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Camping - What to bring

Sheryl McGlochlin - Monday, March 24, 2014

To help you remember what to take on a camping trip, keep updated check lists. 

Lists written on poster board are hard to lose or you can use a notebook to keep track of your needs. 

As you become a more experienced camper, eliminate items which prove unworkable and add gear you want to try on future trips. 

Basics for Camping

For Shelter:

  • Tent w/ rain fly
  • Poles
  • Stakes
  • Tarp

For Sleeping: 

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pad
  • Cot (optional)
  • Pillow

For cooking: 

  • Lightweight stove
  • Fuel
  • Matches (waterproof)
  • Fire-starter
  • Pots & pans w/ lids
  • Pot lifter or hot pads
  • Collapsible water container
  • Bottle of water
  • Dutch Oven

For eating:

  • Plate
  • Cup
  • Spoons
  • Forks
  • Knives
  • Bowl
  • Camp Chair

For clean-up:  

  • Biodegradable soap
  • Pan scrubber
  • Sponge
  • Paper towels or dish towel

For mending:

  • Sewing needles
  • Thread
  • Safety pins
  • Adhesive-backed tape
  • Buttons
  • Nylon cord
  • Pack connectors (clevis pins, split rings)

  • Food:
  • Basic meals
  • Emergency extras
  • Trail snacks


  • Basic daily clothing
  • Layered clothes
  • Rain gear
  • Warm clothes
  • In-camp footwear


  • Hair brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Chapstick

Wilderness Essentials:  

  • Map in waterproof plastic
  • Compass
  • First-aid kit
  • Hats (for warmth and for sun)
  • Sun screen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug repellent
  • Flashlight w/ fresh batteries
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone
  • Solar powered light
  • Extra clothes (especially socks)
  • Extra food
  • Heavy jacket
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Tools (hammer, etc)
  • Matches
  • Fire-starter
  • Space Blanket or garbage bags
  • Pads
  • Stove
  • Fuel


  • Small games
  • Journal
  • Camera

2014 Adventure Trip Lineup

Sheryl McGlochlin - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014 Adventure Trip Calendar

February 25 - March 4  Caribbean Adventure Trip, THREE Islands

Caribbean Trip Video

It's not too late for just a few more people to join us on our upcoming 3 Island Caribbean Trip!
Act now since we leave in less than 30 days!!
Just $1200!   Includes nearly everything but airfare
Included: all meals, condo lodging, and ground transportation to 2 US islands and 1 UK island. 

(Details on the following trips will be posted soon)

March 27 - 29  Escalante Trip - Waterfall, Slot Canyons, Canyoneering

June 12 - 16   Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

August 7 - 11  Colorado National Memorial, Grand Junction, Colorado

September 4 - 8  Lake Powell, Lone Rock Beach, Hiking & Water Sports

October 16 - 18, Capitol Reef NP Sulphur Creek - River Hike thru Slot Canyons

Nov. 5 - 12   Hawaii - Maui

Nov. 12 - 19  Hawaii - Maui

January 15 - 19, 2015 - Bryce & Zion NP WInter Hiking Trip

February 2015 - Date TBA - Caribbean Adventure Trip

2013 Outdoor Adventure Calendar of Events: May 1 & beyond

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, May 02, 2013

2013 Outdoor Adventure Calendar of Events

May - December 2013

My next TV segment on

KSL TV,  Studio 5

  • Tuesday, May 7
  • KSL TV, Channel 5
  • 11 AM - 12 Noon
  • Topic:  5 Favorite Paved Bike Trails in Utah

Previous Outdoor Adventure Segments on Studio 5

Camping Demo, Italian Dutch Oven Dinner, Campfire

  • Saturday, May 4
  • 6 - 9 PM
  • Sheryl's home in Holladay
  • RSVP via email

Be in the loop!

Local Weekly Hiking Calendar

WATERFALL PHOTOS - The spring waterfall season is in full swing!  Don't miss it.

May 4:   Stewart Falls, Provo Canyon - My 2nd FAVORITE Waterfall in Utah, next to Calf Creek Falls
May 11: Hidden Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon
May 18  Donut Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon
May 25  Scout Falls, American Fork Canyon


View more on Hiking CALENDAR

Hiking Orientation Info

  • Every Saturday
  • No charge 
  • 30 minutes long
  • Held 15 - 30 minutes prior to our hike


Canyoneering in Southern Utah

I am excited to partner with Excursions of Escalante for all our canyoneering outings this year!
They are truly the best guides you'll ever find in this sport.
It's worth the 4 1/2 hours to drive to Escalante where the best slot canyons in the world are!

