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Zebra Slot Canyon

Zebra Slot Canyon

fiftyclassicsDecember 8, 20202 min read

One of the prettiest slot canyons in world, and also very accessible I love Zebra canyon, and I am especially enamored with the mystical and spherical “Moki balls” that are…

Easy Rock Climbing, Smith Rock

Easy Rock Climbing, Smith Rock

fiftyclassicsDecember 8, 20202 min read

Family friendly easy top rope climbing at the famous Smith Rock, Oregon It isn’t always easy to find a good family-friendly top roping area that has safe access to the…

Climbing Slick Rock, Lake Tahoe

Climbing Slick Rock, Lake Tahoe

fiftyclassicsDecember 7, 20202 min read

Climb at family friendly, under-the-radar Slick Rock Dome Slick Rock is a moderately steep dome out-of-sight, out-of-mind that offers moderate and easy rock climbing. There is some good top roping…

Hiking Slick Rock Dome, Lake Tahoe

Hiking Slick Rock Dome, Lake Tahoe

fiftyclassicsDecember 7, 20202 min read

Under-the-radar adventure hike to the top of semi-secret granite dome near Lake Tahoe This adventure is kind of fun to add to the list, because it’s my trail. Well, not…

Hiking Angel’s Landing, Zion

Hiking Angel’s Landing, Zion

fiftyclassicsDecember 7, 20202 min read

Simply one of the very best day hikes in the world. There are some adventures that are so great and iconic that you have to do them, no matter how…

Ebiking Bodie the Ghost Town

Ebiking Bodie the Ghost Town

fiftyclassicsDecember 7, 20202 min read

Taking the backway into Bodie from Mono Lake up the rough Cottonwood Canyon Rd. We biked into Bodie many years ago in the summer with our kids and it was…

Kayaking Lake Tahoe

Kayaking Lake Tahoe

fiftyclassicsDecember 3, 20202 min read

Paddle the Lake Tahoe Water Trail Entrance to Emerald Bay Although you need to take some care in choosing when you go because Lake Tahoe can be like an angry…

Houseboating Lake Powell

Houseboating Lake Powell

fiftyclassicsDecember 2, 20201 min read

Hike canyons, visit ruins and do some easy canyoneering. And play in the sand. One of the best young family adventures there is. Epic. Fun. Memorable. The kids in these…

Monument Valley Navajo Tour

Monument Valley Navajo Tour

fiftyclassicsDecember 1, 20201 min read

Navajo tour and hike on reservation land near Monument Valley Classic! We flew into Gouldings and I proceeding to get my plane stuck in the sand. I had pulled off…

Supremely Fun Via Ferrata Climbing at Squaw Valley CA

Supremely Fun Via Ferrata Climbing at Squaw Valley CA

fiftyclassicsNovember 30, 20203 min read

Via Ferrata, climbing assisted by steps and rungs and protected by cables is becoming more popular in the US I’ve been on rock climbing trips to Europe several times and…

Bike Ride around Lake Estes, Rocky Mountain NP

Bike Ride around Lake Estes, Rocky Mountain NP

fiftyclassicsNovember 29, 20201 min read

Gentle, easy 3.8 mile ride or hike around Lake Estes, ending near ice cream The last post I wrote was about climbing Bear Creek Spire, a difficult technical climb, so…

Bear Creek Spire Family Mountaineering

Bear Creek Spire Family Mountaineering

fiftyclassicsNovember 29, 20202 min read

A strenuous 5.5 climb up an iconic high Sierra peak. Or: How to get on an REI ad. I know. This blog is supposed to be family adventures and some…

Bush Plane Camping at Glacier National Park

Bush Plane Camping at Glacier National Park

fiftyclassicsNovember 28, 20202 min read

Camp, hike and fish at this remote airstrip/campground near Glacier National Park Schafer Meadows is a beautiful meadow with a campground and small ranger outpost station in a stunning wilderness…

Jem near Zion. Best Mountain Bike Ride in the Country?

Jem near Zion. Best Mountain Bike Ride in the Country?

fiftyclassicsNovember 28, 20202 min read

A super flowy, gorgeous, fun mountain bike ride with expansive view of Zion National Park. This comes in number two on my list of best mountain bike trails ever. Better…

EBike / Lodge Two Day Journey between Bend & Sisters, OR

EBike / Lodge Two Day Journey between Bend & Sisters, OR

fiftyclassicsNovember 27, 20203 min read

Peddle a spectacular 25 mile journey from Bend Oregon on an old railroad grade to Sisters to recharge. There just are not many ebike rides that work out like this…

Easy, Secret Rocky Mountain National Park Trail

Easy, Secret Rocky Mountain National Park Trail

fiftyclassicsNovember 26, 20202 min read

Under-the-radar, peaceful and serene. This trail is a perfect hike for the young family. Now unused, this used to be a ranger guard station. I was exhausted. I had flown…

Explore Elephant Land by 4×4 in Remote Nevada

Explore Elephant Land by 4×4 in Remote Nevada

fiftyclassicsNovember 25, 20202 min read

One of my favorite places to hike and explore – Elephant Land aka The Lava Beds I have not included many 4×4 / Jeep adventures, mainly because these adventures on…

Hike to Old Fire Lookout in Sawtooth Mountains, ID

Hike to Old Fire Lookout in Sawtooth Mountains, ID

fiftyclassicsNovember 25, 20201 min read

An under-the-radar wildflower hike with great views across to the high peaks of the Sawtooths At six miles roundtrip and 2,600 feet of gain this Horton Peak adventure is a…

Hike / Collect Obsidian at Remote Glass Mountain, CA

Hike / Collect Obsidian at Remote Glass Mountain, CA

fiftyclassicsNovember 25, 20202 min read

Hike literally on black obsidian to the edge of an ancient caldera This is a short (3 miles out and back) steep (2,000 feet) hike on a mountain with large…

Top Rope Climbing Jackson Hole WY

Top Rope Climbing Jackson Hole WY

fiftyclassicsNovember 24, 20202 min read

Easy top rope rock climbing near Jackson Hole and Grand Teton NP Rock climbing guidebooks and websites often don’t include good areas for easy top roping, appropriate for kids or…

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