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Winter/Spring Hiking: What to Bring

Sheryl McGlochlin - Friday, March 10, 2017

What to bring - MY Favorite things...

These are not all required, just some of my favorites.  You may acquire several items without spending 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, wet 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

Staying safe in the Outdoors over Labor Day OR anyway!

Sheryl McGlochlin - Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Click on theses links to learn more about being safe outdoors year round!

How to be safe while playing outdoors year round

5 survival tips for hiking in the wilderness

6 Ways to be prepared for an emergency

Directions to the Meeting Place

Sheryl McGlochlin - Monday, August 24, 2015

From I-15, take I-215 Eastbound toward the ski resorts

Get off at 6200 So. Exit (also the ski resort exit)

Stay in the middle exit lane which goes east up the hill before bending to the south.

Get in the LEFT turning lane of this first big intersection.

Before the intersection notice the sign: "6200 So. Park n Ride"

If stopped at the intersection, look to your LEFT and notice the large parking lot. That's where we meet. 

To enter the parking lot, turn left on Wasatch Blvd at the intersection, then left  again into the parking lot. 

Turn left again IN the parking lot and drive to the far south end of the parking lot.

NOTE:  If you miss the turn at the 6200 South Wasatch Blvd intersection and continue south, the next intersection will be the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Fort Union Blvd (7000 So.) Wasatch Blvd. FYI: notice the 7-11 gas station.  Turn around and come back.

Sometimes there are some large white vans parked next to where we meet.  

Call my cell:  801-278-5313 if necessary. 

99 Reasons why you should Hike...

Sheryl McGlochlin - Monday, August 24, 2015

99 Reasons why you should Hike


By James A Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM, Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., FACSM, and Jerrry Napp, M.S. 

American College of Sports Medicine

  1. Helps you to lose weight- especially fat weight.
  2. Increases your level of muscle strength.
  3. Increases your maximal oxygen uptake. (VO2max - perhaps the best measure of your physical working capacity).
  4. Enhances sexual desire, performance and satisfaction.
  5. Improves posture.
  6. Reduces the risk of heart disease.
  7. Improves your body’s ability to use fat for energy during physical activity.
  8. Can help relieve the pain of tension headache.
  9. Improves the likelihood of survival from a myocardial infarction (Heart attack).
  10. Improves the functioning of your immune system.
  11. Helps to preserve lean body tissue.
  12. Reduces your risk of developing hypertension (high blood pressure).
  13. Increases the density and breaking strength of ligaments and tendons.
  14. Improves coronary (heart) circulation.
  15. Increases circulating levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
  16. Reduces circulating levels of triglycerides.
  17. Helps to maintain weight loss – unlike dieting, alone.
  18. Can help improve short-term memory in older individuals.
  19. Reduces your risk of developing type II (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes.
  20. Helps relieve many of the common discomforts of pregnancy (backache, heartburn, constipation, etc.)

  1. Reduces your level of anxiety.
  2.  Helps control blood pressure in hypertensives.
  3.  Increases your level of muscle endurance.
  4.  Reduces vulnerability to various cardiac dysrhythmias. (abnormal heart rhythms)
  5.  Increases the density and breaking strength of bones.
  6.  Assists in efforts to stop smoking.
  7.  Helps to boost creativity.
  8.  Lowers your resting heart rate.
  9.  Slows the rate of joint degeneration in people with osteoarthritis.
  10.  Helps you overcome jet lag.
  11.  Helps the body resist upper respiratory tract infections.
  12.  Increases your anaerobic threshold, allowing you to work or exercise longer, at a  higher level, before a significant amount of lactic acid build up.
  13.  Reduces medical and healthcare expenses.
  14. Improves ability to recover from physical exertion.
  15. Increases ability to supply blood to the skin for cooling.
  16. Increases the diffusion capacity of your lungs, enhancing the exchange of oxygen from your lungs to your blood.
  17.  Helps speed recovery from chemotherapy treatments.
  18.  Provides protection against injury.
  19. Reduces the viscosity of your blood.
  20. Increases the thickness of the cartilage in your joints.