See details on the CALENDAR

Garden Info & Tour

Garden Calendar:

  • Free Garden Tours!
  • Free Garden Newsletter Subscription
  • $100/household per year for full benefits
  • Flexible payments for those w/ financial hardships
  • 10 months/year
  • Holladay, South Jordan, East Millcreek, West Jordan
  • 3 acres
  • 14 gardens
  • Working garden members
  • All abilities/ages welcome
  • Work together as a team
  • Meet new friends
  • Flexible schedule
  • Abundance of fresh local harvest for members
  • Garden Blog
  • What our garden members are saying about us...

Local Adventure Trips - register soon!

  • 4 day/3 night - come for all or part
  • $150/person & up (some exceptions apply)
  • Cost includes carpool/transportation, lodging, meals, *activities
  • Some activities require fee
  • Camping AND Cabin or Hotel Accommodations


Featured Trip of the Year: 

A few spaces still available!  It's not too late to register.

Nov  13 - 20  Maui, Hawaii

2013 Activities include:

  • Alpine Skiing (Downhill Skiing)
  • Alpine Coaster
  • Alpine Slide
  • Bike Riding on Paved Trails
  • Breakfast in the canyons
  • Boating - Speed Boat
  • Canyoneering
  • Camping
  • Campfires

  • Canoeing
  • Caves - Timpanogos
  • Nordic Skiing (Cross Country Skiing)
  • Dutch Oven Cooking
  • Exploring
  • Emergency Preparedness Courses
  • Fishing
  • Freeline Skating
  • Hiking
  • High Altitude Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

  • Ice Hiking
  • Kayaking - Flat Water
  • Land Paddling
  • Lake Cruise
  • Lava Tubes
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Photography

  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Picnic on the Peak
  • Repelling
  • River Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Star Gazing
  • Surfing
  • Scenic Float Trips

  • Scenic Lift Rides
  • Scenic Byways
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Stand Up Paddle Surfing
  • Waterfall Hiking
  • White Water River Rafting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Zipfy Riding
  • Zipline Riding

Ready to Hike the Swiss Alps this summer? Talk to me - I'll get you ready!

Sheryl McGlochlin - Wednesday, January 02, 2013

5 years ago I organized a group of 15 people to hike the Swiss Alps.  Since I knew this would be a group with a wide variety of hiking ability, I built an itinerary specifically for those who were coming.  It was an amazing trip and I can't wait to do it again!!

We spent 5 days based in Zermatt looking over the Matterhorn and 5 days based in Lauterbrunnen (Jungfrau Region).

Lauterbrunnen is situated in one of the most impressive trough valleys in the Alps, between gigantic rock faces and mountain peaks. With its 72 thundering waterfalls, secluded valleys, colourful alpine meadows and lonely mountain inns, the Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the biggest nature conservation areas in Switzerland.

Since I personally can't go to Switzerland every year and hike the Swiss Alps, I partner with a close friend of mine who DOES go every summer and takes people to all of these amazing places!

When I go back to Switzerland, this is exactly what I'll do... again, since it accommodates so many different type of people. We had some in our group who loved hiking 12 hours every day, and others who were done after about an hour. It allows everyone to do what they want without holding anyone back.

Some of us went mountain biking down an alp!

Some went white water river rafting one day as well.

Meet Up Groups for Exercise - One of my recent KSL TV segments

Sheryl McGlochlin - Saturday, December 08, 2012



Studio 5 - Weekdays at 11am on KSL 5

Meet Up Groups for Exercise

Make exercise your social hour, and you're likely to stick with it. Social media makes it easy for strangers to meet up and exercise together. 

Outdoor enthusiast Sheryl McGlochlin spotted this new genre of recreation, and shares five favorites with Studio 5.

The trend of plugging yourself into new fitness groups, using social media, is making life so fun! You NEVER have to workout alone with whatever sport you want to participate in!

Benefits of exercising with a group:

Groups that exercise together may not have anything else at all in common! It's great because it brings people together who may not think they would ever be friends or even acquaintances in any other setting.

