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Intro to Kayaking 3-day Class with Rapid Progression

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Intro to Kayaking Class with 3-days professional instruction from Rapid Progression Kayak School!

In partnership with the Weber State Outdoor Program.

When: May 7th, 8th, and 10th
Cost: $150 public / $125 Students (Includes all gear)
Learn: Basic Strokes, Technique, Safety, Rolling, Bracing, River Reading, Edy Turns, and more.

Register now: Call GEAR:30 (801) 732-5870 or reserve in person at the shop – 1931 South Washington Blvd.

We will be teaching everything that somebody will need to know in order to get on a river and paddle safely. We will go over basic strokes, maneuvers, technique and safety, the roll and bracing, how to read the river, and how to do eddy turns and peel outs and ferrys.

May 7th – 5-8pm at Weber State Pool
May 8th – 5-8pm at Weber State Pool
May 10 – 8am – 5pm on the Weber River

$150 covers instruction and gear including kayak, paddle, spray skirt, PFD, helmet, etc.

Feature | Ogden Climbing Festival in Pictures Part 1

Send. Laugh. Inspire.

The 7th Annual Ogden Climbing Festival was the most supported to date and every activity was awesome. If you missed out, you really did miss out. Here are some images to help capture the weekend. The Fest is an annual event so look forward to next year!

Huge thanks to the Weber State Outdoor Program for producing another amazing Climbing Fest!

GEAR:30 Kick-Off Slideshow with Nathan Smith of Pull Photography:


Demo Night featuring the first ever Intercollegiate Boulder Comp Championship:


Mr. Goodyear’s Neighborhood Episode 5 – Jim & Beth, The Daily Rise



This week’s Mr. Goodyear’s Neighborhood features Jeff and Beth from The Daily Rise. These high school sweethearts who picked Ogden, Utah on a map as a place to rekindle and start a business, have immersed themselves into the local scene. From working closely with the GOAL Foundation, Striders Running Winter Racing Circuit, the Farmer’s Market, and Layton Taste of the Town, the Daily Rise owners are heavily involved in the community.

Check out this great interview as John from Striders guides the conversation from coffee to community, and even rugby. Visit the official Mr. Goodyear’s Neighborhood Podcast page here: 

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Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show 165 – Camping Season



Episode 165, Camping Season, marks Todd to the Top’s triumphant return to the show after losing a body part. Woo Hoo! Spring has sprung, resorts are shutting down, and camping is on the mind. Dixie is opening more roads and campgrounds this weekend, and Northern Utah will follow in a few short weeks. Shake out the tent, fluff up the sleeping bag, and get camping!




Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show Episode 165 – Camping Season


 “It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.”                – Dave Barry

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Wind Rivers – Elkhart Park to Hobbs Lake

Wind River Range as seen from Photographer’s Point


For those looking to enter the Wind Rivers for the first time, Elkhart Park Trailhead to Hobbs Lake gives the novice backpacker a moderate trail to endure, and the experienced hiker picturesque scenes in a days effort.


Elkhart Park Trailhead to Hobbs Lake via Pole Creek/Seneca Lake Trails is 7 miles.

Garmin Data from Elkhart Park Trailhead to South-bound Sweeney Lakes Junction
Garmin Data from Photographers Point to Elkhart Park Trailhead (well within .4 miles)

Notable Distances:

Mile 2.8 – Bridger Wilderness Boundary
Mile 3.3 – Miller/Sweeney Lake Junction
Mile 4.5 – Photographers Point Overlook
Mile 5.1 – South-bound trail to Sweeney Lakes Junction/Horse Manure Pond
Mile 5.3 – Seneca Lake Trail Junction
Mile 5.5 – Pole Creek Trail Junction/Eklund Lake
Mile 5.8 – Barbara Lake
Mile 7.0 – Hobbs Lake
Mile 9.0 – Seneca Lake
Mile 10.4 – Highline Trail Junction
Mile 15.6 – Upper Titcomb Lake

Many hikers along Pole Creek/Seneca Lake trails have Titcomb Basin in mind as their destination. Because of the distance, many travelers decide to make this effort a two-day trip. Hobbs Lake and the Seneca Lakes are popular destinations for most. If a backpacker feels weary however, “Horse Manure Pond,” may be an option. Located 5 Miles from Elkhart Park Trailhead, the trees surrounding this small body of water make for great protection against the elements. Down the hill from this often used horse watering hole, lies upper Sweeny Lake. A roughly 15 minute hike down the hill provides for a fresher drinking water option.

Nicknamed “Horse Manure Pond,” this small body of water smells like, well… but offers great camping within the surrounding trees for those weary hikers not wanting to push to a larger lake. Filtering water from this pond is highly recommended, but most will by-pass that option and go without water for the night.


Once to Hobbs Lake, camping is found around the Southeast side and all around the backside (opposite the trail) to the Northwest end of the lake. Hobbs Lake is such a popular destination, there is a sign in one area warning of “No Camping – Restoration Site.” It’s best to move beyond the heavily trafficked areas and head for the trees or the rock on the East side of the Lake for optimal camping spots and privacy.

Views from Hobbs Lake are breathtaking and amateur photographers will appreciate the photogenic scenery turning camera phones and pocket digital pics into images worthy of framing.

Hobbs Lake, Wind River Range – Wyoming

Hobbs Lake, Wind River Range – Wyoming

Full Moon above Hobbs Lake in the Wind Rivers, Wyoming


A day hike to Seneca Lakes is well within the abilities of most novice backpackers/hikers. Although only roughly 2 miles from Hobbs Lake, the trail to Seneca Lake descends and ascends past beautiful alpine ponds, meadow, and backcountry streams. The elevation changes slows most hikers, but the effort is worth it once Upper Seneca Lake comes into view.

