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Josh Hewitt

Avid traveler and photographer who loves to see new places, meet new people, and experience new things. There is so much this world can teach us, we just need to explore!

The 2021 Top Holiday Gifts For Hikers List for the Outdoor Adventurer in Your Life

getting something nice for the special outdoor adventurers in your life to enjoy next hiking season. To help you out, I have put together a list of some of my favorite hiking gear for under $100 USD. All of the gear on my holiday gifts for hikers list has been tried and tested by me first-hand, so I can personally testify to the quality and usefulness of this hiking gear. Whether your loved ones are casual hikers or hardcore back country vagabonds, you are certain to find something on this list that will bring a big smile to their face this holiday season.

The 2021 Top Holiday Gifts For Travelers List for the Special Nomad in Your Life

The weather is starting to turn cold, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and holiday music is already playing on the radio. The holiday season is fast approaching and I am guessing you are starting to put together your shopping list for family and friends. If you are like me and have a number of special people on your list who love to travel, then you will find this article especially helpful. For the past three years, I have put together a list of holiday gifts for travelers that contains what I think are some of the most creative and useful travel accessories on the market. I’ve put together this list to help shoppers like you shop for travel obsessed people like me. Well, not me specifically, but people in your lives who are as crazy about travel as I am. You get the idea.

The Definitive Reflection Canyon Trail Guide for the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

There are a number of spectacularly beautiful backcountry hikes that you can take in the Southern Utah area, but my favorite is undoubtedly the hike to Reflection Canyon in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. While it is one of the most breathtaking hikes that you will find in the area, it is also one of the most difficult. There is no marked trail to help you navigate the roughly 15-mile round trip hike thru slot canyons and deep washes, and shelter from the blistering sun is almost non-existent. That’s why I believe this trail earns every bit of the “Difficult” rating that it has been given. The awe-inspiring beauty of Reflection Canyon is definitely something that all backcountry hikers should see in their lifetime, but it is important that you are prepared for this hike before setting out. I have created this Reflection Canyon trail guide to help you with that preparation so that you can complete this hike safely and successfully.

Ten Easy Backpacking Safety Steps to Make Backcountry Hiking Safer and More Enjoyable

When I first started to get into backcountry hiking and backpacking, my family thought I was absolutely crazy. Actually, some of them still do. Each year, there are media reports of unfortunate hikers who run into trouble in the backcountry and are either lost, injured, or tragically perish. I have explained to my family that, while even seasoned and prepared hikers do sometimes have accidents in the backcountry, a majority of the tragic stories you read about concern hikers who enter the backcountry unprepared.

While it is true that no amount of preparation can completely eliminate the risks an dangers of backcountry hiking, the same can be said about virtually everything in life. No matter how vigilant we are, accidents can happen. Even with something as routine as driving a car, taking safety precautions such as wearing a seatbelt, driving the speed limit, and paying attention to the road isn’t always enough to keep us safe. However, like with driving, taking certain safety precautions while hiking in the backcountry can significantly increase the likelihood that you will complete your hike safe and sound.

The Ultimate Waterhole Canyon Guide for Visitors to the Page, Arizona Area

When people see my photographs of the incredible Antelope Canyon on Instagram, I am often asked for recommendations on when and how to book a tour. My advice is always to book early and be prepared to deal with crowds. You see, the two times I visited the canyon were well over a decade ago, and there was far less demand for tours and the crowds were much smaller. I still think Antelope Canyon is an incredible sight that you should try and see at least once in your life. However, if you are either trying to book a tour last minute or would like a beautiful canyon experience without the massive crowds, then I would suggest that you keep reading my Waterhole Canyon guide. Believe me, this breathtaking canyon won’t be a secret for long either, so this is your chance to tour it before the crowds get much larger!

Visiting Goblin Valley State Park

Today was our first full day back in Southern Utah and we wasted little time in starting to explore. Our first stop was to one of the most incredible state parks in Utah, if not the whole United States. Goblin Valley is renown for its breathtaking rock formations, and the park certainly did not disappoint.

An Overview of My Southern Utah Road Trip to Some of the Area’s Amazing Yet Under-Appreciated Gems

Since I had to push back my plans to visit the Middle East this autumn, I have decided to take another road trip out West to visit some of the lesser-known spots in Southern Utah that I have been want to visit for a while. On this Southern Utah road trip, I plan on spending some extra time to see some of the harder to reach places that I haven’t had the time to see in the past. Places like the incredible Reflection Canyon and the Rainbow Bridge National Monument in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

The Definitive Great Sand Dunes Guide for National Park Enthusiasts

Planning a road trip across the United States to visit some of the country’s beautiful national parks is a time honored tradition for many Americans, and something that draws visitors from around the world to the country each year to enjoy. The United States is filled with many beautiful park lands that showcase all different types of incredible landscapes. In my opinion, one of the most underrated national park lands in the United States is the breathtaking Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. In putting together this Great Sand Dunes Guide, I had little trouble thinking of amazing things for visitors to see and do within this unique and beautiful park.