Ultralight Hiking Blog

Rocky Mountain National Park Trip Report by Monica Stapleton

Rocky Mountain National Park Trip Report by Monica Stapleton

Back in 2022, I spent a summer working at Rocky Mountain National Park as a Wilderness Ranger. The work was enjoyable, largely in part due to the group of people I worked alongside and the post-wor...

Upper North Fork of the Smith River, Attempted Headwaters Run Part 4 by Nicole Smedegaard

Upper North Fork of the Smith River, Attempted Headwaters Run Part 4 by Nicole Smedegaard

My personal opinion of his trip is that actually, it was a success in many ways, although we were not able to complete the run. I also believe that an objective analysis of both incidents can attri...

Upper North Fork of the Smith River, Attempted Headwaters Run Part 3 by Nicole Smedegaard

Upper North Fork of the Smith River, Attempted Headwaters Run Part 3 by Nicole Smedegaard

This is where the final deciding accident of our trip occurred. Getting to shore felt like a must-make move since we could not see how much of the tree was in play in the class IV rapid below us. T...

Upper North Fork of the Smith River, Attempted Headwaters Run Part 2 by Nicole Smedegaard

Upper North Fork of the Smith River, Attempted Headwaters Run Part 2 by Nicole Smedegaard

At our chosen put-in location, there was a nice eddy at the confluence. I inflated my kayak in a bear's sleeping nook. There were rotten salmon fins and bones scattered about next to bear scat and ...

Upper North Fork of the Smith River, Attempted Headwaters Run Part 1 by Nicole Smedegaard

Upper North Fork of the Smith River, Attempted Headwaters Run Part 1 by Nicole Smedegaard

So you think you want an adventure. Here is a complete trip report narrative from the Upper NF Smith Headwaters attempted run on December 4, 2023. This trip came together with lots of planning and ...

Trekking for Trout on the Grand Mesa of Colorado by Hawkeye Johnson

Trekking for Trout on the Grand Mesa of Colorado by Hawkeye Johnson

The Grand Mesa is the world’s largest flat mountain encompassing over 500 square miles. Towering 6,000 feet over Grand Junction, Colorado at an average elevation of 10,000 feet it contains over 300...