Motorcycle Maintenance Tips

motorcycle_maintenanceIf you are a motorcyclist you may be wondering what some good maintenance tips are for your bike. Maintaining your bike is important to avoid accidents. However, if you need to don’t be afraid to contact motorcycle lawyers. They are experienced in motorcycle accidents in particular and can help you get what you need. In regards to maintenance tips, fear not, the American Motorcyclist Association have put out some great and helpful tips for maintaining your bike. First of all, you want to make sure and regularly change the oil. I’m sure this tip comes as no surprise to you. We hear all the time that we need to have routine oil changes for our vehicles. However this is especially true with motorcycles. It is vitally important to get an oil change when it is recommended, and make sure it is with the right type of oil. The oil in a motorcycle helps to protect the various parts that are whirling around inside at high speeds. As the quality of the oil breaks down, the changes of the parts getting damaged increases. That is why it is important to stay on top of the schedule for oil changes and to make sure you use high quality oil. You can check your owners manual for the best oil type for your particular model. Second, make sure to take time to clean the air filter. Believe it or not, a lot of stuff that enters into your motorcycle doesn’t come back out, but rather gets trapped in the air filter. That being said by having unclean air filters you can have foreign objects in there damaging your valves, internal bearings and even your cylinders. So at a very minimum follow the air filter clean schedule in your manual, but keep in mind if you live in a particular dusty area you might want to switch it out more regularly. Third, you will want to be aware of the air pressure in your tires. If you have the wrong amount not only is it dangerous, but it can also have an affect on the fuel mileage and even the handling of your bike. Use your owners manual to determine the correct psi and make sure to regularly check your tires to make sure they are where they should be for the best performance. A fourth tip for good motorcycle maintenance is to grease your bearings. This is particularly important for the steering head bearings and suspension linkage. You want to be careful when it comes to maintaining your bearings because once they start to go bad, they deteriorate really quickly. Keep up with regular checks in order to stay safe. Lastly, another tip is to protect your battery. The best way to keep your battery life strong is to charge it using a trickle charger in the down time when you aren’t using it. The best type of battery is a sealed, maintenance free so try to look for one of those.

I Am A Big Fan Of Road Trips

This is a guest post from Regina Atwood- her twitter feed is @lovepeacecanoe

I am a big fan of road trips. When one of my best girlfriends agreed to my crazy plan of five days of camping, hiking, and driving through AZ. I was downright ecstatic.

 

Coming fresh off a pharmacy conference in Las Vegas, Amanda flew into Phoenix Airport where I picked her up. We began our road trip by frantically repacking the car and heading to Flagstaff for the night.  We woke up the next morning and headed to the Grand Canyon by way of Cameron, AZ on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

If you have never driven this route to the Grand Canyon or you are deciding which route to take, drive this stretch. It introduces you to a plethora of western scenery. The pinkish blue cliffs in the distance, set behind red rock and soil of the desert make you realize why this land is both destitute and breath taking. Approaching Cameron and beyond, you will see road side stands selling everything from jerky, to jewelry, to Navajo Tacos. I say the only thing worth stopping for is the Taco.

Amanda and I stopped for lunch at a roadside stand gas station-adjacent. I asked the older Navajo woman what consisted of a “Navajo Taco”. The base is a plate size round disc of fried bread, the topping consists of ground beef, pinto beans, lettuce, diced tomatoes and cheese. We sat down and ate this feast on the side of a cold windy road, near the intersection of Rt. 89 and Rt. 64. After finishing off, pretty much the best food ever, we turned on Rt. 64 to finish up the last leg of our drive to the Grand Canyon.

On this stretch you will see more roadside stands and more beautiful scenery. There is a small canyon on a dirt turn off which you will see signs for. Stop and walk around, its a really nice place to stretch your legs.

 

We approached the GCNP at Desert View, you have to drive about 25 miles to reach Grand Canyon Village from this entrance but again the views are much better then taking Rt. 64 through Williams. Grab a map of the park at any desk/lodge/store in the whole village or the grocery store. The map also gives you a schedule of park activities and a shuttle schedule. TAKE THE SHUTTLE, it’s awesome, runs every 15 min or fewer.

Really the park is a lot of fun. Camping in Mather Campground gives you cheap lodging you bring the tent! After bunking in our Big Agnes Emerald Mountain 3P, we had sunrise coffee at El Tovar Lodge, and moseyed on to the shuttle to hike the South Kaibab Trail. You have to take a shuttle to this trailhead but the 2.7 miles offers a moderate hike and big pay off in terms of scenery. You have a good chance of seeing a line of mules bringing up/down supplies from Phantom Ranch, and friendly fellow hikers who are willing to take your picture at “Ohh Ahh” point.

