Outdoor Life

The Search For Summer's Skiing Substitute

The Search For Summer’s Skiing Substitute

By Jared Hargrave “Why We Should Have a Winter Vacation Instead of a Summer Vacation.” That was the title of a grade-school essay I wrote as a young lad growing up in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Back then, when my peers were frothing at the mouth to escape locker-lined hallways and life controlled by morning and […]

Local Secrets and the Outdoor Writers Scourge

Local Secrets and the Outdoor Writers Scourge

                                              I know about an amazing mountain bike trail in the Wasatch, somewhere between Mount Nebo and Ben Lomond Peak. It’s classic Utah singletrack – sticky, shaped dirt, banked turns, with old-growth pines […]

#yurtlife

#yurtlife

Simplicity. I think there’s something to be said about living a simple life, so I often wonder if I was born in the wrong decade, hell, maybe even the wrong century. Those Luddite thoughts always seem to bubble up when I’m on a backcountry yurt trip. For me, staying a night or two at a […]

Waxing Poetic and the Curse of Pre-Season Wet Dreams

Waxing Poetic and the Curse of Pre-Season Wet Dreams

I’m on the verge of a massive climax. Yea, I’m about to make a cliché, sexual innuendo about winter and more specifically, skiing, but the anticipation of the coming season feels eerily similar to sexual frustration, and therefore, cliché appropriate. Each fall, I get as jittery as a teenage boy beneath the sheets with his […]

Finding the Excuse for a Shower Beer

Finding the Excuse for a Shower Beer

My friends were incredulous. There we sat, gathered on my back patio for what is absolutely a summer-time necessity (the copious consumption of beer and barbecue) when the subject of shower beers somehow bubbled up amongst our usual dithering of, well, beer drinking, mountain biking and the finer points of combining the two. It was […]

The Silly Self Importance of Strava

The Silly Self Importance of Strava

I don’t race my mountain bike. Sure I’ve participated in a handful of organized races, mostly of the 24-hour relay variety, but I paid my entry fees more for the socializing between laps (read: beer) and swag at the finish line (read: free beer) instead of any competitive desire to win, or even rank for […]

Does the Outdoorsy Vehicle Make the Outdoorsy Man?

Does the Outdoorsy Vehicle Make the Outdoorsy Man?

I’m on the market for a new car. But as a card-carrying outdoorsy man who bleeds singletrack dirt and climbing chalk, it can’t just be any set of wheels. My future automobile must further entrench me in the clichéd outdoorsy culture. But while trolling the interwebs and dealer lots for the most dank-gnar, Thule-rack-covered car […]

Outdoor Life-Utah's State Flag Sucks

Outdoor Life-Utah’s State Flag Sucks

  Utah’s state flag sucks. Now, you may be asking why on earth I should care about our state flag enough to write about it in an outdoor-recreation magazine. Well, because Colorado’s state flag is awesome, and that pisses me off. Allow me to explain: I’m a Colorado native, and lived around Colorado’s flag from […]

A Well Kept Home is a Sign of a Wasted (Outdoor) Life

A Well Kept Home is a Sign of a Wasted (Outdoor) Life

“The cat peed on the carpet again!” My wife’s disgusted voice echoed up from the basement as I gathered my mountain bike helmet and gloves, reminding me of the fact that we needed to tear the whole floor out thanks to an incontinent, old long-hair with a sudden aversion to anything even resembling a box […]

Kicking the Running Habit

Kicking the Running Habit

  “Buuuuullllllllls**t. In 3 days you’ll sign up again.” Those likely prophetic words were a comment written by my friend Jason, posted on Facebook immediately after I announced my retirement from running. I had just completed my third leg of the Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay on an Ultra Team consisting of six guys running 197 […]

Brotherhood of the Traveling Sunglasses

Brotherhood of the Traveling Sunglasses

“This is why I don’t buy expensive sunglasses,” I said to myself as I activated the flashlight app on my smartphone. It was a desperate situation, made worse by my groveling on the nasty floor of a movie theater, on my knees, crawling over sticky, spilled soda. I was in this compromised position because I […]

The Noble Pursuit of a Favorite Mountain

The Noble Pursuit of a Favorite Mountain

Beer consumption in a frozen ski resort parking lot creates a wild opening from which springs a plethora of mountain-themed debates. Combine an alpine view, camp chairs, and a cooler packed with suds, and you’ve got a worthy setting for tailgate meditation. Such was the case on a recent trip to Alta, where post-skiing brews […]

The Stoke of Annual Ski Movie Tradition

The Stoke of Annual Ski Movie Tradition

  Every year as the air gets colder, skies turn gray, and snow is so close to falling you can smell it, a tradition spanning generations is carried out in mountain country. This important ritual involves hundreds of people gathering together in a large room filled with rows of chairs that face a giant, white […]

Gear Envy- Gateway to Fancy Accoutrements Addiction

Gear Envy- Gateway to Fancy Accoutrements Addiction

“Ignorance is bliss.” This famous quote can be applied to many things in life, like fixing that bad engine noise by simply turning up the car stereo. But in outdoor life, the quote can work equally well while dreaming about new, expensive gear that we all want in a salivating-frenzy-kind-of-way, but don’t really need (and […]

The Art of Running Avoidance

The Art of Running Avoidance

I don’t run, never have and never thought I would. I took pride in that statement, as if running was beneath me and my egocentric skier, mountain biker and rock climber image. I thought to run was to be a pedestrian, and I scribed an arms-length of reasons not to lace up a pair of […]