Take a Trip to the Moon

Craters of the Moon in IdahoTake a trip to the moon right here on Earth. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in West Central Idaho was formed by a series of volcanic eruptions and massive lava flows between 15,000 and 2,000 years ago. The 618 square mile park so similarly resembles the moons surface that astronauts for Nasa, Alan Sheperd, Edgar Mitchell, Eugene Cernan, and Joe Engle, trained in the park for their missions in 1969. Although the area appears benign, activity along the fault lines and historical eruptions approximately every 2,000 years indicate the area is due for another eruption very soon. [Read more…]

Rock Climb in Zion National Park

Zion CanyonZion National Park in Utah offers some of the most stunning hiking, biking, and rock climbing in the North West United States. There are 40 climbing sections with over 160 different routes, making this one of the most popular climbing destinations for world class climbers. The richly colored sandstone cliffs top out around 2,000 feet and provide several big wall climbs. Few sections in the park are appropriate for beginners, but there are 2 bouldering areas in the main canyon. The weather is best for climbing from March to May after the snow is gone, then again in September to November after the summer heat dissipates. [Read more…]

Mount Rainier – Washington

Mount Rainier in Washington is an active volcano, a national park, the most glaciated peak in the United States, and stands at 14,410 feet above sea level. Reservations have to be made and fees paid to climb Mount Rainier, but thousands of mountaineers each year reach the summit successfully. Due to the potential for dangerous storms [Read more…]