Let’s skip the rest of this excursion and move on to Sedona, AZ….Oh Sedona, vortexes abound and so do weird people who want to tell you about them.

 

In any case we two punch drunk 20 something women drove through Flagstaff, veered right and took 89A, the scenic route, through Oak Creek Canyon. Make sure you have good breaks because although beautiful, this road twists and turns through a gorgeous canyon, dumping you out, tossed and awed into downtown touristy Sedona. We camped at Manzanita Campground, also ridiculously cheap. Prior reservations are necessary. The campground sits right beside Oak Creek, nearly every site is water side and very clean.

 

We had girly-margarita time at Oaxaca Restaurant on Main Street. They have a balcony with a great view, killer margaritas and insanely delicious nachos. The shops in this part of town offer aura readers, all sorts of crystals and some pretty awesome jewelry. You can have a girly shop-gasm for hours and buy absolutely nothing.

 

We returned to our campsite, started a raging fire and laughed about college, talked about our relationships, families and ate marshmallows and deserts shared with us from our neighboring tent sites.

 

Although I have spent probably hundreds of nights outside this was Amanda’s first camping trip. So far we had eaten till we popped, slept in freezing temps and almost peed ourselves laughing driving from town to town. But I diverge.

 

The next day we woke up, made some pretty awesome pancake fruity scramble, and set off to try and find a vortex. After stopping at the The Hike House we decided to hike West Fork Canyon. This hike boasts plenty of stream crossings, beautiful scenery, and ruins of house/barn/ some sort of hotel or something. It’s cool and creepy at the same time. The hike is 6 truly mild miles out and back, we finished around sunset, having decided to go back to Phoenix, and started the drive back to the city.

After spending the evening with my two wild dogs and fiancé, Amanda and I took much-needed showers and ate much-needed hot non-freeze dried food. The next day we set off to Tonto National Monument, a Native American ruin monument with paid guided tours (3$/person reserve in advance) and near total access to archeological sites. These ruins are located near Roosevelt Lake, Apache Lake, Saguaro Lake, the Snake River, and the Apache Trail, a 25-mile dirt road that will make your car cry.

 

The ruins at Tonto National Monument are very cool. There are both upper and lower ruins. The lower being a large dwelling you can see from the parking lot. A Park Ranger takes you on a guided tour to the upper dwellings where they stop often and tell you about flora, fauna and history. Much of the hike is sun exposed. My fiancé, Amanda and I had a great time walking among the ruins and taking pictures. My fiancé Brad is over 6’5”, I am 6’1”, we estimate average height of the Native Americans who built this site to be 5’5”…we bonked our heads more then a few times.

 

Visitors have near total access to the site, where you can still find, over 800 yr old, pottery fragments, cotton string, and roasted corn cobs. Now vultures use the site to roost and safely raise their young, who leave rodent bones everywhere. It’s pretty awesome. If that sort of stuff doesn’t gross you out.  We left the site to head back to Phoenix and decided to take a “short cut”.

 

You can access Tonto National Monument from multiple directions, you can go through Tonto Basin or you can take the Apache Trail through Apache Junction and cut mileage, but not time, off your trip. I suggest doing both which offer completely different scenery.

 

The Apache Trail is nearly all dirt, rocky, and not well maintained: You have been warned. You do have a chance to see beautiful water views, tarantulas, and towering saguaro so really it’s worth it. This also offers you access to Apache Lake, and gorgeous, cheap campsites.

When my fiancé and I moved to Phoenix we did this road in our 2005 Scion XA, our “jelly-bean” as we called it. Before we did the road again we had purchased a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander, a much better car to explore this road on. It took us well over an hour to complete the road and hit Apache Junction. Leave yourself plenty of time, especially if you don’t have experience driving this type of road. We landed in Phoenix and the next day Amanda left to return to our home state of Maryland.

 

I’m sure you can surmise how our trip went emotionally, you’ve seen the movies, read the books. We weren’t going to go all “Into the Wild” or “On The Road” but we certainly had fun, and were able to shed a bit of the pressures of home for a few days. Arizona can be both lush and desiccated within minutes walking distance; you have to lose yourself for even a few moments to truly appreciate this landscape.

