Author Heather Hamblin

Heather was born and raised in northern Utah, and considers the mountains to be her home. She received a bachelor’s degree in English literature and Italian language from the University of Utah, and works for UofU Health. When she has free time, you can find her traveling, cooking, practicing yoga, rock climbing, or exploring the hiking trails and ski runs in her native state.

Trailsides man with his dog on a stand up paddle board on Stansbury lake

Paddleboarding Paradise

7 Unexpected Places to Visit this Summer Paddleboarding is booming, and with its ease of entry and accessibility, it’s no wonder why. While landlocked Utah may not seem like a paddleboarding mecca, it’s the perfect place to learn or improve…

Profile Trail into an aspen and fir grove, Uinta National Forest, Utah.

Two Women of the Wasatch on Running Ultras

Trail Dames: Two Women of the Wasatch on Running Ultras “There is an intense but simple thrill in setting off in the morning on a mountain trail, knowing everything you need is on your back.” -Paul Theroux An ultra is…


A Guide to the FIS World Championships

Watch Athletes Become Champions—For Free—at the FIS World Championships The snow is here, winter is in full swing, and the biggest wintersports event in the Beehive State since the 2002 Winter Olympics is about to begin–and you can attend for…

Hiking Millcreek Canyon Winter Hiking

Backcountry Yurting: A Winter Trek Up Millcreek Canyon

A Backcountry Yurting Adventure Up Millcreek Canyon When I look at the forecast and see that a substantial amount of snow is expected in the next 24 hours, my heart skips a beat. Northern Utah’s snowfall has been abnormally low…

Trailsides Rock Climbing at top of the climb looking far down at other climbers

Climbing For Rookies

Learn the Ropes of This Rising Sport With its own lexicon of jargon, and a plethora of mysterious-looking and sounding equipment like carabineers, Grigris, ATCs, and prusiks, sport climbing can seem daunting to jump into. After all, you’re setting out…

Travel Volunteer walking a dog at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Volunteer Vacations

Volunteer Vacations – Do Good on These 5 Utah Trips Utah’s impressive array of national parks, national forests, state parks, and other public lands means there’s no shortage of outdoor adventure vacation options. But what if you want to be…

Adventure Smuggler’s Gap, City Creek Canyon

4 Overlooked Utah Fall Hikes

Must-do Utah Fall Hikes Looking for a trail to take in the beauty of fall in northern Utah? The Wasatch Front offers unmatched outdoor play year-round, but the enchanting, vibrant hues of fall leaves make September through November one of…

Adventure Bears Ears scenic shot with Indian paintbrush flowers in foreground

Bears Ears National Monument

What to Know Before You Go The news is abuzz with Bears Ears lately. The Bears Ears National Monument was declared in December 2016, and since then has garnered both applause and criticism. The current boundaries of the monument are…