Tomorrow morning I’ll hit the road and head to my first stop on the Utah Expedition – Zion National Park.

With any luck, it will look exactly like this:

Zion Canyon - Angels Landing, Utah
Image by Jim Trodel

We’ll see if I can overcome my fear of heights to get up to Angel’s Landing … otherwise, I’m sure I’ll have plenty to do in the four days I’m planning on spending in the park before heading on to who -knows-where-else.

Needless to say, I won’t be updating the site much for the next few weeks, but I will be making occasional posts to my Twitter and Facebook accounts if you’d like to follow along / offer advice / goad me into toughing up and doing the Angel’s Landing Trail.

I have to thank Big Agnes, Mountain House, and Backpackers’ Pantry for supplying some much-needed gear for the longest time I’ve ever spent on a solo expedition, and to the guys at Carhartt and Terramar for chipping in with a few cold-weather items just in time. Additionally, a lot of the stuff that’s coming with me is from Columbia, which has been incredibly kind to this site since I was asked to join their first #OmniTen group last year.

And I have to say it, but this trip would literally not be possible without Honda. I love taking my car hiking – but that shows, and now it’s got over 206,000 miles on it, which means it’s probably staying inside the Golden State for the rest of its life. So without them graciously lending me a 2013 Crosstour for three weeks, I’d just be hiking around L.A. (which, admittedly, wouldn’t be that bad either).

Since I started this site in 2006, I have been continuously and endlessly surprised by the kindness of the outdoor community – big companies, small companies, strangers in camp, and of course you, the readers. Thank you so much for reading, commenting, emailing, retweeting, sharing, and supporting this labor of love.

Keep a good eye and some sturdy boots on the local trails while I’m gone!

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Since founding Modern Hiker in 2006, Casey's work on the site has appeared in regional and national publications, including the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, the Associated Press, CNN, New York Magazine, High Country News, and others. He has broken several national news stories about outdoor vandalism and policies and his first book "Day Hiking Los Angeles" is available for pre-order.
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This post was written by Casey Schreiner on March 3, 2013


  • Scott says:

    Of course, I didn’t read the comments to see that you’ve actually done it.


  • Scott says:

    I HIGHLY recommend the trail up to Observation Point. The view is better than that from Angel’s Landing, plus, you get a slot canyon, creeks, a chance to watch the sedimentary rock layers change, plus a view from hundreds of feet above Angel’s Landing. Best of all, it’s not as dodgy.

    Angel’s Landing is still great though. It’s not that bad. I think Devil’s Backbone is more nerve-wracking, to be honest.

  • Bryan says:

    How did it all work out? I am headed there in April!

  • Dale says:

    That looks awesome! I always enjoy reading your blog…especially the last few entries regarding your latest solo trip! Thank you!

  • Kara says:

    You should try Observation Point….I did that hike last year and it’s amazing! A higher viewpoint than Angel’s Landing and apparently not as scary(I haven’t done Angel’s Landing so I can’t compare the two).

  • Good luck for the Angel’s landing… you can do it!

  • Alison says:

    Too bad it’s the wrong time of year for The Narrows. The best and worst hike I’ve ever been on :)
    The night after I kept waking up in the middle of the night with nightmares that I was slipping on rocks.
    But Zion was crazy great!

  • Alison says:

    Too bad it’s the wrong time of year for The Narrows. The best and worst hike I’ve ever been on :)
    The night after I kept waking up in the middle of the night with nightmares that I was slipping on rocks.
    But Zion was crazy great!

  • Steve says:

    Have fun! My then-pregnant wife and I had a fabulous trip to Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef 6 years ago, around this time, and we had the most wonderful time.

    And have a great time beyond Zion — we found that Capitol Reef was a gorgeous and under appreciated park.

  • Jon Berry says:

    Have a great time and enjoy yourself!

  • Kristin Sabo says:

    Have a great trip and thank you for taking us along with this blog, Casey. It keeps me from being too terribly jealous. :-)

  • Vicki says:

    Have a great trip. Maybe a storm will nix the Angels Landing plan. But do it. Just do it. You must. Then tell me you did it, so that I can do it, because I feel just as you feel now. Ha ha how self-serving can one be! Seriously, I am afraid of heights too but I hope the awesomeness of the prospect will override the fear.

  • Chris Marks says:

    Damn! I just got back from a trip myself and you’re already giving me wanderlust again. Have fun!

  • Kristine says:

    Oh you’ll love it. I only got to go through Narrows. I wanted to see how far I could get up Angel’s landing but a storm was passing through. Hope you make it!

  • Bryan M says:

    Get some bumbleberry pie near the entrance to the park! And I would say hike/wade in the Narrows, but maybe too cold :p

  • Colorado Gal says:

    Looking forward to seeing all of you photos, friend :) Have an amazing time!

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