Stunning yellow and green vegetation on the trail from Hobbs Lake to Upper Seneca Lake, Wind Rivers – Wyoming


Alpine scene with small stream along the trail from Hobbs Lake to Upper Seneca Lake, Wind Rivers – Wyoming.


Upper Seneca Lake serves as a great destination for a day hike lunch. With panoramic views of alpine lakes and granite peaks, it’s no wonder why so many choose to make Upper and Lower Seneca Lakes a destination. Both Lakes are less than a half-day round-trip hike from Hobbs Lake and allows first time visitors to the Winds more opportunities to enjoy alpine scenes and vistas.

Upper Seneca Lake, Wind Rivers – Wyoming


Hobbs Lake offers spectacular photographic opportunities, especially when timed with a full moon.

Hobbs Lake at sunset with a rising full moon.


For more trip reports on the region visit these blogs:

Elkhart Park to Titcomb Basin
Gannett Peak 2000


Event | Three Days of Awesome – 7th Annual Ogden Climbing Festival

Climb Fest Boulder Field
Three Days of Awesome –

That time of year when you can smell grass shake off dirt, observe Mt. Ogden cling to her shrinking blanket of white, and run your fingers across the warmth of sun soaked East Bench boulders. That time you trade four walls for Spring’s enthusiastic air. It’s that time. Time, for the Ogden Climbing Festival!

Living in Ogden affords us access to local crags, boulders, and trails that require our activity and stewardship. We’ll celebrate Ogden’s geography and surrounding beauty this weekend with climbing, trail running, yoga, photography, food, and friends. We would like to invite the community to take part in the festivities.

GEAR:30 kicks off #OCF7 Thursday evening at 7pm, with a slideshow from Nathan Smith with Pull Photography. Catered by Slackwater Pizzeria.


Image: Nathan Smith red pointing Chinggis Gold 5.12a. Gorkhi-Terelj. Mongolia.

Friday night Weber Rocks plays host to the free Demo and invitation only Intercollegiate Boulder Comp. Test new gear from the industries top vendors, while watching the best local college climbers battle it out in high-ball bouldering.

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Saturday is chock full of events beginning with the Red Point Boulder Comp in the Lower Ogden Boulder Field.

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Following the Boulder Comp, we’ll have lunch sponsored by Red Bull.

From 1-3pm, event clinics for the whole family. This year’s clinics include:

* Obe Carrion’s Next Level Clinic
* Rock Rescue Clinic
* Striders Running Malans Peak Trail Run
* Children’s Bouldering Clinic
* Yoga Clinic
* Top Rope Climbing Basics Clinic
* Tour de Ogden Boulder Field

Amer Sports Theater hosts Keynote speaker Obe Carrion at 6:30pm. Obe is a 24 year veteran of climbing who has starred in several films produced by Big Up Productions. Obe currently coaches some of the world’s best climbers.

An after party catered by
Roosters Brewing Company at GEAR:30 wraps the Fest. Hang out and enjoy free food and beverages while swapping stories of the weekend’s events with Reel Rock 8 playing on the big screen.

Use the hashtag #OCF7 during the Fest so we can feature some of the best Instagrams and Tweets.

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Event | OR, Western, Osprey Night

Outdoor Western Osprey Night

OR, Western, Osprey Night

Join us for an evening celebrating Outdoor Research, Western Mountaineering, and Osprey Packs. Light refreshments including wine and cheese.

ONE NIGHT ONLY – Enjoy discounts on these specific brands. Hint: Take Advantage! Cannot combine with other coupons.

ONE NIGHT ONLY – Gift with purchase. Up to a $70 value

ONE NIGHT ONLY – Personal shopping guidance from one of the best vendor representatives in the industry, Leta Sharpe.


Where: GEAR:30, 1931 S. Washington Blvd.

When: Monday, April 21 7pm – 10pm

What: OR, Western, Osprey Night with Leta Sharpe

Why: ONE NIGHT ONLY discounts, gift with purchase, light refreshments, personal shopping guidance.

Outdoor Research: Our Story

Osprey Packs – 40 Years in the Making

Improve Your Outdoor Experience

Event | Salomon Running Demo

Salomon Demo Day

Demo Salomon Shoes and enter to win a FREE pair of your favorite Salomon’s.


April 19th in the GEAR:30 / Striders Running Parking Lot. 8am – 3pm.
The Salomon Running trailer filled with demo shoes will be in the GEAR:30 / Striders Running parking lot Saturday from 8am – 3pm. Take advantage! Test new shoes in the parking lot, run the Riverwalk, or join us on our group run. Swing by and demo some shoes!


GEAR:30 and Striders will host a group run beginning at 8:30. Be there at 8am to pick out your demo shoes. Plan 9ish miles. We’ll run from the shop parking lot to Rainbow Gardens. Hit some dirt, then return. Treats will be at the Finish.

Visit to learn more their shoes, the brand, and lifestyle.

Salomon Running TV Season 3 Episode 6:

In 1974 Gordy Ainsleigh competed against the horses in a 100 Mile trail ride through the Sierra Nevada mountains… on foot. In true pioneering spirit he wanted to achieve something that others thought impossible. This single event led to the birth of one of the most famous 100 mile footraces in the world, The Western States 100.


Improve Your Outdoor Experience.