  1. Helps you to more effectively manage stress.
  2. Helps you sleep easier and better.
  3. Helps you to maintain your resting metabolic rate.
  4. Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.
  5. Increases your tissues’ responsiveness to the actions of insulin (i.e., improves tissue sensitivity for insulin) helping to better control blood sugar, particularly if you are a type II diabetic. 
  6. Reduces the risk of developing prostrate cancer.
  7. Expands blood plasma volume.
  8. Helps to relieve constipation.
  9. Reduces your risk of having a stroke.
  10. Helps to alleviate depression.
  11. Helps you maintain proper muscle balance.
  12. Increases your ability to adapt to cold environments.
  13. Helps to combat substance abuse.
  14. Helps to alleviate certain menstrual symptoms.
  15. Lowers your heart rate response to submaximal physical exertion.
  16. Helps to alleviate low-back pain.
  17. Helps to reduce the amount of insulin required to control blood sugar levels in type I (insulin-dependent) diabetics.
  18. Improves mental alertness.
  19. Improves respiratory muscle strength and muscle endurance – particularly important for asthmatics.
  20. Reduces the rate and severity of medical complications associated with hypertension.

  1. Helps you to burn excess calories.
  2. Increases your cardiac reserve.
  3. Improves your physical appearance.
  4. Reduces the risk of developing breast cancer.
  5. Increases your stroke volume (the amount of blood the heart pumps with each beat).
  6. Improves your self-esteem.
  7. Reduces you susceptibility for coronary thrombosis (a clot in an artery that supplies the heart with blood.)
  8. Helps you to relax
  9. Offsets some of the negative side effects of certain antihypertensive drugs.
  10. Improves mental cognition- a short-term effect only.
  11. Maintains or improves joint flexibility.
  12. Allows you to consume greater quantities of food and still maintain caloric balance.
  13. Help prevent and relieve the stresses that cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
  14. Protects against “creeping obesity” (the slow, but steady weight gain that occurs as you age).
  15. Makes your heart a more efficient pump.
  16. Increases your productivity at work.
  17. Reduces your likelihood of developing low-back problems.
  18. Improves your balance and coordination.
  19. Improves your glucose tolerance.
  20. Gives you more energy and vigor to meet the demands of daily life, and provides you with a reserve to meet the demands of unexpected emergencies.

  1. Decreases (by 20 to 30 %) the need for antihypertensive medication if you are hypertensive.
  2. Helps to retard bone loss as you age, thereby reducing your risk of developing osteoporosis.
  3. Helps reduce and prevent the immediate symptoms of menopause (e.g., hot flashes, sleep disturbances, irritability) and decrease the long-term risks of cardiovascular disease osteoporosis and obesity.
  4. Helps to relieve and prevent migraine headache attacks.
  5. Reduces the risk of endometriosis (a common cause of infertility).
  6. Reduces the level of abdominal obesity—a significant health- risk factor.
  7. Helps decrease you appetite - a short-term effect only.
  8. Improves pain tolerance and mood if you suffer from osteoarthritis.
  9. Reduces work days missed due to illness.
  10. Enhances your muscles’ abilities to extract oxygen from your blood.
  11. Helps you to maintain an independent lifestyle.
  12. Improves your general mood state.
  13. Helps to increase your overall health awareness.
  14. Reduces the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.
  15. Improves your overall quality of life.
  16. Improves your decision-making abilities.
  17. Improves athletic performance.
  18. Improves your heat tolerance.
  19. Helps to decrease left ventricular hypertrophy (a thickening of the walls of the left ventricle) in hypertensives.

Bottom Line:


By any objective measure, the many benefits from exercising regularly are impressive.

Any skepticism about the potential effects of exercise on both the quantity and quality of a person’s life is misguided.

Substantial research supports a very straightforward conclusion: EXERCISE IS THE REAL DEAL!

The Surgeon General has determined that lack of physical activity is detrimental to your health.

About our group on Meetup.com

Sheryl McGlochlin - Monday, August 24, 2015

My official website is liveandthrive.com

People looking for outdoor adventures will find us from several sources online including Meetup.com.

Since meetup is one of several resources we use, the RSVP count on Meetup is never correct.

I LOVE meetup.com!!  It is the best site!  As an organizer like myself AND for anyone trying to connect with other people - almost anywhere in the world!

Meetup.com helps everyone in our group stay informed on over 400 activities and outings that I offer each year. 