Speaking from experience as a leader of a group, I also see people struggling socially. They have become "workaholics" and need to change their lives and find new friends. They know they are losing social skills and want to change. I believe you can never have enough active, healthy-minded friends! They are GOLD and will keep you on the right track throughout your life!

What should join a group?
· Who are hungry to try new things and meet others
· Who have a wide variety of skills, ability and experience
· From all walks of life and all ages
· Who are courageous!
· Who are willing to come by themselves and be open minded and friendly with the group.
· Who are coming for a specific sport or activity
· Who aren't afraid to join a group and participate with a bunch of strangers!
· Who may have nothing in common with anyone else EXCEPT the actual sport itself!

I also see people who are in the process of moving to Utah from various parts of the world, who haven't arrived yet. They know about our beautiful mountains and want to go hiking when they get here. They find out about my hiking group by doing a Google search, then start emailing me to get to know me better BEFORE they arrive. When they do get here, they instantly have a friend and fit right in. They don't need to deal with a long, lonely time before getting acclimated. I have even helped new hikers find a place to live, etc.

About the leader

· In a group setting, there is always a leader or organizer
· They hold it together, with the help of some assistant organizers
· They generally don't offer formal instruction except for a brief orientation before the event.

As a leader, social media makes it so easy to promote the group. For example:
· I can organize and promote quickly and broadly without spending much money.
· It allows people to find out what's going on and "fit in" to a new environment VERY quickly!

What these 5 groups have in common:

Open to all adults - regardless of experience, skill or ability A great way to make new friends while being active Friendly environment For support, a leader, organizer or coach will ease you into the group

Where to find a group:

· Meetup.com
· Adult Community Education
· Facebook
· Google Search
· Word of Mouth from locals
· Bulletin Boards at Outdoor Retail Stores i.e. REI
· City and County Parks and Recreation
· On location! - parks, trails, etc.

5 Featured Groups:

1. Hiking

Live and Thrive Outdoor Adventures Hiking Group

How often they meet: 3 times/week

To find out more about them: Adult Community Education, Meetup.comhttp://www.slcschools.org/departments/community-education/documents/2012-Fall-Course-Catalog.pdf, http://www.meetup.com/LiveAndThriveOutdoorAdventures/, http://liveandthrive.com/

2. Trail Running

Desert Sharks Triathlon Club

How often they meet: 4 - 6 times/week
To find out more about them: 
Desert Sharks Triathlon Club (search name on FB) Group runs are posted through FB and open to anyone. 
Club website: desert-sharks.com 
Runs posted are located throughout the valley and Wasatch Front including trails. 
Typically, runs are held Monday evenings (spring thru fall), "Neighborhood Runs" Saturday mornings, and "Blair Witch Runs" often occur at Dimple Dell on a full moons (Spring thru Fall). 
Distance & pace are accommodated by usually offering an out-and-back course, running for a set amount of time to re-group at the end (allowing individuals to run their own pace and distance).

Salt Lake City Track Club (Search name on FB) 
Club contact: slctrack@xmission.com (Club President is Jim Milar) 
Club website: slctrackclub.org

Other resources…
Running Stores
Wasatch Running Center (approx. 9000 S State, Midvale)
Salt Lake Running Co (700 East and 2100 South)
Run GR8 (approx. 12600 South 2700 West, Riverton) 
All stores also offer neighborhood runs.
Wasatch Running Center hosts Tuesday night track workouts. 
RUN GR8 has a party bus you can sign up for to take from the store to local half marathons. (A great Social Factor!)

As well, you can find a photo of some of our runners post Saturday morning run on our Facebook page.

3. Swimming

Masters Swim Program at Dimple Dell

How often they meet:
6-8 times/week depending on the season. During the summer, it's more frequent, and there are other opportunities to meet up for open water swimming.

Web: www.recreation.slco.org/dimpledell

4. Volleyball

Utah Outdoor Volleyball Association

How often they meet: Varies on the tournaments

How to find out about them:


5. Family Adventure Walks in Nature

Family Adventures in Nature SLC

How often they meet: Varies

Family Adventures in Nature SLC is a local group dedicated to helping families connect their children to nature in and around the Salt Lake City region with regularly scheduled, year-round outings. We focus on outdoor free time and encourage adults to follow their children's lead, fostering their natural sense of wonder and awe. Our main focus is to allow unstructured time to explore the outdoors.

