News

News postings are in chronological order with the most current being at the top.

Canyonlands National Park

White Rim Trail Impassable Due to Flooding

Canyonlands National Park alerted the media on May 17th that the Green River is running high and the White Rim Trail is currently impassable. No dates were given for when it may reopen. This means that coming from the east ...
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Diver Caving

Deepest Flooded Cave Discovered

In 2016 a team of explorers used a robot to dive to new depths in the Hranicka Propast, or Hranice Abyss, a cave in the Czech Republic. The robot made it to -404 meters, or -1,325ft. So essential, the diver went ...
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Flooding this Spring in Utah?

We've received a lot of snow and rain this spring. In fact, according to the National Weather Service, we are nicely above average. But depending on temperatures, we could see some decent flooding this year. It will be interesting to ...
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/ Flooding, KSL, News, News, Rain, river, Weather

Utah Search and Rescue Documentary

If you are like me and have an interest in Search and Rescue then watch this fascinating documentary about the Utah SAR and learn how the local teams operate.  Follow these men and women as they share their personal stories and ...
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Gnats Attack on Antelope Island

Antelope Island is a great place to visit. It is often overlooked, and has cool wildlife, a nice museum, and some good hiking and camping with stunning views of the entire Salt Lake basin. But it has some uncool wildlife ...
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Congressional Debate Begins on Bears Ears and Other Monuments

The fight has started over the fate of many national monuments all over the country. They are accessing any monument over 100,000 acres created after 1996. This is a big deal, no matter which way you lean or which party ...
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Body Found in Grand Canyon.

There might be some closure to the story from last month when a 14 year-old boy and his step-grandmother went missing in the Grand Canyon. Officials announced they have found a boy's body. Still no sign of the step-grandmother. This ...
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Bears Ears…It’s Complicated

High Country News has an awesome essay by Jim Stiles, a Utah resident of 40 years, about the complexity of Bears Ears. He makes some great points about the dangers to Bears Ears that I've talked about with friends, but ...
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Dynamite Found at Washed Out Road

Here's a random find: in Idaho two cases of dynamite that had been buried were found when a road was washed out this spring. Why was there dynamite buried under a road? Read about it at KSL.com ...
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/ Dynamite, Idaho, News, News, Rain

Man Falls to Death at Dead Horse Point

A local Utah man fell to his death at Dead Horse Point over the weekend. Awkwardly ironic place to die! Read about it at ksl.com ...
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The Caving Podcast

Interested in learning about Caves?

A new podcast was just brought to our attention and we wanted to share its awesomeness with you. If you are interested in caves, exploring, or science of caves, this podcast is for you. The Caving Podcast by Matt Pelsor ...
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Public Lands Debate

The current administration (read Trump) is pushing a lot of very dramatic stuff through legislation right now. Some of it will greatly impact our public lands on a national level. I came across this article in the Adventure Journal, and ...
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/ National, News, News, Politics, Public Lands, Utah
German Fighter Plane

Boy finds WWII plane in Field

When out exploring, you too have probably found some pretty cool stuff. Why, when I was 8 years old, my siblings and I were playing in the Webb Canyon stream a mile up the mountain and found a sluice box used ...
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Zion National Park closes 13 climbing routes to protect nesting falcons

I haven't done any rock climbing in Zion but it is wasn't surprising to see climbing routes such as Angels Landing and Cable Mountain on the list. From KSL: The routes were closed Wednesday and will remain closed while park wildlife ...
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Iditarod draws fans from around the world

From the Fairbanks News Miner: The 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race had its ceremonial start in a fan-friendly atmosphere Saturday in downtown Anchorage. The 72 mushers in the race greeted fans, took pictures with them and signed autographs. And ...
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Hiker killed in high-elevation fall at Zion National Park

This is a tragic incident and reminds us that we need to use extra caution when we hike dangerous trails such as Angel's Landing. From FOX 13: ZION NATIONAL PARK – A hiker was killed in a fall at Zion National ...
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10 Mining Adventures in Davis County Utah

Davis County isn't exactly known for its mining history but there are a few mines that have caught our attention here at the Trek Planner. So we put together this list of unique mining adventures for you to check out ...
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How to Protect Your Camera Gear in Gnarly Weather

Weather happens. It rains, it snows, the wind blows. But that is no reason not to still get out. If we wait for the perfect temperature and sunlit day to finally go do something, we find that we end up ...
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Free Utah Family Activities

Tis the season for family fun. If you have kids and are looking for some fun activities that are FREE, Utah's Adventure Family has compiled a list of free things to do. Did you know you can go to Hogle ...
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/ Family, Free, museums, News, News, Utah

Poop Outdoors: 7 Ways to Get it Out

Adventure Journal has a nice article cataloging pooping outdoors. There’s pretty much one way to poop indoors: In a toilet. No real room for creativity. Or at least functional creativity. When you’re camping, though, the world is your canvas. Dig a ...
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“Attacked by snakes!” Rattlesnakes, That is.