I post nearly all of my activities on Meetup AND everything I offer is on Liveandthrive.com

On my meetup site, you have the option of receiving email notifications whenever I update an event

You'll also be the first to hear about a new event as soon as I post it.

You don't receive this email service on Liveandthrive.com. 

There is a small additional fee for following us on Meetup.com which is $5 per year. 

You can pay that online OR just come to any of my activities and pay me in person, via cash or check.  You'll be entered manually in the system.

I am charged Meetup fees which is why I charge you a small fee. 

In addition, our Live and Thrive annual membership fee is $35 for those participating in any of our events. 

You may pay this online at Outdoor Adventure Group or in person to me via cash or check at any activity. 

The first local Hike is FREE, to make sure our group is right for you.

After that you will need to pay. 

Bottom line:  If you plan to follow us on Meetup and be a member you will pay $40/annual fee ($35 + $5)

If you join and follow me from my website, liveandthrive.com and not meetup.com, you'll pay $35/annual fee.

For a $40 annual fee, you'll receive 400+ invitations/year to a wide variety of activities AND all the latest updates and information. 

200 of those are hiking and snowshoeing activities.

This is one of the best values you'll find!!

Here what others are saying about us....

Our reviews on Meetup, and on liveandthrive.com here what others are saying about us

What to bring

Sheryl McGlochlin - Friday, August 21, 2015

When hiking with us for a few hours, the following items are the most needed: 

  • Water - 1 liter per hour of hiking is recommended
  • A healthy snack (granola bar, trail mix, etc.)
  • Sun protection i.e. hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm
  • Light jacket for wind protection and warmth even during the summer months since we do high altitude hiking
  • First Aid Kit:  Small bag with a few supplies i.e. bandaids, etc.
  • Cell phone
  • Flashlight (is this feature on your cell phone)
  • Rain poncho & Wind protection
  • My cell phone number in your phone.  801-278-5313
  • Cell phone service may be spotty in the canyons

Be more fully prepared for the unexpected: 

Here is a more detailed list of items to bring

  1. Water
  2. 2 Way Radio/Walkie Talkie
  3. Extra Food
  4. Layer up w/ extra Clothing/Insulation
  5. Rain/Wind Protection
  6. Sun Protection (Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, lip balm)
  7. Compass
  8. Map
  9. Flashlight w/ spare batteries
  10. First Aid Kit
  11. Emergency Kit (Whistle, matches or small lighter, candle or fire starter tabs, lightweight reflective emergency bag or space blanket, pocket knife)
  12. When hiking with our group: Sheryl's cell phone number: 801-278-5313 - Don't depend on this in the canyons since they don't always get reception)

Membership Fees

Sheryl McGlochlin - Friday, August 21, 2015

$35/person annual Outdoor Adventure Club membership dues

Members receive 200+ hiking and snowshoeing outings per year

Does not include any rental equipment fee i.e. micro spikes for ice hiking or snowshoes 

After attending one free hiking outing membership dues are required

Members enjoy invites to 400+ outdoor adventure outings. 

Outings other than hiking or snowshoeing may require an additional fee. 

Online registration is fast and easy.  Register at liveandthrive.com

If you prefer pay in person by cash or check. 

Make checks payable to Sheryl McGlochlin

Members receive a green Hiking Pass when register. 

A free, weekly, 30-minute, pre-hike meeting every Saturday is offered to members and non-members

Talk to Sheryl and/or her assistants in person at this time. 

Feel free to email or text her if you have questions, as well.

Those who pay online will receive their green Hiking Pass at their first outing.

About Sheryl

Sheryl McGlochlin - Friday, August 21, 2015

Contact info

Sheryl McGlochlin

Live and Thrive, LLC







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Website Calendar:

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Mission statement:  Helping people have fun outdoors  

Married to Dave McGlochlin (June 1979)

Mother of four

Grandmother of five

Utah native

Born & raised in Holladay, Utah, at the foot of Mt. Olympus, Wasatch Mountains

Teen years (age 11 - 17)  in Golden/Applewood area, Colorado, foot of the Rocky Mountains

Attended:  BYU Idaho, BYU Provo, U of U (Majored in Musical Theater)

1978: Lived in Oahu, Hawaii

February 2003: Established a hiking group in Utah

2005 - current:  Organized, created, lead adventure trips to all areas in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Italy, Switzerland, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Nevada, Arizona

September 2013: Colon Cancer survivor

August 2015:  5000+ outdoor adventure friends/associates/followers

Members differ in experience, age, knowledge, skill, talent and physical ability but all share one common passion: 

Be active and have fun outdoors!