Occasionally we will offer guided outings and special nature activities, crafts, etc. Family Adventures in Nature (FAN) is open to ANYONE with the ambition to connect their family to nature. We want to help you take the next step in this direction. So, whether you are a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or a beginner, you are welcome. Bring your sense of adventure and be prepared to have fun!

How to find out about them:

More resources

They have a print magazine - available free in most libraries

Most of these clubs have weekly group rides

In-line Skating Calendar

Sponsor group skates

Bike Polo


Utah county group mentions stroller walks

Stroller Friendly Hikes & Walks

Hiking, walking, running with a compass


Letterboxing - like Geocaching but without a GPS





Volkssport, Sponsor Walks
Some include an incentive - a pin or patch

Cost is minimal - usually 3-5 dollars


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Come, play with us this winter! Outdoor Adventure & Community Garden Calendar

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, December 06, 2012

#1 way to reduce stress and feel happy during the winter months:  

Get outside, away from the city, enjoy nature with good people!

That's my Christmas gift to you!

I'll provide plenty of outings that are perfect for all abilities.

99 Reasons WHY you should snowshoe!

Not feeling confident about joining us during the winter?

No worries!  Email me anytime OR talk to me in person about your concerns during several CALENDAR EVENTS when I'll have more time to visit with you i.e. Snowshoe Orientation, $20 Clothing Sales, or "Work for Food" Winter Garden Tour and Parties.

2013 Outdoor Adventure and Winter Community Garden Calendar

I'm working hard on posting many outings on my website for 2013.  Check the calendar often!

I hope you'll join us!

Those who have been coming are having a great time!

3rd Annual Bryce Canyon National Park Winter Hiking Trip -  

It's shaping up to be another great trip and we have had some AMAZING trips during the past 12 months!  We will have around 40 people on this trip.  That means plenty of smaller groups with similar abilities so everyone will have fun.  Register now IF you want to get all the details that I'll be sending out during the next few weeks. 

Snowshoe Outings (Tuesday and Thursday mornings)

Rain, snow, shine, etc. we are out there!  I always tweak the outing to fit the weather and road conditions but I don't ever cancel, so come!!  It may be a shorter outing and we may not go into the canyons if it's raining/snowing but it's always fun!!  I have special local trails that I use on days that have inclement weather. It always feels so good to get outside, even for an hour regardless of the weather!

Multi Sport Outings - Downhill Ski, Cross Country Ski, Snowshoe or Hike

Monday through Friday in the afternoon.  Check details since this has become one of our favorite things to do during the week!  It's a rare occasion that you can find a place to do so many winter sports all in the same area!  The minimal cost will be for those who downhill ski.  It's a great price for skiers who want to ski often and for a shorter amount of time.  Snowshoers and skiers ride up together, then meet back in the parking lot 90 minutes later.

"Work for Food" Winter Garden Tour and Parties

With nearly 3 acres of garden space all around the SL valley and year round gardening, I can help you save serious money on food. By working a minimum of one hour per month, you'll receive amazing benefits!  Cost: $100/household for the next 12 months! Plan on receiving plenty of locally grown food! Gardening is very therapeutic and a valuable skill to have considering our economic climate.  We require no prior knowledge or experience.  What is required is a positive attitude and willingness to work a minimum of one hour per month. Help me spread the word by telling family, friends and coworkers since we are in need of more members for our 6th Annual Working Community Garden Group!  Makes a perfect Christmas gift.

$20 Winter Clothing Sale - Outer Wear, Gently Used, Quality, Brand Names, Men, Women, Children Sizes

During the month of December there are 4 times a week you can come and check out all the clothing items for sale!

Zipfys For Sale!

Cost:  $40 each, in stock.  Super fun and SAFE for nearly all ages.  I love the Zipfy because I think it's the safest, most fun sledding device on the market!Check out my super fun Zipfy Ride down a mountain!  Watch for Zipfy Riding Outings soon!

High Tech MSR Snowshoes & Poles for rent: 

Cost:  $10/person per outing. I have invested in 18 pair for members of our group. Available only for those attending our outings.  RSVP for a Snowshoe Outing and book a pair.

Snowshoe Outings (Saturday mornings)  

We never cancel due to any type of weather so come!  If necessary learn tips on how to dress for any type of weather condition. Rainy or snowy days are excellent opportunities to test your clothing.  If you like, I can teach you how to stay comfortable, warm and dry for any type of weather.  Depending on the weather conditions, we may or may not go into the canyons.  Safety is always my #1 priority. The outing may be shorter as well on wild weather days.

