April brings rain, fresh flowers and hiking.
Rain hiking is excellent. I know, it’s soggy, your clothes get wet and cold… It’s not true!
Here are 10 Tips For Enjoying a Rain Hike:
1- Don’t wear cotton. It gets wet and stays wet. It get heavy and cold and awful.
2- Eat before you hike. Not a huge meal. Calories = heat. Pack a treat too.
3- Don’t stop. Keep moving.
Random Tibetan Prayer Mound above Salt Lake City. A hidden rain hike treasure.
4- Keep out the wind. A nice shell jacket is a must for the trail.
5- Use a hydration pack. Don’t expose your hands. Keep the water coming, just put it on your back.
6- Avoid vegetation constantly brushing against your legs. If you can’t, buy light rain pants.
7- Wear boots.
8- Love nature. There’s no need to brave a torrential downpour. Enjoy yourself.
9- Hot tea at the end of the trail. Provision a thermos with some hot tea as a hike treat.
10- Stretching keeps you limber and aids blood flow. Blood flow = warmth.
You may be rewarded with a vivid rainbow or elegantly drizzled spider webs. Don’t be afraid to bring your camera in a plastic bag to capture the inevitable splendor of vacant trails with hidden sights, sounds and smells.
Here’s my last rain hike find:
See, rain hikes ARE awesome
Written by staff writer: Sara Howe
Sara Howe enjoys rain hiking to and from hot springs in Utah and Idaho. Pack a suit, there’s a good chance you’ll run into her somewhere on the trail this spring.
In Utah skiing is religion. It’s not the religion Utah’s best known for, granted.
I went skiing this Sunday, sharing a chair lift with a Turkish Computer Science professor in town from Missouri with very cold fingers. This is not unusual. The Salt Lake City Visitors Bureau is funded through a tax on hotel rooms. There are 2 majors draws to Salt Lake City- the other one is skiing.
The result is package deals.
The deals includes UTA Ski Bus & Trax Light Rail fares for the days you ski
Access to all FOUR resorts in Salt Lake Cities Cottonwood Canyons
Alta (Skiers only)
Snowbird (Includes a world class Tram to Hidden Peak at 11,000′)
You Choose whether to ski 3, 4, 5 or 6 days out of 7 OR 7, 8, 9 or 10 days out of 14. The prices go down the more days you want to ski. That’s a lot of skiing.
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