Ok, if you haven't seen this yet, this guy put a GoPro on a hockey stick and stuck into a pit of angry rattlesnakes. The video gets really good just around the 1.5min mark. My heart was racing faster than the ...
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/ Articles, Desert, GoPro, News, Rattlesnake, Youtube
Anatomy of a flash flood

Anatomy of a flash flood

Craig Childs has an interesting essay on flash floods, inspired after the tragedy in September in Southern Utah. Most people don’t think of the desert as flood prone. But most people don’t live in the desert. Yet our strange, Roadrunner-cartoon ...
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/ Articles, Desert, Essay, Flash Flood, Flood, News, Utah

Desert Potholes in Arches Filling with Coins

“Does this look like a wishing well?” the staff at Arches wrote on its Facebook page. “While hiking in the park yesterday, park rangers came across a desert pothole with coins on the bottom. Dropping coins in a desert pothole ...
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/ Arches National Park, News, News, Utah, Vandalism
Nepal Wants to Ban Inexperienced Climbers from Everest

Nepal Wants to Ban Inexperienced Climbers from Everest

Have you, dear reader, ever considered climbing Everest? Is it a dream of yours? How much experience do you want to have before you consider attempting it? Nepal is proposing to limit climbers on Everest. One very notable point will ...
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Denali Park: Stop Posting GPS Details

Denali Park: Stop Posting GPS Details

For those of you who have been to Denali National Park and have posted GPS coordinates, stop it! Or so the Park Service requests. “If someone says this is the greatest campsite ever and then everyone camps there on a ...
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Megavalanche Alp Mountain Bike Race

They are calling this Mad Max Mountain Biking. It is no holds, anything goes, just-make-it-to-the-bottom mountain biking. Held in the French Alps July 4 - 10th. I may be sick, but I think this looks kind of fun. And here ...
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Crowding in National Parks

Crowding in National Parks

Have you been to a National Park lately? Have you noticed more people? This is a topic of great interest to us at The Trek Planner. Many a night around the fire we've discussed the issues of increasing public awareness ...
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How To Go Fly Fishing: A Quick Intro

I love fishing in the high mountains. I feel like it adds so much to the experience of backpacking. In fact, though I only learned to fly fish in 2005, I cannot remember backpacking without it. Backpacker Magazine has a ...
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Illegal Drones Still Flying Despite National Park Ban

Drones in the parks can be annoying. There a lot of people in small places all wanting that perfect shot. Out comes the drone. Avoid the crowd and just fly your camera ten feet in front of the fence. Get ...
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/ Articles, Drones, Law, National Parks, News
Second Yosemite tourist diagnosed with plague

Second Yosemite tourist diagnosed with plague

Plague in Yosemite! What? The Drudge report just picked up this story: A recent visitor to Yosemite National Park has been diagnosed with what is believed to be the plague, state health officials said Tuesday, the second such case in ...
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‘Don’t build cairns,’ BLM, national park officials say to hikers

From KSL: Cairns are rock piles used to designate or delineate trails and many national parks and public lands officials use them to give hikers guidance. However, BLM Utah spokesperson Megan Crandall said there is a growing problem of visitors ...
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/ Hiking, KSL, News, News
Jungle Gym: Can You Get Fit With Only Outdoor Workouts?

Jungle Gym: Can You Get Fit With Only Outdoor Workouts?

Alright, I have a confession. I hate gyms. For as long as I can remember I've had this antagonistic relationship with working out and going to gyms. I know I need to exercise. Especially now that I am in my ...
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Video captures intense hail, flash flood conditions in Glen Canyon

People camping in Iceberg Canyon, near Lake Powell, caught a flash flood on video. It is a great video because it captures the beginning rain, hail, the flood, and the aftermath. Posted originally on BackcountryPost.com. Take a look. KSL.com ...
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Park City man dies while running Wasatch Back Ragnar

Check out KSL's story. It looks like running can be bad for your health! Ok, that was a terrible joke. Ksl.com ...
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/ Accident, Death, KSL, News, News, Ragnar, Running

A Dictionary of Common Gear Terms

Backpacker Magazine has a great dictionary of basic gear terms. What exactly is Fill Power, or a Rand? Go brush up on your terms at Backpacker Magazine ...
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Black Bear Caught in Park City.

Park city was having some black bear problems. Sightings happen frequently, but this bear got a little too friendly. It is great to remember that Utah is still somewhat wild! Read the story at KSL.com ...
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/ Bear, News, News, Park City, Utah

KSL: Woman’s body found in submerged car

Campers heard the car crash into Quail Creek Reservoir and called the police. Read about it at KSL.com ...
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/ Accident, Car, Death, KSL, News, News, Reservoir, Utah

KSL: Utah joins lawsuit over new BLM fracking rule

Utah is suing the Federal Government over Fracking? Herbert announced Utah's intent to join Wyoming, North Dakota and Colorado in the lawsuit during his remarks Monday at the annual business meeting of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, of ...
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/ Government, KSL, Law, News, News, Oil, Utah

2 hurt hikers rescued from Rock Canyon

I just came across this news from last week. Two women were rescued on the 18th from Rock Canyon. One was injured after falling around 60ft. Read it on KSL.com ...
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/ Accident, Hiking, News, News, Provo, Utah

Little Wild Horse Canyon: A great slot canyon hike for beginners

Have you done Little Wild Horse Canyon yet? This is a great slot canyon by Goblin Valley. KSL.com just wrote a great article about it. Little Wild Horse Canyon is one of the most accessible and popular slot canyons in ...
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KSL: Man spends night in Zion after canyoneering accident

The Subway makes the news again with another accident. At least it was not a death this time. A 56-year-old man who injured his ankle during a canyoneering accident had to spend the night in Zion National Park while search ...
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/ Accident, KSL, News, News, Subway, Utah, Zion
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