 

In our few day excursions we were snowed on in Flagstaff, experienced icy cold in the Grand Canyon, had warmer days in Sedona, and got a tan in Tonto National Forest. Two girls conquered a chunk of the Wild West and ate tons of marshmallows doing it.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter activities in Jackson Hole

jackson holeWelcome to beautiful Wyoming and the fantastic scenery of Jackson Hole. You’ve come for the fun and excitement offered here for all winter time enthusiasts.

Just think of all the fun you’ll have on the thousands of acres of skiable area surrounding the Jackson Hole hotels and resorts. You’ll find nearly 400 acres right next to the town of Jackson and over 4000 acres just 12 miles away at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. That includes a large sway of in bounds and back country area. Plenty of lifts are also there to get you up where you belong – on the slopes!

Fine dining and carousing await any traveler in the town bars and saloons. Prepare yourself for a night of line dancing, drinking, social highlights and more as you wind your way through these numerous, and reputable, locations. You’ll never want for things to do while in town or on the mountainsides. Also, if you are feeling a little lazier than the average skier, than consider taking a break and enjoying a slow morning with a cup of hot cocoa or a comfortable evening sleigh ride snuggled up with a partner. You’ll discover that there is no end to the fun and life-enhancing experiences found in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Then you stop and think: sometimes, despite it being a vacation from life, we’ve brought the children along for the ride. Worst off, you dragged then with you, but forgot to make a few destination stops for them. Have no fear because Jackson Hole is packed with excitement for them too. Consider the following options of things to do with the little bambinos while in the area.

Stop by the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum. It contains plenty of interesting fun for the kids. Until the end of December they feature a river exhibit which is comprised of a large tank filled with the local aquatic life. You’ll even see the rare blue cutthroat trout that is indigenous to the area. During the winter months the museum sports a Snow Patrol exhibit with hands on fun like the drivable snowplow, mock pro-skiing, and a model of ski resorts. There’s even a club house with cooking and other activities on Saturdays.

Like the adults, of course, the children are welcome to join in the skiing and other winter sport fun. With milder slopes available for beginners and more advanced slopes for the experienced downhill runners, the kids can be safely entertained, and get exercise, right nearby. They can ice skate in the local rinks, snowshoe along the winter trails and creeks, go snow tubing, and take a sleigh ride through the elk herds.

Naturally after all that fun, they like yourself will be hankering for some grub. Luckily with the resorts, Jackson Hole hotels, and local diners, your crew will be maintained and more through top notch local cuisine and good old fashioned American grilling (yep, we mean hamburgers ’cause what kid wants a fancy meal?). These family friendly dining locals will make sure you are fed and content every day.

Into the Mind Film Trailer

Apparently now is the time that everybody releases their skiing videos, I guess I should have assumed that. They all find a way to seem unique and get me excited, but I’m a sucker for trailers of any kind so I guess that’s not saying much. Sherpa’s Cinema put this one together, the same guys who made “All.I.Can,”- the now famous video of JP Auclair skiing down side streets.

This new video was shot in Alaska, Costa Rica, Himalayas, Canada and Bolivia. It boasts some amazing cinematography and effects- the film will come out in Fall 2013. So for now, we must wait.

Russian Donut Raft is Christened

You’ve got to hand it to the Russians for ingenuity, and perhaps temporary insanity.  This video of a boat that looks like….nothing I’ve ever seen before. I wish I was more clever, but this thing takes its travelers for an intense ride to say the least. My favorite parts are at 3:08-3:22 and 4:20-4:30. If you’re not a fan of getting wet, do not under any circumstances use this……raft, I guess that’s what it would be called. The music in the video is also pretty epic, reminiscent of James Bond 007 for Nintendo 64. The river is the Argut and is a fairly dangerous one at that. This clip was filmed in 2003 and is full of surprises and moments where you think the rafters must have drowned. The raft is called the Bublik-

Stuck Between an Elk and a Hard Place

This is guest post by Brad Colburn, you can connect with him on twitter 

If you’d asked me three years ago if I thought I would come face-to-rack with an elk I would have laughed in your face.  At the time, I was living in Baltimore City and teaching in one of the toughest schools.  The prospects of seeing wildlife of any sort – outside of squirrels and rats – was unfathomable.

Well, life sure has a funny way of thrusting you deep into the unknown.  Three years later my fiancé and I are frozen in our tracks.

Why?  We inadvertently stumbled into the path of a herd of Elk.  From one cow’s body language she was none too thrilled…and that wasn’t the first peeved elk we came across that cold October night.

