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  • Event Date:
    Feb 25, 2017
  • Secure Zones: 5191
  • Registration: /Outdoor_Recreation/Adventure_Club/Signup
  • Membership: Outdoor Adventure Club
  • Location: 6200 So. Wasatch Blvd,
    UTA Park n Ride, Cottonwood Heights
  • Time:8 AM
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  • Disclaimer: I agree to participate at my own risk. I will not to hold Live and Thrive LLC, Sheryl McGlochlin, her assistants, or affiliates responsible or liable for my safety. I understand that winter hiking can be dangerous and/or strenuous. I agree to go at a pace I am comfortable with and tell Sheryl about any concerns I have regarding this activity. I agree to tell Sheryl or her assistants if I don't feel comfortable or safe with any part of this outing.  I agree to stay with the group and abide by Sheryl's guidelines for my safety and the protection and safety of others.  I understand that consulting my physician is strongly recommended if I am new to this sport or have been inactive in the past. If I am new to Sheryl's group, I agree to attend a 30 minute hiking orientation, held every Saturday in the same parking lot prior to leaving for the hike. I understand I am not obligated to hike afterward.  I understand I may communicate with Sheryl in person during this time and ask questions.  In addition I may contact Sheryl via email at sheryl@liveandthrive.com or call/text: 801-278-5313 if needed.
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Meet at our 6200 South Meeting place OR at the top of Millcreek Canyon where the gate is closed. 

I'm holding off on Little Cottonwood Canyon since the canyon has been closed a lot lately due to slides and avalanche work. 

Start gathering at 8 AM and leave the meeting place at 8:30 AM.  Finish no later than 11:30 AM.  You may always turn back at any point.  

This is a fun wide trail that is dog and children friendly!

Carpools will be arranged if you don't want to drive from our meeting place. 

There is a $3 fee/vehicle when leaving Millcreek Canyon.  Cash or Debit Card accepted.  $2 for seniors. 

Top of Millcreek Canyon at Maple Grove - This area has a few trails in this area that make it great for a beginner OR more moderate snowshoe experience. 

SNOWSHOES are required.  If you need snowshoes, you may rent them from me, if youll tell me in advance.  Text me:  801-278-5313 or leave a message. 

I have plenty of snowshoes available.  $10/pair/outing.

Who should attend?

Those who enjoy…

  • Meeting other outdoor enthusiasts
  • Exploring beautiful scenery in Utah
  • Living an active, meaningful, healthy lifestyle OR desiring this kind of lifestyle
  • Outdoor recreation

My Job Each Week: 

Paying close attention to current weather, trail, road and canyon conditions. If unstable conditions occur I may not post hiking details online.  Just come to the hike to find out where we are going.

Your Job Each Week: 

Show up and come prepared for a wonderful winter hike! Those who hike with me regularly know that I will plan and prepare a very beautiful safe outing for everyone.  They know I will be there and will tell them the details when they arrive.  They know safety is always my top priority before deciding on a particular trail or canyon.


Regardless of the weather, there is always a hike. (I have several options for hikes that don’t require entering a canyon, if that is necessary.)

On the meetup site, the RSVP count is never correct. There are more people coming than what you see.

Attend our weekly PRE WINTER Hike Orientation to learn how to be warm and comfortable on every outings.  8 - 8:30 AM every Saturday prior to leaving on the hike.

ALL winter hikes accommodate beginner AND moderate abilities.


8 AM:  Start gathering, welcome hikers, final instructions, arrange carpools as needed, any announcements.

8:30 AM: Leave for the trail

8:40 - 8:50 AM:  Arrive at the trail

11:30 AM:  Off the trail on or before this time.  You are always invited to do a short hike instead if you prefer.  Let me know at the meeting place.  If a hike is longer than 11:30 AM I’ll post it in advance.  


(Snowshoes OR spikes are required each week during the winter hiking season.)

• *AVAILABLE for RENT from Sheryl: 

• MSR Snowshoes:  $10/pair/outing or class (Used with fresh soft snow)

• Kahtoola Micro Spikes*:  $10/pair/outing (Used with packed down snow or ice)

• Zipfy Sled:  $10/outing (my favorite sledding device)

*Spikes are a “slip on over the shoe” device for traction on ice and packed snow


  • Plenty to see and do
  • Incredible get-away for a few hours every week
  • Enjoy fun, positive, friendly, active, adventurous people 
  • Variety of skill levels for all age and ability
  • Abundance of fresh air


  • Drive or carpool. 
  • When carpooling, please pay your driver a few dollars.  Keep track of your driver on the mountain.

Hiking Trail Conditions

Winter trails will either be snow packed, icy or fresh powder or a combination of everything. I will let you know in the subject line what is needed. 

Do you need snowshoes or spikes?  Bring $10 for rentals. I have rentals available.  Contact me in advance if possible or just come!

What to bring

These are just some of my favorites.  You can acquire several of these items without much money. Keep it simple and plan ahead. I can also help you prepare when we meet in person.

You don't need all of the following items for every hike, so no worries. 

My goal is to help you 1) stay warm, dry and comfortable outdoors all winter long, regardless of the weather 2) get better acquainted with types of fabrics that are best to wear during the cold winter months.

Money saving tip:  Once you get familiar with my favorite items, watch for these at outlets, closeouts, thrift stores, online garage sales/yard sales, etc. 

