Adventurer Holiday Gift Guide

Gifting for those adventurous souls in your life? You’ve come to the right place. I’ve compiled a list of various Holiday gift options at a range of budgets to satisfy those craving to be outdoors.

  1. Eton Solar Bluetooth Speaker

    eton-rugged-rukusThis speaker is named the Rugged Rukus, and it is in fact rugged. It is super durable and water resistant! It charges up in the sun or by being plugged in via USB and lasts 8+ hours. It also can charge your phone or any other small USB powered device. Another favorite feature of mine is the clip hold, simply attach a carabiner to it to hang it or clip it on to something to offer hands-free on the go. $52 – Click here to shop on Amazon

2. Grub Hub Camp KitchenCamping kitchen

This is a bit over the top, yes, but it is amazing! This camping kitchen is a game changer for car camping. Or maybe we should call it glamping. The Grub Hub Camp kitchen packs down to the size of a suitcase and can be transported like a suitcase as it has wheels and a handle. It is 30lbs empty and has a ton of features to store all of your camp kitchen necessities and accessories. This is a bit of a pricier gift perhaps for a spouse so then it acts as a gift for the both of you because you will definitely want to take advantage of this one! $375 – Click here to shop on Amazon

3. Goal Zero Portable Power Station

Goal Zero Portable Charger

Another camping game changer here, but this one goes beyond just camping. This charging station is great for road trips, tailgates, blackouts, day trips, and much more. It is offered from 150wh all the way up to 1200wh at 12v. It can charge all of your technological devices (up to 5 at a time) when you’re away from home. Battery charges from AC, 12V or solar. starting at $199 – Click here to shop on Amazon

4. Goal Zero Flip 20 Portable Chargergoal zero portable usb charger

This little pocket charger is convenient and honestly, everyone should have one. It charges up via USB and can be taken with you for a long day trip: perfect for traveling, hiking, Disneyland or other days that will require a lot of phone use and little access to outlets. Buy one as a stocking stuffer and one for yourself! $35 – Click here to shop on Amazon

5. FB Sport Lightweight Backpacking Chaircollapsable packable backpacking chair

This little chair is incredible! I have two of them and we take them everywhere we go! They are so light and small, they fit in my little dakine backpack. Not just for backpacking, we take these babies hiking, to the beach, picnicking, camping and everywhere else. They are considered low back chairs so they are great for concerts or music festivals as well! The price is low, but the quality is there! Plus, they come with a side pocket that works quite well as a cup holder and additionally, the bag can be attached to the front legs when in use and acts as a zipper pouch! Love this chair! $20 – Click here to shop on Amazon

6. Therm-a-Rest Stellar Blanket

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This crazy blanket packs super tight, ultra lightweight and oh so warm. I take this thing everywhere! It’s perfect for camping: sitting around the fire for extra warmth, or as a shall as I roam around camp, plus it makes a nice camping pillow or top layer when I sleep! Fit into a small backpack for a day trip and use as a picnic mat or take is on a road trip as a napping blanket that doesn’t take up too much space. Comes in green and grey. Starting at $52 – Click here to shop on Amazon

7. Pakems Outdoor Slippers

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Maybe they are shoes… whatever they are, they are freaking amazing. My Pakems are my ultimate comfortable outdoor shoewear. I wear them before and after snowboarding. I wear them camping in every season, I have even hiked in the snow in them. These slipper shoes are unlike anything you have ever worn or seen before. They are comfortable, stylish, extremely water resistant, and reasonably priced. Get these shoes for the outdoor enthusiast that also puts comfort at an extremely high priority. $50 – Click here to shop on Amazon

8. Matador Waterproof Packable Backpack

Matador Packable Backpack

The Matador packable daypack is ingenious! It is waterproof Cordura fabric which is ultra durable and lightweight (only 4oz)! It packs up small enough to fit into your hand or pocket yet oh so durable! The shoulder straps are also lightweight, breathable and puncture resistant. This backpack is perfect for any day trip or hike, rain or shine. It may be a bit pricey for a small daypack, but it is well worth it. The quality shows and it is extremely comfortable and fits more than you would think. This is an ultra pack for a true outdoor guru. $99 – Click here to shop on Amazon

9. Packtowel Robepacktowel robe

This is no ordinary robe. This packable and microfiber robe is a lifesaver. Imagine escaping from a mountainous hot spring in the middle of a snowy winter to find yourself in a warm robe that you were able to pack in your backpack. This robe has saved me from the cold many times and is such a great gift that many don’t know they need until they have it. Get this robe for the adventurer who loves to take the polar plunge, explore hot springs, or just walk around in a robe at the campsite.

