Campfire Food for Camping in Utah this Summer

Spring is almost over, and summer is fast approaching. Kids will be out of school and for many of you this means vacations and adventures in the great outdoors. My favorite summer adventure includes sitting around a campsite, eating good food, and hanging out with good friends while roasting things over the campfire. I love it! When you set out on your next family trip you'll want to make sure that you have the essentials with you. Essentials like sleep gear, a working car, and good Continue reading →

Adventure is Out There! Find It with Smith & Edwards

There is a change in the air. Finally, Mother Nature has melted the snow from the valleys and it looks like we are going to have a bit of a break from the winds and rain of April in Northern Utah. You’ve been cooped up in your office or at home and are reaching to scratch that itch of adventure. Cabin Fever got you down? If you are like me then this itch comes every year and you’re ready to go. But before you can Continue reading →

New Boots for Hiking the Bonneville Shoreline

This spring, I went up to the Rainbow Gardens parking lot, and instead of taking Birdsong Trail like usual, my boyfriend and I hiked up to the Bonneville Shoreline trail! It was breathtaking getting to see behind the water pipe that goes over 12th street as it heads up to Ogden Canyon, and we got to meet some fun dogs and watch as people made their way further up the mountains above us. If you’re looking to hike or camp in the Uintas or Northern Continue reading →

Hanging Out with Grand Trunk and Enjoying the Klymit

Today, we are going to talk about one of my favorite things… Camping! We have two camping essentials that are going to knock your socks off and leave you wishing you could “head for the hills” right now. Sleep… What’s That? In a recent conversation with Mike Vause, sporting goods manager, he reminded me that sleep is an important aspect that is constantly overlooked when camping, hiking, or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. Mike said, “You may have to [fill in the blank].” You may have Continue reading →

Your Klondike Gear List

It’s time to turn our sights towards one of the most exciting “holidays” known in the Boy Scouting community. Having grown up in a family of Eagle Scouts, I heard about Klondike all my life, but for obvious reasons wasn’t allowed to attend. So, I teamed up with my dad, Scott Woodland, and Smith & Edwards employee Dennis Rasmussen to learn a little more about this exciting campout and how to prepare for it. Klondike is the place where boys become men, or so we Continue reading →

Lauren’s Summer Adventure: Exploring Oregon

Lauren Clark wrote in with her Summer Adventure: Adventure is in the eye of the beholder. There are many adventures around every corner. An adventure can be as simple as a picnic with the family, to something more complex, such as a vacation or a new living location. We can choose whether what we are going through is an “adventure” or something else. This summer, my adventure included spending time with my family while in Oregon USA. We were able to go on a family Continue reading →

Prepare with 72-Hour Kits & Bug Out Bags

It’s that time of year to check your preparedness gear, make sure you have a communication/meetup plan for your family, & rotate your food storage. One important piece of your preparedness plan is having a bag with all your necessities. Some people recommend a bug-out bag, but here in Utah a 72-hour kit is the most recommended pack to have. What’s the difference? Mike Vause from our Sporting Goods department asked Ryan Seager, our Surplus manager, and Jean Dimick, our Preparedness manager, and here’s what Continue reading →

Freeze-Dried Food Review: Try something new

Some of us don’t like change. I sometimes lean on tried and trusted gear for my outdoor adventures. I might be weird, but I like eating freeze-dried backpacking foods, especially the flavors from Mountain House. I have favorite flavors like Spaghetti, Beef Stroganoff, Lasagna, and Chili Mac. These meals always go with me on backpacking and hunting trips. This trip I wanted to try something new. (Totally out of character….just ask my wonderful wife). I went for Biscuits & Gravy, and Granola with Blueberries. Mike’s Continue reading →

How to Save Your Legs & Back When Hiking the Uintas

With summer at its peak, there’s still time to get your hiking trip in. The Uinta Mountains are the best Utah has to offer with all its water sources, beautiful skies, breathtaking views, and amazing stars at night. When you’re out on the tree line taking in the beauty of the mountains, streams, and landscape, you want to be in your best shape – not wincing as you step, rubbing your back, or counting the steps back to camp. You want to enjoy your hiking Continue reading →

Backpacking Stories: Illuminating Rainy Chapters with a Little LED

My Grandpa used to say: “Too much of anything is not good.” Is it possible to have too much gear? Too many gadgets? I do love new stuff, but when I am in my backpacker mindset, some stuff just gets left behind. Most backpackers love convenience and comfort, but have to be choosy when it comes to weight. For years, having a pack under 40 pounds was my goal. As I am no longer 20, my goal has changed to the low 30’s for pack Continue reading →