Trail’ology: When to turn back and call it a day

We've all heard the horror stories, when summit fever occurs and a trekker refuses to turn back even though their odds of surviving (or reaching the summit) are slim. Today on trail'ology we're talking about how this relates to those of us who aren't epic mountaineers, just normal people who like to explore. Yesterday we decided to pack the kid's up and head up into the Snowy Range for a little bit of cross-country skiing. We haven't skied up Barber Lake Road yet this winter so we decided to give it a try. There was only one problem. Our adventure…

Trail’ology: Hiking Was Fun…Until I Had Kids

As parents Al and I often think how easy it would be to plop our kiddos down in front of the TV rather than to make a conscious and deliberate effort to get them outside and on the trails. So far in our trail'ology series we've discussed several obstacles to outdoor recreation. Today we're talking about parenthood and being brutally honest about how sometimes our very own children (who we love to pieces) can keep us off the trails. A few days ago we made a spontaneous road trip decision and detoured through Zion National Park at the tail end…

Trail’ology: I don’t have the right clothing and gear!

When we tell people about Just Trails they either tell us about an adventure that they had or they tell us reasons why they don't or can't get outside and explore. While the actual concept of hiking is pretty simple we're realizing that there are a lot of barriers, both physical and mental that keep some people inside. It's inspired a new blog series. Every Monday we're going to talk about one barrier to outdoor recreation and how to combat it. We're calling this series "Trail'ology" and today we're talking about gear. Sometimes outdoor bloggers do the outdoor recreation community…