• Neck Gaiter - My favorite: Smart Wool gaiter

• Lotion - Utah is dry and my skin easily dries out!  My favorite: Cetaphil Lotion

• Top Thin Base Layer - My favorite: Helly Hansen Base Layer, any thin top with merino wool will be great!  Look for merino wool even at Thrift Stores for very little money.

• Balaclava (Face Mask) - My favorite: For excellent face protection.

• Warm Gloves/Mittens - My favorite: Swany, Toaster, combination glove/mitten and super warm and comfortable the ENTIRE time I am hiking, skiing, sledding, etc. 

• Hand/Toe/Body Warmers - My favorite: Wonder Warmers 

• Snowshoes* - Need a pair? I rent these - see below. My favorite: MSR Snowshoes

• Down Jacket for Skiing/Hiking - My favorite: Columbia Jacket

• Sunglasses - Definitely needed on sunny days

• Backpack - I carry a little bigger backpack to put snowshoes or my Zipfy Sled in

• Camera -  

• Water Bottle - Bring & drink water! To stay warm, drink hot water. My favorite: Hydro Flask or Mira Insulated Bottle

• Cell phone - Keep my contact info: Sheryl 801-278-5313, however cell phone coverage is not always available.

• Poles - Favorite place to buy poles: The Gear Room. I use the same $15 pair of poles for downhill skiing, year round hiking and snowshoeing

• Small Duffle Bag - Get in the habit of finding and storing an assortment of valuable winter clothing/gear in this duffle bag. 

• Hiking Shoes - My favorite: Keen for year round hiking.

• Traction while walking on ice/snow: My favorite: Kahtoola Micro Spikes*

• Socks - My favorite: Smart Wool, knee length

• Gators - For extra warmth and to keep snow out of your shoes or pants. Optional.

• Thermal Underwear - My favorite: Under Armour Base

• Hard Candy, Granola Bar, Fruit, etc. - Favorite Hard Candy: Werther's Original

• Shovel - My favorite: Voile Telepro Shovel

• Pants, Waterproof: My favorite:  Marmot Precip Pants

• Kleenex Tissues - For a nose that may not stop running!

• Lantern - My favorite: Inflatable Solar Chargeable Lantern 

• Soothing aches, pains and relaxing muscles AFTER a hike - My TWO favorites: Wonder Warmers AND hot bath with 2 cups of Epson Salt 

• Sledding - Favorite Sled:  Zipfy

Hiking Safety Tips

(This link includes hiking tips for the Grand Canyon but they apply here as well)

  • Safety is always our top priority.
  • As a member of our group you are required to abide by these safety tips and rules for the safety and protection of you and everyone in our group.
  • Never hike alone
  • Be aware of altitude - Some elevations reach 11,000 feet above sea level.  Even mild exertion may leave you feeling light-headed and nauseated.
  • Wear hiking shoes or boots with good ankle support and traction.
  • Always carry and drink plenty of water.
  • Keep your eyes open for others around you who may need assistance.
  • Stay on designated trails and away from cliff edges
  • CAUTION: Be alert!  Rocks occasionally fall on hiking trails.  If you see or hear falling rocks, leave the area quickly and warn others.
  • If you would like to do a shorter hike than what is planned, let the leader (Sheryl) know before leaving the meeting place.  Many times others would like to do the same.
  • Weather and trail conditions are monitored often and are subject to change.

Do not rely on physical strength alone, hiking smart will take you much farther. 

Use this information to hike smart.


Winter Hiking Essentials

1 Food – especially salty foods. Eat twice as much as normal.

2 First Aid Kit – bandaids, ace wrap, antiseptic, moleskin, etc.

3 Map – while many trails are well-marked, maps are helpful tools.

4 Water – plain and some with electrolyte replacement.

5 Pack – to carry the essentials.

6 Flashlight/Spare Batteries – allows you to hike out at night.

7 Appropriate Footwear - waterproof boots, gaiters to keep snow and mud out of your boots.

8 Over-the-shoe traction devices - it will only take a short and unexpected stretch of ice to make you glad you have extra traction.

9 Hiking Poles – to help with footing on icy trails.

1      Whistle and/or Signal Mirror – for emergency use, know how to use your equipment.

1      Waterproof/Warm Clothing – parka, hat, gloves for the snow and rain, plus an extra set of dry clothing – in case you get wet.


The Hazardous H


HYPOTHERMIA - A life-threatening emergency where the body cannot keep itself warm, due to exhaustion and exposure to cold, wet, windy weather.

Symptoms: uncontrolled shivering, poor muscle control, careless attitude, confusion, exhaustion (even after rest). 

Look for signs of the "umbles" - stumbling, mumbling, fumbling, grumbling.

Treatment: remove wet clothing and put on dry clothing, drink warm sugary liquids, warm victim by body contact with another person, protect from wind, rain, and cold. If re-warming is unsuccessful - seek help.

Avoid hypothermia by checking the latest weather and trail conditions, taking layered clothing for protection against cold and wet weather, eating frequently, replacing fluids and electrolytes by drinking before feeling thirsty, and avoiding exposure to wet weather.

Contact info: 

Sheryl McGlochlin

2836 East Casto Lane

Holladay UT  84117

801-278-5313 (cell for texting)

liveandthrive.com - website

sheryl@liveandthrive.com - email

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