Established Outdoor Adventure Group February 2003

Organize, research, create, promote, lead 400+ events, outings, trips, classes each year

Have hiked the width of the United States and back again - from east to west

Instructor & guide for two Adult Community Education School Districts, Salt Lake County (Salt Lake AND Granite Peaks) for 12+ years

KSL TV Outdoor Adventure Enthusiast/Presenter (NBC affiliate)

KSL TV Studio 5


Guest speaker for Intermountain Health Care, REI, several other civic, business, and church groups and organizations

Consultant for Utah Hiking books:

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City: Including Ogden, Provo, and the Uintas by Greg Witt

Best Easy Day Hikes Salt Lake City, 2nd (Best Easy Day Hikes Series) by Brian Brinkerhoff, Greg Witt

Learn more about Sheryl and Live and thrive:

liveandthrive.com, sheryl mcglochlin, Live and Thrive, crazy sheryl, crazysheryl.com, youtube, facebook, google, linkedin, meetup.com, twitter, Pinterest, instagram, KSL.com, Studio 5, granite peaks community education, salt lake community education, etc.

Hiking Benefits

Sheryl McGlochlin - Friday, August 21, 2015

For best results and the most benefits.... come often!

• Develop a stronger, toned body

• Meet MANY fun people

• Develop long lasting relationships

• Relieve stress easily and quickly

• Enjoy peace and quiet, even within a group setting

• Create a natural high that lasts long after the hike is over

• Dump unwanted pounds and fat

• Shoot photos of breath-taking scenery & stunning beauty

• Gain a new perspective on things you may be struggling with in life

• Experience how grand and awe-inspiring mother nature is

• Develop confidence in knowing you can do hard things

• Accept our invitations to join us in Outdoor Adventure Trips near and far

• Come alive with all of your senses

• Appreciate life more and feel gratitude for simple pleasures

• Energize your entire body and feel happier

• Heal whatever ails you with nature’s best medicine

• Relax and meditate

• Breathe in an abundance of fresh clean air and plenty of oxygen

• Escape from mundane, daily routines and boring chores

• Discover how inexpensive and rewarding a short day hike, close to home can be

• Treat yourself to therapeutic, healing, soothing, relaxing benefits

• Enjoy 210+ hike or snowshoe outings each year

Four hiking seasons we hike in

Sheryl McGlochlin - Friday, August 21, 2015

• Winter (December 1 - Feb 29): Snowshoeing, Downtown night walks, evening hikes on paved trails, hiking w/ spikes, (this requires wearing micro spikes on packed snow or ice trails).  Need snowshoes or spikes? Let me know. I sell and/or rent them. 

• Spring (March 1 - June 30): Hiking to waterfalls, transitioning from wetter to drier terrain and weather, generally going from lower altitude and gradually climbing to high altitude as the snow melts and trail conditions dictate. 

• Summer (June 1 - Aug 31): Wild flower season, high altitude hiking (8000 - 12,000 ft. above sea level), canyon to canyon trails, loop trails, etc.

• Fall (September 1 - Nov 30): Gorgeous fall colors, transition from drier to wetter terrain and weather patterns, high altitude early in the fall then gradually dropping into lower altitude until the snow and trail conditions are right for winter hiking 

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Upcoming Hiking Events

HIKE: Deer Valley to Park City on Mid Mountain Trail
HIKE: Lake Mary from Brighton Ski Resort, Big Cottonwood Canyon
Summer Hike: Trail & Canyon To be announced
SUMMER Hiking Orientation
Happy 4th of July! Hike: Silver Lake to Lake Solitude, Big Cottonwood Canyon
Hike: Big Water Trail to Dog Lake, top of Millcreek Canyon
FREE Evening Picnic, East Canyon State Park, Watercraft rentals optional
Summer Hike: Trail & Canyon TBA
SUMMER Hiking Orientation
Summer HIKE: Canyon & Trail TBA

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