I want to see what’s on the other side of the hill — then what’s beyond that.
~Emma ‘Grandma’ Gatewood, at age 67 first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (1955)
Last weekend I traveled to Moab, Utah to spend the weekend hiking with fellow Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors. Initially, I have to say I was just a tad bit nervous meeting up with hikers that I had only read about in magazines and online articles. Just a few minutes after meeting everyone, I knew it was going to be a fabulous weekend.
Will Rietveld planned and led beautiful and fun off-trail day hikes for the group. The weekend weather was cold at night, but perfect during the day. Excellent hiking conditions.
Trip Date: January 17, 2015
Distance: 7.5 miles
Elevation gain: 1750 feet
Season: Spring, Fall, and Winter
Difficulty: Moderate with some route finding
Link to Trail Head and Detailed Guide: Hiking and Walking- Culvert Canyon/Jeep Arch
The group headed out sporting a variety of favorite Gossamer Gear packs. We hiked, we talked gear, and shared upcoming trips and experiences. It was super informative and inspirational.
This weekend I used my Gossamer Gear Type 2 Utility daypack. This all season versatile pack is perfect for all types of day hikes. I especially love the fit, material, and pockets.
The loop trip lead up a scenic slick-rock canyon to a jeep shaped arch, then to expansive views of the La Sal Mountains.
After finishing our loop hike, we headed to Arches National Park to enjoy the sunset at the Windows Arch Trail.
Day 2: Peekaboo Trail – Canyonlands National Park
Trip Date: January 18, 2015
Distance: 10 miles
Elevation gain: 1200 feet
Season: Spring and Fall
Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous with some rock scrambling and route finding
Link to Trail Head and Detailed Guide: ProTrails Peekaboo Trail
I looked forward to visiting the Needles District of the park and the area did not disappoint. The terrain was gorgeous with expansive views, physically challenging, and very remote. This is a perfect area for a nice spring backpack.
The Peekaboo Trail is well-marked and diverse, but during the winter shaded rocks hold slick ice. After encountering a long icy ledge, the group decided to take an alternate route. The route maneuvered up and around ledges, a small canyon, small water pools, and breathtaking overlooks.
At the day’s end everyone met for a delicious dinner at The Moab Brewery.
I am so thankful to Gossamer Gear for making this weekend possible and for this hiking community. It is packed full of such interesting, giving, incredibly smart and driven folks.
Look for an upcoming blog post on new gear and food tips I learned from the experts.