seat and gel filled bike shorts, which I've always laughed at in the past. :-) I'll be using the bike I've had since college and my kayak helmet as a bike helmet. Not exactly high tech, but it will work. This is the newbie version of a tri after all.

Swim 2 legs (1.25 miles ea) @ Palisade
Hike 3 legs (9 miles ea)
Bike 8 legs (14 miles ea)

Swim 2.5
Run 26.2
Bike 112

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


HIKERS: Kim, Amy, HopE the dog
HIKE: New Canyon
WEATHER: 55 F, or so
RT TIME: 1 hour

AMY'S NOTES: To which I responded, "YES! I'd love to run away from home for the afternoon!" And so began our New Canyon afternoon adventure. We both are clearly feeling the cabin fever of winter and work.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


HIKERS: Amy, Kim, HopE
SUMMIT: 40 min.
RT TIME: 3:25 pm- 4:38 pm
WEATHER: 40 F -- way warmer than we thought it would be.
NOTES: tough conditions today. lots of mud and slushy, heavy snow. we chose the cross-country route most of the time to keep the mud from the road from building up on our shoes. It was a great work-out and a beautiful spring day.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


HIKERS: Kim, Amy, HopE the dog
RT TIME: about an hour
WEATHER: fairly cold

AMY'S NOTES: A few days of warm weather and a snow storm thrown in between made for an icy hard-packed landscape yesterday morning. Classic Utah. The signs and symptoms of the closing of winter are in the air. Hallelujah! Look closely at the picture of HopE.

Friday, March 5, 2010


HIKERS: Kim , Amy, Hopie the dog
RT TIME: 1 hour, 10 min. to Lone Pine Hill
WEATHER: nice, brisk hiking weather

KIM'S NOTES: Whew, this really got us back into the thick of it. We really felt it in our calves, so it was a good work out. Lots of melting, slushy snow, thus the mud, but a great hike. May I just stress again how great it is to get out and hike again!