Under 21 scene: Camping in the Uintas
August 13, 2010
Map: check, compass: check, outdoor adventure: check.
Large evergreens and pristine lakes characterize the surreal beauty of the Uinta Mountains. Avid lake-seeker Andrew Price explores the Uinta wilderness " two or three times a week."
Price says it takes about 40 minutes to get to "huge lakes that are so clear that you can see the fish from shore." His two favorite lakes in the area are Washington and Trial Lake. "When I go on these day trips, I only bring a map and some goggles and I find myself exploring for hours," he says.
Price recently went on a weekend camping trip with friends. "I couldn’t believe it was only $6 for a three-day pass to camp with four other friends," he says.
Kasey Coyle, one of the weekend campers, described her experience as "an escape from the everyday setting that we’ve grown accustomed to."
Coyle believes that one of the most crucial supplies for a good camping trip is a guitar. "It’s always fun to engage everyone in one place around the campfire," she says, adding, "and I just like to show off." She believes the best campfire songs "are the funny and inappropriate ones."
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Also, it is always important to not forget safety in the wilderness. "Warm clothing, a compass, maps, water and a cell phone are key factors to having a safe trip," says Price.
Coyle adds, "Always bring a first aid kit," just in case. For more camping do’s and don’t’s go to http://www.treadlightly.org.
Wednesdays at Deer Valley, Thursdays at Newpark, Saturdays at The Canyons, Sundays at Quarry Village
Jordanelle Marina rentals: 435-655-9919
Monday night spaghetti specials with live entertainment
451 South 400 West
1635 Redstone Center Dr.
Supplies available at Walmart or craft stores
Supplies can be purchased at Target
DIY instructions at http://www.wikihow.com/make-a-ladder-golf-game
Supplies available at grocery or convenience stores
Tips at http://www.treadlightly.org
Information and maps at http://www.go-utah.com/Uinta-Mountains/Camping