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  1. Blake Merrell

    KiDdIe CaNyOnEeRiNg - Fin's & Things with the Family

    Meet up with my friend luke for a little family canyoneering trip. He and I introduced our families to Fin's and Things canyon. It was a great day out with the kiddos. As always, canyoneering with kids proves to be a wonderful adventure. The kids all seemed to have a lot of fun. And again, as...
  2. Blake Merrell

    Wind Rivers 2016: Green River to Elkhart

    Everything had worked out. The shuttle. The dates. The weather. Everything! We were ready to embark on a wild and high trek through the Wind Rivers. We started at Green River Lakes and had high hopes of finishing 7 days later at Big Sandy. In the end, I cut the trip short. but the 45 miles I did...
  3. Blake Merrell

    Family Backpacking to Ruth Lake

    Last year on a trip with @WasatchWill he pointed out to me a easy backpacking trip that was really pretty and very family and kid friendly. On July 3rd I made that trip happen. I packed up the backpacks for the wife and I, and carried my son into Ruth Lake! As expected, it was busy along the...
  4. Blake Merrell

    WRHR 2016

    Looking to plan WRHR this August! I do have a question about sumitting Gannet Peak and going up/down the NW side. Anyone done that route?
  5. Blake Merrell

    Boundary Canyon w/ Narrows Exit

    These overnight canyoneering trips are proving to be some of my favorite trips. Of course, how can ya go wrong if you add flowing water to a Zion slot canyon? I'm almost convinced that US canyoneering doesn't get much better! The orginal trip plan was to do Kolob canyon with a Narrows exit...
  6. Blake Merrell

    Kayaking Lone Rock Canyon: Another beUTAHful adventure!

    It was time. Jay and I were headed to Lake Powell for another beUTAHful adventure! This trip was a bit more special than most. Jay was diagnosed with cancer last year. and despite the successful treatments and such, it had just been to long since we had seen each other. In only a short few...
  7. Blake Merrell

    1 Year Old's Birthday Backpacking Trip

    Javan just turned 1 years old. It was time to go backpacking. I have been dreaming of this day for ages. It was time to make it happen. But how do you execute a trip like this!? First thing i had to do was commit. I knew that when it came down to the wire, that it would be easy to bail on the...
  8. Blake Merrell

    Behunin Canyon

    I went into this canyon with low expectations. seems that more people I talked to hated this canyon than liked it. well.... they were all a bunch of LIARS! L I A R S!!! Behunin was a stunning canyon with huge walls, beautiful drops and narrow slots. It all of it comes after...
  9. Blake Merrell

    Canyoneering in the Roost!

    Woah! Has It really been 7 Months since I have ran a slot canyon? My friends think I am broken and threatened to replace me. Whatev. Life is better with a bit of variety :) One day they will all learn. (haha!) Butch Cassidy and his gang are rumored to have hidden in the remote sections of the...
  10. Blake Merrell

    Shooting in 4k

    Mod note: This thread is split from: http://backcountrypost.com/threads/wind-rivers-traverse-backpacking-90-miles-in-the-wind-rivers.5352/ Would you mind elaborating why you filmed in 4K?
  11. Blake Merrell

    Utah Lake on ICE

    Last week, I took the family to play around on Utah lake for a bit with our snow sled. I had some fun with my GoPro :)
  12. Blake Merrell

    Sea Kayaking in British Columbia

    10 years ago I embarked on dream trip; a dream trip that I hadn't yet dreamed! I was invited to go on a "yak" trip through fjords of beautiful British Columbia. It was me and 3 other guys. I was 23, and the other guys--I swear-- were 90 years old! (don't tell them I said that!) They were great...
  13. Blake Merrell

    Wind River Trip - Day 6 - Hobbs Lake

    What?! We have to go home? Honestly, the only thing I was looking forward to was seeing my wife and 5 month old son. If it wasn't for them, I would have prefered not to leave. Rather be doing more of this! But leave we must. After relaxing day at Island Lake, we hit the trail again. We...
  14. Blake Merrell

    Wind River Trip - Day 5 - Island Lake

    After a nice romp though Indian creek, we eventually made it back to Island Lake. Popular? yup. Most beautiful lake in the Winds? I have no idea, but it sure was pretty! Camp for the night felt like I was in a campground. It was a weird feeling, seeing that we were 12 miles away from the TH...
  15. Blake Merrell

    Wind River Trip - Day 4 - Indian Basin and Knife Point Glaicer

    It was decided. Due to Adams shin splints we would not be completing our loop through the Alpine Lakes and Wall lake. It was me who made the call. The healthy one. Adam wasn't going to be "that guy" to prevent us from making our goal. But, with as much as he was struggling to hike on the trails...
  16. Blake Merrell

    Wind River Trip - Day 3 - Summit of Fremont Peak

    I had two journal entries for the trip. this was one of them. August 20th, 2015: I had a special day today. I climbed Fremont Peak! It was long and hard. Most of the way up I questioned whether it was worth it or not. Adam has a hurt shin, so he climbed most of the way but couldn't finish. So I...
  17. Blake Merrell

    Wind River Trip - Day 2 - Exploration of Titcomb Basin

    August 19th. 2nd day of the trip. So far we haven't been eaten by bears (haha!) This day was a day to relax and wander. So that is what we did. The morning was cold and beautiful. As you can see in many of the pictures, the basin was full of smoke. but that smoke made for some pretty effects...
  18. Blake Merrell

    Wind River Trip - Day 1 - Elkhart TH to Titcomb Basin

    Tuesday, August 18th. This was one of the most highly anticipated days of the year. It was the day I set foot in the Wind River mountain range! It was a great day. Banff. Alps. Bella Coola. These are some of the prettiest mountains ranges I have seen in my life. They were the mountain ranges I...
  19. Blake Merrell

    #OptOutside

    Where did you #OptOutside? I took my little family to Maple Canyon for a little adventure :) It was only 20 degrees. Warm enough to take a infant out, noh? lol
  20. Blake Merrell

    Middle Basin w/ a Summit of Hayden Peak

    As I was hiking along in the Wind River Mountain range, I knew that another week long trip this year would not be doable. My wife was already sacrificing way to much, and for me to leave her and my newborn son for a 3rd week-long pleasure trip would be utterly selfish of me. It wasn't to hard of...

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