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5 Tips for Proper Trail Etiquette

By Kevin Koontz on June 27, 2018

in Outdoors

As the value and benefits of outdoor recreation become more recognized, we continue to see an upsurge in people flocking to public lands. Visitation to National Parks, State Parks, Forest Service lands, and Bureau of Land Management areas have steadily increased year after year.  

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Staying Safe in the Outdoors This Summer

Summer is here and outdoor enthusiasts are ready to hit the trails, explore the backcountry and spend some time in nature. As you prepare for your next outdoor adventure, Dr. Kelly Goonan, Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Outdoor Recreation at Southern Utah University has a few tips to stay safe and happy.

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SUU Student Digs Geology

Students at Southern Utah University often have a front row seat to some of the greatest experiential learning available. Mackenzie Cope, a geology major and senior from West Valley City, Utah, had the opportunity to experience this first hand.

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Meet Our Professors: Briget Eastep, Outdoor Recreation

Dr. Briget Eastep, Southern Utah University’s Director of Outdoor Engagement, began her career as an outdoor educator in 1991 as a Ranger at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico. She is now an associate professor for outdoor recreation who works with campus and community partners to broaden opportunities in service learning and experiential education. Under her tutelage students gain involvement and leadership skills while giving back to their local public lands.

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Get Outside for National Trails Day (June 2)

By Kenzie Lundberg on May 25, 2018

in Outdoors

Join a historic event and leave the trail a better place with the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Trail System, the American Hiking Society is asking volunteers to pledge to pack out trash, join a trail work project or clean up a park. Together, they hope to improve 2,802 miles of trails - the distance across the United States.

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Top 10 Places To Camp Near Cedar City

By Kaden Mcbride on May 24, 2018

in Cedar City, Outdoors

One of the best ways to explore the picturesque scenery of southern Utah is through camping. The area is full of rugged mountain peaks, red rock expanses and wild areas unique to this corner of the world. With so much to take in, we’ve compiled an insider’s guide on the some of the best places to camp that aren’t very far from Southern Utah University.

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Top 10 Mountain Biking Trails in Southern Utah

By Phenix Johnson on May 08, 2018

in Student Experience, Outdoors

Southern Utah is a vast playground for outdoor enthusiasts. It has countless recreation opportunities for every experience level all within a short drive from Cedar City. What some might not know is that there are fifty miles of mountain biking trails on the mountain slopes east of Cedar City, so you don’t have to go far to have fun.

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10 Outdoor Essentials

By Kevin Koontz on March 23, 2018

in Outdoors

Packing the essentials for back country or day hikes is always a good idea. Each item won't be used every time, but they will be appreciated most in times of need. The original ten essentials list was assembled in the 1930s by The Mountaineers, a Seattle-based organization for climbers and outdoor adventurers to help people prepare for outdoor emergency situations.       

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Climbing Trip Packing List

By Kevin Koontz on March 20, 2018

in Outdoors

Below is a packing list for those interested in sport climbing, different gear is needed for different kinds of climbing. Sport climbing is a form of rock climbing that relies on permanent anchors fixed to the rock for protection. Other types of the activity, like traditional climbing, require the climber to place removable protection as they climb.

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Weather Hazards

By Kevin Koontz on March 15, 2018

in Outdoors

Be mindful of the weather when hiking and participating in outdoor activity. Weather hazards include tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, and winter weather. It is important to identify warnings and dangers for each, and know what to do when one is encountered. 

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