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Horns Aplenty

Distilling the allure of “shed hunting” for antlers through the Utah hills

By Katherine Pioli
POSTED // Mar 28,2014 - “I never used to go hiking. It didn’t interest me,” a friend told me last week as he stood in my kitchen, hoisting up two six-point elk antlers, one in each hand. “But since I started shed hunting I’ve been on every ridge

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Swan Lake

Take the unique opportunity to observe a magnificent spring migration.

By Katherine Pioli
POSTED // Mar 11,2014 - This great influx of birds can start at any time between February and early March. It’s as if from hundreds of miles away, the swans feel the thawing of ice in this little valley and begin to fly north. As the melt starts, they appear. At first, they come in the hundreds, then the thousands. At the migration’s peak, tens of thousands of white tundra swans descend, covering the water, the land, the air.

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Women's Night at the Bicycle Collective

Demand has grown for ladies-only time to learn about and work on bikes

By Sarah Kramer
POSTED // Feb 19,2014 - In 1896, suffragist Susan B. Anthony said that bicycling “has done more to emancipate woman than any one thing in the world. ... It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence.”

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Cold Winter, Hot Pools

A chilly hike doesn't keep visitors from Diamond Fork Hot Springs

By Katherine Pioli
POSTED // Feb 4,2014 - Going to Diamond Fork Hot Springs in Spanish Fork Canyon is a rite of passage for all those who live in Utah.

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La Nada

Winter limbo still brings snow to the Uintas

By Katherine Pioli
POSTED // Jan 21,2014 - Utah’s finest powder has been a fickle creature this year. After touching us with her presence for days on end, she disappears, leaving an endless line of little yellow sun icons to glare at me from the weather forecast tab on my browser.

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Time to Escape

Experience the mysterious beauty of heading into nature without a destination

By Katherine Pioli
POSTED // Jan 7,2014 - We had started that morning from a cabin in Fishlake National Forest in central Utah, with no specific destination in mind. The idea was simply to go. For an hour, we skied out along an old logging road, coasting over hills covered with dense fir and an occasional Ponderosa.

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Recreation Resolutions

Looking toward anticipated 2014 adventures

By Katherine Pioli
POSTED // Dec 26,2013 - New Year’s resolutions aren’t typically my thing, but with so much still left on my outdoor-recreation wish list, I think it’s time to set some goals for 2014—and maybe give you some good ideas in the process.

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Solstice Stargazing

Watching for Ison in Utah's night sky

By Katherine Pioli
POSTED // Dec 9,2013 - As most of us sat down to a feast of turkey and cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving Day this year, an unimaginably large orb of ice and dust went hurtling toward our solar system’s sun.

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Restored Refuge

A look at Miller Park Bird Refuge before a needed refurbishment

By Katherine Pioli
POSTED // Nov 12,2013 - Miller Park has long been a sanctuary not just for birds, but also for city-dwellers—and their dogs—looking for a break from the city.

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City Creek Canyon

A solitary, surprising fall bike ride

By Katherine Pioli
POSTED // Oct 28,2013 - With autumnal sunlight brushing through the box elder and cottonwood leaves and gently warming my shoulders, I steered my bike through the pedestrian walkway ...
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