So, how’d we get to that magical moment?

Two days prior, I touched down at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport after a grizzly 5 hour flight from Maryland.  Regina nabbed me at baggage claim and we headed back to the apartment she’d started to settle into already.  Regina accepted a job in management at a top outdoor retailer in Phoenix back in August.  I still had some loose ends to tie up back in Maryland, so she drove cross country to the Valley of the Sun knowing full well that our adventures would begin soon.

The next morning after a bacon-infused breakfast we began to pack for our first adventure; an overnight trio to The Grand Canyon.  I never really had the chance to see The Grand Canyon.  My trips as a child were limited to the Eastern seaboard.  I was used to lush wooded areas and the Appalachian Mountains thirsty for hikers.  This trip to the canyon was going to be something.  I wasn’t expecting it to be overwhelming.

The drive to Grand Canyon National Park is a healthy 5 hours from Paradise Valley, Arizona.  You’ll rarely get bored during this trek.  Arizona is unique in this way.  If you start in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area – like we did – you’ll go through a small stretch of urban areas. The next thing you know, saguaro cacti are whizzing by your car window as the High Desert welcomes you.  For those not in a region where cacti are prominent, they’re like your ordinary tree. Except they hurt…a lot.

On a side note…the arms on a saguaro cactus act as an age verifier like the rings on a tree.  It takes 75 years before a saguaro cactus will grow an arm.

For several hours, those saguaro arms point you in the direction of GCNP.  But before you get there, you will enter scrub brush country.  This is the classic “cowboy” area.  Random cattle rustlings are a very real possibility.  We’ll save that story for the next article.

Once you claw your way through the scrubs, you’ll eventually reach civilization in the form of Flagstaff.  Flagstaff is worthy of a series of journal entries, and time may tell if we get to them.  For our purposes, we visited a small trail shop called Peace Surplus.  Some gear stores are very streamlined.   This place?  The exact opposite…and that’s why I liked it.  No matter how tidy you keep your gear it’s going to get messy and jumbled.  You’ll have to scramble around to find your headlamp for that midnight cat hole run on day three of a long weekend excursion. Going to Peace Surplus is like getting lost in the Narnia of Gear.

Another noteworthy thing about Flagstaff is that it’s the last chance you’ll have to reasonably fuel up before making the last leg of the GCNP journey.  Gas and food prices increase as you approach the Canyon.

After we fed the Scion, we ventured north. Around Flagstaff is where the desert and scrub turns to forest.  At this point in the journey I started feeling more at home.  I was looking out at trees, greenage, and government-controlled forest fires.

As quickly as it appeared, the cleansing fire’s smoke disappeared.  It was almost like a velvety purple curtain had been lifted, because just within the line of sight was our pinnacle; Grand Canyon National Park.

I can’t put into words the buzz in the car as we received our tourists map and instruction from the park rangers at the tollbooth.  We barely heard what they said as we pulled off towards our lodge.  Once we checked in we grabbed a quick lunch and a nap. The elevation change from Phoenix can really effect you.

I barely slept.  I had been dreaming about this moment since I was in grade school learning about this mile deep wonder.  I hurriedly gathered myself for the night and we were out the door.

We arrived at the South Rim just in time to enjoy the last precious moments of sunset. The Canyon resembled a dusky blue and purple ocean with scattered whitecaps kissed by the sun.  Even in the low light, I was awestruck.  Just knowing what was in front of me was enough to take my breath away.

We continued to stroll along the South Rim and came around to the side of the El Tovar Lodge.  As we turned the corner, we saw flashbulbs and hushed excited chattering.  We soon realized what had everyone’s attention.

We were standing five feet away from a behemoth of a bull elk.  He stood about six feet tall at the withers and had a rack about as big across.  We lost count of the points.

For an outdoors adventurer just starting to dig into Arizona, this creature was majestic.  More people with their cameras began to appear and the elk was beginning to show signs of aggression.  We decided to make our exit and continue exploring the south Rim.  We took up a trail that wound around the eastern side of the rim out of the way of man made lights and distractions.  One magical moment switched my mindset over from East coast to Arizona in an instant.

As we continued on the moonlit trail, the wind started to pick up.  We drew our hoods tight and trudged on.  Out of nowhere, we heard someone whisper loud and harsh off to our left.  We looked at each other, and then gazed ten feet over to the canyon ledge.  A gust of wind had swooped through the canyon.  With whatever currents fly through the canyon, the gust of air was pushed upwards and out with such a force that it resembled human speech.

