Photo Favorite – Castleton Tower near Moab, Utah.

Castleton Tower near Moab, Utah. There’s just something about the still desert air and open expanses. Especially with a light blanket of snow covering it. Utah is truly a magical place. Prior to this trip I’d only been to Salt Lake City for a brief visit. All the magical places–Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand-Staircase Escalante, Arches, and much more–all lie in …

The La Sal Mountains of Utah as seen on the drive from Colorado.

Photo Favorite – La Sal Mountains from Colorado

The La Sal Mountains of Utah as seen on the drive from Colorado. I was living in Ouray, Colorado for the winter ice climbing season. On one of my rest days from the park I decided to head out of the snow and ice laden San Juan Mountains and head into Utah. The drive is absolutely beautiful leading toward the …

Rainbow over Red Rocks, just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photo Favorite – Rainbow at Red Rocks

Red Rocks, located just outside of Las Vegas is one of the few saving graces of Las Vegas. I spent quite a few weeks in the greater Vegas area, initially up there for the Red Rock Rendezvous, an annual climbing festival that takes place there (definitely worthwhile). Red Rocks itself is a pretty cool place. But Vegas definitely didn’t strike …

Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the Lower 48, California.

Photo Favorite – Mount Whitney and the Needles

Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the Lower 48 at 14,505 feet, along with the Needles peeking out in a dip in the pass. I had an amazing time climbing the East Buttress of Mount Whitney with my buddy Ryder at the Itinerant Climbers Collective. Check out this impressive video that he put together of our climb as well the …

My camp along the rim of Zion National Park, Utah.

Photo Favorite – Trans-Zion Trek (and Hitchhiking in Utah)

I decided to do the (mostly) Trans-Zion Trek while I was in Southwest Utah–hiking from the northwest corner of the park across to Zion Canyon. After two days of hiking I finally began hiking adjacent to the rim where I set up camp for an absolutely gorgeous sunset. The next day I started the descent into the canyon and it …

Riding into a sandstorm by motorbike in Mocha, Yemen.

Photo Favorite – Riding into a Sandstorm in Yemen

Riding into a sandstorm by motorbike in Mocha, Yemen. We hired a few mototaxis to drive us two hours down the beach, through the sand, with waves lapping at the tires, to go to the world’s original coffee port, Mocha (also where the name of the beverage comes from).