The past few weekends of adventures have been very thought out. A lot of planning and research went into those trips and we were ready for a nice relaxing weekend. Blake and I thought a nice weekend at home would be nice, but upon further thinking we realized we would probably get bored, so we decided to go do something. We wanted to go somewhere where there was hardly a drive and that we could be alone. We talked about car camping by Mirror Lake but knew that it would be super crowded and that we probably wouldn’t even be able to get a spot. That led us to backpacking… again. We thought we might be a little crazy because we had just finished a long backpacking trip last weekend, but it also sounded really nice and relaxing to both of us. Blake opened up his Uintas map and picked a lake that looked nice; he chose Ibantik Lake. We did minimal planning and research on Ibantik Lake.
Buckskin Gulch has been on my bucket list for quite a while. Blake and his friends tried to get permits last year but weren’t able to get get enough; secretly I was happy because I really wanted to go. After that, I told him he wasn’t allowed to go without me. We talked with our friends, Aubrey and Logan, and decided that we should go. Logan got the permits a few months ago and we were ready; Thanks Logan!
As soon as we booked our trip to Kauai back in November, we bought permits to backpack the Kalalau Trail on the Napali Coast. This backpacking trip has been on both of our lists since before we were even dating. We were both super excited to be doing it together and couldn’t wait to see the amazing scenery.
Blake did this backpacking trip a couple years ago with friends and has wanted to take me back ever since. We also have a big backpacking trip coming up in May so we wanted to do a little training and thought this would be a great warm up for our next big trip. We woke up early Friday morning and headed to do Spooky and Peek-a-Boo gulch again, we’ve done these canyons before and wanted to revisit them. You can read more about those great slot canyons here. We did that hike first to kill a little time; we didn’t want to get too early of a start because the route that we chose was not super long.
In July, we backpacked in Big Cottonwood Canyon to Lake Blanche. This trail was steep and very challenging. After this trip, I wasn’t really sold on the whole backpacking thing. Blake told me that backpacking in the High Uintas doesn’t have much elevation gain. After doing some research, we agreed that Naturalist Basin would be our destination on the Highline Trail. This is located right by Mirror Lake. This is rated as a great beginning backpacking trail, so that really helped ease my worry about carrying an extra 20 pounds on my back.
A couple weekends ago, Blake and I tried our hand at backpacking. I had really been wanting to hike Lake Blanche so we chose this for our backpacking trip. This hike is pretty hard; it says it is about 6 miles round trip (I swear it is longer!). Those three miles to the lake are all uphill and actually pretty steep; about 2000 feet incline. While getting up was hard, it was well worth it to wake up to the beautiful Sundial Peak.