Immediately after that, we heard the bugling of elks.  If you’ve never heard this sound before…well…you need to experience it.  It’s the bluegrass equivalent of animal noises:  the elk’s bugle is high and lonesome.  Once you hear it, you are transported to another world.

At this point I had more adrenaline coursing through my veins than a hiker on his last gas.  We made our way to dinner.  We could barely talk about anything other than the night’s events.

We had no idea that breakfast the next morning would top that by leaps and bounds…

Camp Cooking- Tin Foil Dinners

Every year growing up I would go camping up past Park City with my Dad and some of our neighbors. It was just a quick over night trip that lended itself to a more laid back camping experience.  There wasn’t any backpacking into the site it was all very easy and was a perfect way to introduce me to the great outdoors.

One of the things I looked forward to most every year was that first day dinner of something called Hobo dinners or tin foil dinners. They’re awesome, and super easy with minimal ingredients and cooking prowess. Here’s how it’s done.

Ingredients-

  • Hamburger Meat
  • Vegetables of Choice- usually carrots and potatoes
  • Salt or any seasoning you want
  • Tin Foil

The great thing about these is that you can put in any amount of vegetables and meat you want, there’s so much freedom! You can also season it however you want, the steps are super simple-

1. Lay a piece of tin foil flat

2. Form the size of the hamburger patty you want and lay it on the foil

3. Season your meat

4. Add sliced vegetables of choice- potatoes, carrots, onions, etc.

5. Wrap the tin foil around your ingredients

6. Place in camp fire after the fire has died down and there are some good coals

7. Wait and and then eat!

My family sometimes puts ketchup on the condiments after it’s done cooking. So I am actually really hungry after writing this post. If you have any questions let me know!

Few Words- Candide Thovex

Ski legend Candide Thovex’s new movie Few Words debuted recently after much anticipation. It’s more or less a documentary about Candide’s life while including some incredible footage of the man himself. The french native has a long storied career, including battling a broken back a few years ago. The Quik Silver video got a lot of hype after the trailer below was released. They will be announcing North American tour dates on their facebook page. The DVD will be released in December so get ready!

National Geographics Top Adventurers of 2013

It’s getting to the end of the year when everybody is coming out with lists of the best whatever and so on; so if you spend time to vote for anything this year make it the Top Adventurer. The polling goes through National Geographic but here is the list and a quick synopsis of what they’ve done.

1. Felix Baumgartner- Clearly the most well known of the top ten but just to recap- Baumgartner jumped from a small helium balloon 128,100 feet, or about 23.5 miles. He became the first human to break the sound barrier without mechanical help-ever.   Delivering one of the best quotes of 2012 he said- “I wish the whole world could see what I see,” said Baumgartner. “Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you really are.” Full interview here

2. Renan Ozturk- Artist, film-maker, and mountain climber- Renan Ozturk has been documenting trips for quite some time. Recently he and two others were the first to ever climb Mount Meru aka the Shark Fin- in the Himalayas. Meru is viewed as a religious symbol of the center of the universe and had never been successfully climbed along the steep ascent. In 2008 Ozturk attempted the climb and documented it only to be forced to turn back 150 meters from the top. He returned in 2011 and finished the climb, scaling the sheer cliff and going down in the history books.

3. Steve Fisher- A native of South Africa, Fisher became the first ever to navigate through the legendary Inga rapids in the Congo- the most difficult rapids in the world. Second only to the Amazon river as far as volume is concerned, the Inga is also in the war torn country of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A group of seven adventurers had attempted the rapids in 1985 but disappeared- either because of the river or perhaps being caught in the crossfire.

4. David Lama-  The mountain of Cerro Torre in Italy has quite a history- saturated with controversy stemming back to Cesare Maestri who put in many bolts on the mountain and launched the issue of ethical climbing behavior. No one has ever been able to climb the peak without the help of Maestri’s bolts until David Lama. At the spry age of 22 Lama free climbed the mountain.

5. Mike Libecki- This guy has a whole slew of firsts and adventures that he accomplished this year- here they are in rapid fire succession.