Comes in Purple, Blue, and Grey

Starting at $30 – Click here to shop on Amazon

10. Goal Zero Lighthouse USB Rechargeable Lanterngoal zero lighthouse lantern

This little lantern is better than most lanterns and headlamps you own. First of all, headlamps blind your friends. You don’t want to blind you camping mates, be kind and get a goal zero lantern instead. Attach a lanyard to it and wear it around your neck for easy access. It has three settings for optimal use. Use it for camping, hiking, or any night use for that matter. $25 – Click here to shop on Amazon

Thanks for reading, happy holidays!

 

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Take a Trip to Muddy Creek

Do you love the desert? Do you frequently visit Moab, Goblin Valley, or The San Rafael Swell? If so, or if you are just in search of a new camping spot, then head to Utah’s Muddy Creek. The Creek itself is quite long, and there are many places to stop along it, but I am specifically reviewing a section of it just north of Hanksville and East of Goblin Valley. 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is required to get to this destination. It’s worth it though, rent a car if you need to.

1. It Is Stunningdesert-flowers

Every view is breathtaking. The steep red cliffs, the running creek, the blue skies, and the lush desert plant life are just some of the features that make this place so magical. Your campsite can be atop a cliff overlooking all this, or waterfront to soak it all in. Be sure to bring a camera to capture all of The Muddy Creek’s beauty.

2. IT IS FREE

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Unlike the nearby national and state parks, this area is BLM and completely free to enter and to camp. Vacations where you can eliminate accommodation fees are always a win in my book. Your costs include gas and food, but your waterfront sleeping accommodations, endless views, and wildlife entertainment are all free.

 

3. THE HIKING

This isn’t like any hiking you are used to. This hike involves following the creek as far as you’d like, but be prepared to tie your shoes to your backpack and hike barefoot. Yes, barefoot. The Muddy Creek is exactly what it sounds like, muddy. This mud is amazing though, walking barefoot through it is seriously like a foot massage and an exfoliating clay mask all at once. The walk itself is full of panoramic views and playful safe features to climb on and explore! There is a climbing wall that is better than anything you’ve ever seen at any gym or park and is easy enough for everyone to participate. Plus, there is a historic mining camp that you can walk through and see the remaining shelter that once housed upwards of 5 men. Pack a day bag with plenty of sunscreen, beverages, a camera, hat and have fun!

 

4. THE LACK OF CROWDS

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Becuase this place is off the beaten path a bit, there are hardly any other people to run in to. There is, however, a dirt airstrip that is in use, so you may see a  propeller plane land or take off while visiting. From Salt Lake City, it takes about 4 1/2 to 5 hours to reach the campsite, of which the last hour is on dirt roads. Becuase of this, it’s lack of publicity, and the many famous destinations nearby, you are likely to see few other campers and hikers. Enjoy this remote camping weekend without having to hear other campers. No loud music, no babies crying or dogs barking, just you, the campfire, and the sound of the running creek.

5. THE JOURNEY

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Not only is the campsite you choose going to be gorgeous and surrounded by steep red cliffs, but the drive out there is amazing as well! You will be driving through a very secluded desert landscape and are guaranteed to see wild horses! WILD HORSES! I was in awe! There are many sights to see along the way, so be sure to take it slow and enjoy the ride.

 

 

How to get there:

  1. From I-70, take exit 131 toward Buckhorn Draw Rd.
  2. Turn left onto Buckhorn Draw Rd. (10 miles)
  3. Turn right onto County Rd 322 (3.7 miles)
  4. Turn right to stay on Co Rd 1012 (.9 miles)
  5. Turn left to stay on Co Rd 1012 (19 miles)
  6. Choose your campsite.