Snowshoe Orientation (Saturday mornings)

Every Saturday at 8 am at our regular meeting place I offer a 30 minute Snowshoe Orientation to help those who may be new to snowshoeing or joining our group for the first time.  I want you to have a great time, the first time out with us!  It may be a bit intimidating so come early and talk to me in person about any concerns you have. Meet my assistants and others who will help you during the outing, if you need assistance.  You can attend the orientation only. Come and get acclimated to the group!

Before attending, check out these links: 

Photos and Info about Snowshoeing

Upcoming Events to be posted soon:

9th Annual Downtown SL Christmas Night Walk -

Hopefully, if the weather looks dry, I'll post for either Wednesday or Thursday, Dec. 12 or 13.  I plan to post 2 of these outings.  The second one will be posted for the following week, on a different weekday.

Weekend Hiking Trips

Several trips are being planned for 2013.  Bryce is just the first one for 2013.  I'll let you know as soon as they post, since I know you want plenty of notice.

Avalanche Safety: Take the time to learn more...

Sheryl McGlochlin - Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Anyone who spends any time in the Wasatch Mountains during the winter months should become familiar with the good, bad and ugly side of snow!  I mostly talk about how beautiful and magical it is.  You'll see plenty of photos I've taken of a spectacular winter wonderland, however, I pay close attention to and study up on Avalanche Danger, watching the daily activity of what's happening up in our mountains.

I am very grateful for the Utah Avalanche Center and how hard they work to educate and keep everyone of us safe while we are playing in the snow all winter long.

Check out the videos they have produced and subscribe to their daily newsletter to see what's happening often.

We support and raise money for the Utah Avalanche Center since they work very hard for very little money.  They always need more money so donate to their cause if you can.  

It's helps us all enjoy our winter playground whether we are snowshoeing, zipfy riding, skiing or snowmobiling!

Ski Utah Winter Blog

Sheryl McGlochlin - Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Check this blog out if you are into Skiing or snowshoeing!  

It will remind you just how beautiful the mountains are during the winter season!

Hike & Snowshoe Meeting Place - Exactly how to find us on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Sheryl McGlochlin - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Many people ask me this question and I always feel bad when I don't have an exact address to give them. This is called "6200 South UTA Park n Ride".  It's a big paved parking lot and doesn't have an exact address written anywhere. Here's the next best address that is near by to help you find it. 

Leave yourself extra time when you come the first time.  Make sure you have my cell phone, listed below, to call if you get confused.

Once you've found it, it's super easy to get to and close to the I-215 freeway.  


Go to the Old Mill Golf Course, 6080 South Wasatch Blvd.

Drive SOUTH on Wasatch Blvd another 1/4 - 1/2 mile.

Continue focusing on the same WEST side of Wastach Blvd.

After passing the last office building on your right, turn into the parking lot and drive all the way to the SOUTH end of the parking lot. 

When you can't go any further, park your car and look for us.

That's where we meet.

Keep my cell phone number handy and call me if necessary.

If you get there and don't see anyone, don't panic.

Depending on the day, we may be running a few minutes late but WE ALWAYS SHOW UP!

My cell:  801-278-5313

I have MUCH to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season!

Sheryl McGlochlin - Sunday, November 25, 2012

I love this photo since it represents many things I am grateful for.
I love Dave who has stuck with me and helped me be successful in all my many endeavors over the past 33 years!
I love skiing.
I love all my children and grandchildren, some of whom were skiing with us on this beautiful day.
I love being active in the outdoors in Utah throughout the entire year but especially during winter months.
I love blue sky, bright sunshine, white snow, clean air, impressive mountain peaks like American Fork Twin Peaks in the background.
I love ALL the beauty in Utah that I am privileged to witness so often.   
I love all my amazing friends of all ages whether they are a new friend I just met or loyal supportive friends who have stood by me for a long time. Even though I don't know the people in this photo, they represent my good friends.
I'm grateful for a kind, loving Heavenly Father, who is my biggest support of all, who has given me so much strength, passion and energy to do all that I do.
I love this peaceful bird's eye view of the world around me. It makes me feel like I'm standing on top of the world.
Photo was taken March 2012, at 11,000 ft. above sea level, top of Hidden Peak, at Snowbird Ski Resort.

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