  • First ascent of Borneo’s West Kalimantan
  • Snowboard in Afghanistan’s (that’s right Afghanistan) Koh-e Baba Mountains and then kite skied over some mountain lakes.
  • Stand-up paddleboarded in Franz Josef Land, right by the North Pole- paddling in between islands and climbing mountains solo that had never before been climbed.
  • Made a new climb on a granite mountain on Greenland’s coast.
  • He is currently heading to Antartica to climb more stuff that has never been climbed before

This guy loves the adventure and the unknown,  his favorite saying is:

“Death and/or old age is coming…..we must live sweet.
The time is now. Why ration passion?
Dream big…..and climb those dreams.
After all, it is not only life, but the quality of this life.”

6. Lizzy Hawker- Trail runners, I give you your Michael Jordan, Mohammad Ali, and or Jackie Robinson of running. Hawker recently ran the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc; it’s a French race if you couldn’t tell. It’s a 103- mile race that puts runners traveling through the mountains of France, Italy, and Switzerland.  Oh ya, and she won it- five years in a row- which as you probably have guessed by now is unprecedented. Last year she set the world record for women’s distance run in a 24 hour period with 153.5 miles.

7. Josh Dueck– This story is more about just being the first to do something, it’s about not letting a disability slow you down. Dueck became a parapalegic after a skiing accident- refusing to let that stand in his way Dueck became a pioneer in a new sport. This year he became the first person to do a back flip in a sit-ski.

8. Shannon Galpin- Mountain biker and humanitarian Galpin has been bringing attention to woman’s rights in the war-torn country of Afghanistan. Teamed up with a group of photographers, she is a voice for change using art and photographs. She is also the founder of Mountain2Mountain, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding woman’s rights and oppurtunities for education. Galpin has taken advantage of bike riding and rode 140 miles in the Panjshir Valley to raise money.

9. Jeremy Jones- For years Jones has been an inspiration to snowboarders and skiiers alike for his innovation and seeming fearless desire to push his sport farther. He has now become the face of backcountry snowboarding, making several films and founding his own company dedicated to the sport. Jones took these risks in 2009 and now they are starting to pay off, the sport is growing thanks to the help of two films he put out Deeper, and Further. Always pushing the envelope, Jones is the face of backcountry snowboarding.

10. Ramon Navarro- Chilean surfer Navarro rode what he and many others are calling the perfect wave, this past summer in Fiji. His ride is being deemed the best tube ride ever, and even though I could describe it to you- the video below is way better.

 

I personally don’t know who I’m gonna vote for, with so many history making accomplishments it’s hard to say but if you want to vote click here, oh and you can vote everyday. The competition is run through national geographic and if you want more info about the nominees or honorable mentions you can go here. http://goo.gl/vMJYg

St. George and Outdoor Winter Climbing

For all you enthusiasts and beginners alike looking for some last good outdoor climbing before the winter really gets dirty may I suggest St. George. While we were there we met some Canadians who had made the trip to enjoy the warm weather. The geographic location of the city is what makes St. George such an ideal spot for climbing or just vacationing in general. It sits in southwest Utah, just a short drive from Las Vegas in case you want a temporary break from the outdoors.  It enjoys the red rock formations and warm weather, characteristic of that area of the country.

Oh and one more thing, everything is so close together! We stayed there for just one night and were able to go to three different spots while never having to drive for more than twenty minutes. A lot of these spots are pretty accessible and do get a lot of traffic but that’s why you go in the late fall/winter!

For those of you that have not yet experienced the goodness that is St. George, here are some cool spots you can go for your first time.

1. Pioneer Park Slot Canyon- Now for those of you who have been to St. George, I know what you’re thinking, Pioneer Park is more of a family friendly park then a good climbing spot, but hear me out. In the park there is a slot canyon on the northeast side that widens near the base and that is where you can climb. There are about three or four routes that are all fairly challenging. However, the great thing about these routes is that you can climb around to the top if you aren’t comfortable top roping.

Bottom view of corner climb shown from above in previous photo. Bolts visible.

2. Chuckwalla Wall- This has got to be one of the most popular climbing sites in St. George. There are a lot of routes and a wide range of difficulty- therefore it gets a lot of traffic and most of the holds are pretty chalked. If this is on your list of places to climb, now is the time to go. It was just us and one other group climbing while we were there, and it was about 60 or 70 degrees the entire time.

3. Black Rocks-  This was our third and final stop but it was legite nonetheless and definitely worth a visit. Black Rocks is a nice break from most of the climbing in St. George because it’s not sandstone. It also has the widest variety of difficulty of any of the sites we visited. I’m pretty sure the rock is basalt and the area has a shady side and a sunny side, routes range from a 5.7-5.13’s. It readily satisfies many different levels of expertise.