Desert Time

Still brushing sand off my tent and picking it out of my hair, I’m not surprised I’m packing up my car less than a week after returning from Kauai. This is exactly what I’ve always wanted and amidst the stress and chaos of regrouping, planning, and last minute gear, there’s nothing but a huge smile across my face. This time I’m heading south, to the desert of Utah, for a multi-sport party of packrafting, mountain biking, canyoneering, and backpacking.

The Friluft series is my go to pack for any desert outing (or really any adventure for that matter). Lightweight, breathable, and insanely comfortable, it’s been a great asset to my outdoor exploration!

The first leg of the trip with be with Kokopelli Packraft Co. and an awesome crew of Colorado adventurers and photographers to hike Canyonlands National Park and paddle the Green and Colorado Rivers. We’ll be hitting areas like The Maze District and Stillwater Canyon, some of the most scenic and classic desert landscape in the west, in a four day, three night adventure with a healthy balance of both packrafting and hiking. The beauty of the packrafts is that they’re ultralight and ultra packable. Weighing in at just over six pounds and rolling up to roughly the size of a two man tent, these stable and durable little kayaks are perfect for the adventurous spirit. They allow us to float sections of river that wouldn’t be accessible by car opening up a whole new world of terrain.

Photo by Jim Harris

After that, I meet up with Nat Geo Adventure filmer Max Lowe and friends Carston Oliver and Joey Schusler for our ten day Southern Utah by Dirt film project. Thanks to the people at Toyota, we’re exploring the multi-sport options of this region in a badass 4Runner and hitting amazing zones like Canyonlands, Green River, Capitol Reef, Escalante, and Zion National Park. On the itinerary is mountain biking, packrafting, canyoneering, and of course hiking. It’s so incredible that only four hours from Salt Lake City we have so much accessible terrain with a variety of options for every type of outdoorsman. Excited to get out with these guys and really explore what this amazing country has to offer.

Photo by Jim Harris

 Check back for photos and blog posts of this journey and cheers to the continuation of exploration! Remember my friends, adventure always...and fun is the best!

The beginning to another trip with our guest editor and bad-ass adventurer Kalen Thorien! Enjoy!

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