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Happy Canyon Narrows Backpack – day 1

April 22, 2024
Emilie Phillips

This is the 4th post from our 2024 Trip to Utah. A warning to anyone hiking from the Happy Canyon airstrip down the narrows to the Dirty Devil river: the pictures on the web showing a dry sandy floor in the narrows are all from people hiking in from the lower end. There are significant […]

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[skip to details about towing with an EV] Last year I started looking at gliders. My primary desire was for a glider I didn’t have to stand in line for, and I could take up flying for as long or as far as I wanted. The next priority was something that was easy to maintain […]

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My second 2 hour flight towards the bronze badge was on June 1st. The lift was forecast to be decent this day, but there wouldn’t be clouds. I would have to find it by luck, or by spotting a bird or other glider circling. Tyson noticed the thermals were forecast to top out around 7,000′. […]

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I am finally making progress towards my bronze badge. That was my goal last year for gliding. There are a bunch of requirements, but the ones I found impossible were two flights, each over two hours duration. My first two hour flight this year was on May 11th. I learned last year that I needed […]

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This is the third post about our 2024 Trip to Utah and the first day we all three get into the back country. Isaac and I caught up with Tyson in Salt Lake City. He had parked the airplane at Skypark (KBTF), the community airstrip north of Salt Lake City and south of Hill Air […]

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Zealand Falls

May 26, 2024
Emilie Phillips

For all the times we have skied past the turn off to Zealand Falls on the way to Zealand Notch, we have never taken the half mile detour to see the falls or the hut. In the summer when the road is open, it is an easy 6 mile out and back. Isaac enjoyed the […]

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New snow for Crescent Ridge

March 23, 2024
Emilie Phillips

The week we returned from skiing in Colorado, it rained, turned warm, and rained more. The pathetic New Hampshire winter was over. Everything below 2,000′ was brown. Rather than desperately scraping my skis on remnants of brown snow, I contented myself with having ended the season with the great skiing in Colorado. And then, winter […]

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Leaving Fowler-Hilliard

March 1, 2024
Emilie Phillips

All good vacations come to an end. Friday we had to leave. First, we enjoyed another breakfast in the company of the other skiers. There was a new pair the previous night. We got to chatting with one of them. She had booked the hut last minute because the winds were too high to fly […]

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