Utah is the ideal place when it comes to outdoor recreation. There is so much to do with so many mountain ranges to choose from that it can be overwhelming. And if you like to do things with other people but may be new to the state or not sure where to go to meet others that share the same passion for the outdoors as you do, here are some suggestions for some direction.
There is a site called Utah Great Outdoors that you can sign on for free. You will find different groups of those that share similar interests when it comes to outdoor adventures. If you have ideas for activities you’d like to do, you can suggest them or create the activity for yourself and see how many would be interested in doing it. It’s a great way to meet people and to get out for some canyoneering, camping, hiking, or climbing.
If you’re looking for a climbing partner, you can post notes up in Momentum Climbing Gym in Sandy stating what your climbing experience is and what you’re looking for as far as a climbing partner.
If you want to be more involved in preserving the climbing routes in Utah, you can join the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance. This non-profit organization is a good way to get involved and volunteer to help keep up the canyons and access to the incredible climbing along the Wasatch Mountains.
There is a free app for your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad that was launched by American Park network and Ford Motor Company called “Oh, Ranger! Park Finder™.” This is a great resource when it comes to finding parks based on favorite activities.
The Oh, Ranger! Park Finder app was created by a team of more than 50 writers and editors who also curated a searchable database of every federal and state public land in America. This is the same team that is responsible for the little green Oh, Ranger books to national parks and public lands that millions of park enthusiasts read each year.
Not only does this app have 20 different categories to choose from that include hiking, hunting, fishing, and climbing, but it will also help you plan your ventures with directions, important phone numbers, weather, lodging, and links to other related Web sites. Download the app here.
Falcon Guides has a great selection of guide books for hiking, climbing, biking, paddling, backpacking and so much more. These are excellent books to include in your pack of gear. You can get these guide books at your local Barnes and Noble, REI, Recreation Outlet and IME in Salt Lake City.
These are just a few suggestions on meeting up with some active peeps and finding some rugged terrain to cover while out on your excursions. There’s a lot of ground to cover so get out and explore!
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