As i mentioned in my last post, Im really looking forward to getting in some serious bouldering and rock climbing this spring and summer. It’s looking like it may become my next outdoor obsession. Being a bit of a gear nut, I always tend to go a little overboard when it comes to buying gear. Im sure with rock climbing, it will be no different. Here are a few of my favorite rocklclimbing outfitters near Salt Lake. Im always on the lookout for smaller, local retailers so if you know of any please let me know in the comments.
Being in the outdoors has become quite the solace for me. Living in active recovery and free from drugs and alcohol addiction for the first time in my life, experiencing outdoor activities like rock-climbing is where I find me zen. So without further a due, here a few of favorite SLC outfitters for rock climbing.
As am looking forward to the spring, Ive started scheming ways to utilize all that the Utah outdoors has to offer. Once the snow clears and my snowboard goes back to the garage, Im thinking my next adventure will be rock climbing. Living post-addiction, rock climbing is the perfect analogy for recovery. You start at the bottom, on the ground floor. You look up and can see the perilous journey that lies ahead. You have to get your hands dirty, scrape your knees and push yourself harder than you ever have before. But when you get to the top you’re stronger, you’re wiser, and all around better for it.
Drug addiction took a lot from me and Im living day by day to make my life better than it was yesterday. Sobriety is tough, but nowhere near as tough as living in active addiction. With that said, I’m really excited to try rock climbing as a new sober activity. Here a few places Im eager to try:
Kayaking has been a wonderful way for me to reconnect with nature, especially living a life in addiction recovery where so many things can be triggers. I can load the kayak on the roof of the car, head out, and be on the water just about whenever I want. The great thing about kayaking is there are so many options, especially near Salt Lake City on in Utah, for different types of experiences. I can do an easy day of lake cruising, flow a lay river, or get the endorphins and adrenaline pumping with some whitewater! Point is, kayaking offers me an escape from the worries of addiction, and I can counteract those feelings with any type of kayaking experience I want…because Utah offers such amazing things. Here are a few of my favorite places to kayak in Utah.
If Im keyed up, need a break from the world, and a place to recharge my state of mental health I go straight to Lake Powell. I typically end up at the same place overtime. You guessed it..Antelope Canyon.
For the more intense days, you know…where I could punch the next person who looks at me wrong…there’s Weber River!
Then, If I’m just feeling some beautiful scenery, the place I head for is Causey Reservoir.
As with everything I do now a days, kayaking is way for me to stay grounded in recovery and keep my mental state in check. It’s another great way to keep me mindful and connected to the world around me. It teaches me to soak it all in and live in the moment.
Most of the fishing, especially fly fishing, has been done in the south east for small mouth. Or if I was feeling up to it I would make the 3-4 hour trek to the Appalachians and fish for rainbow trout in the mountain streams of East Tennessee. Out west it’s a different game! I’ve fished plenty of Colorado: the Arkansas river and the Platte River in South Park. Here are a few of the places I plan to fish near Salt Lake City in the coming future:
Little Cottonwood Canyon Stream: when it’s stocked Ive heard its good for rainbow and Bonneville cutthroat trout. However, the stock doesn’t typically last for more than one season.
Strawberry Reservoir: An hour and half southeast of Salt Lake City Strawberry Reservoir seems to be a great place for Bonneville cutthroat trout,
Rainbow trout and Kokanee Salmon. Looks like getting here early is key!
Provo River: This seems to be the place to start, as its one of the Salt Lake City area’s most popular fishing destinations for Brown Trout.
Green River: The famous Green River is a little over 3 hours drive from Salt Lake City, but from what Ive been told, it’s well worth it. Ive even heard you can see trout by the hundreds just strolling along the bank!
Fishing is a great way to stay to practice mindfulness during addiction recovery. It calms the mind and soothes the soul. Not to mention a fantastic way to connect with nature and build an appreciation for the outdoors in a very, low-impact way.
I love Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s centrally located for a lot of different outdoor activities; skiing, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing and more! The hardest thing for me, the it comes to the outdoors is being properly outfitted. I want to be able to see and feel the equipment and make sure it’s a good fit. Hence my issues with buying any type of outdoor gear on line. If you’re in Salt Lake City here a few of my favorite outfitters and gear sales:
Salt Lake City really caters to the outdoors and nature enthusiasts. Living in recovery is super easy, with some great ways to stay active and engaged and not let addiction rule your life. These outfitters do a fantastic job of making all adventures more convenient, so I can focus on whats important: health, happiness, and mindfulness.