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  • 3 Reasons to Practice Yoga In The Wild

    Posted by Melissa Phillips
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    As yoga steadily gains popularity, yoga studios are saturating the market like Starbucks. The abundance of studios makes it tempting to keep your practice confined within four walls.  While many yoga studios are cozy, serene and welcoming places, studios can't compete with the awe-inspiring beauty of nature that is ever present. As Labor Day approaches, you may be looking towards the fall but don't discount summer yet! There is still plenty of time left to take your practice outside into the days of summer. And there are plenty of reasons to do so.

    • Sun – Nothing new here but a reminder that vitamin D provides many physical and mental health benefits.  Don't forget to apply a natural sunscreen before stepping outside.
    • Mix it up – Perhaps you are like me and you have reached periods of burnout from your yoga practice. As the teacher guides you through another sun salutation you are secretly thinking "How many of these have I done in class already today?  Can't we do something different?"  By taking your mat outside, you add variety to your practice and take preventative measures against yoga burnout.
    • Birds and Bees–When you practice outside, you are connecting with the roots of your being - all of our beings – Mother Earth.  Take the time to reconnect with nature. Close your eyes and take in the sounds of the birds calling in the distance, the scent of fragrant blossoms, and the feeling of the subtle breeze on your skin. Let life be simple.

    Now that I have convinced you to get outside, you might be wondering where or how to practice outside. Here are my suggestions:

    • Check with local yoga studios- Many studios are starting to offer outdoor yoga classes in the summer.
    • Gather a group of friends – Round up your nearest and dearest yoga buddies for a fun, impromptu outdoor gathering.
    • Hire a Teacher – If you can't find any outdoor yoga classes, propose the idea to your favorite yoga teacher or hire a teacher!
    • Retreat to the outdoors – Find a retreat that takes place outside (camping, in the jungle, at the beach, etc.) or incorporates outdoor yoga classes as part of the retreat.

    Bio:  Melissa is looking forward to taking her yoga practice outside this fall at the Red Rock Yoga and Hiking Retreat in otherworldly Goblin Valley, Utah with Get In The Wild Adventures. Besides practicing yoga with goblins, Melissa founded and directs the Northwest Yoga Conference which takes place in the Seattle, WA area each February.

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  • Fall Canyoneering Trips Start Soon; Join Us For a Wilderness Redrock Vacation You Won't Soon Forget Including Our Highly Sought Canyoneering Basecamp Adventure!

    Posted by Christopher Hagedorn
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    Canyoneering Basecamp adventures are some of our most exciting and sought after trips that we offer in the spectacular redrock canyons of southern Utah. The following are a few of the many things that we provide on a custom canyoneering basecamp adventure:

    • Guaranteed solitude in some of the most beautiful, rugged and unexplored regions of the Colorado Plateau. Some of the areas that we operate include the Dirty Devil Wilderness, Robbers Roost Wilderness, Fiddler Butte Wilderness and French Springs Wilderness. We are also the only guide service operating in many of these areas.
    • Flexibility in your daytime activities. We can put together a diverse variety of day trip options from easy to difficult that include slickrock hiking, desert hiking, canyoneering, natural history, or photography. Additionally, if anyone in your group has an interest in yoga we can also include some complimentary Yoga In The Wild in your itinerary. We offer wilderness-based yoga retreats and adventures and can incorporate this into guests schedules who have interest.
    • Luxurious basecamp complete with camp kitchen, drinking water, hot showers, lounge chairs and bathroom facilities.
    • Healthy and delicious meals which include a hot breakfast and dinner each day as well as a packed lunch for our daily hiking adventure.
    • Campfires complete with good conversation as well as a variety of tasty treats to enjoy around the fire.

    Join us this Fall for a wilderness adventure vacation of a lifetime with Get In The Wild Adventures.  www.Getinthewild.com.  (818) 381-WILD. 

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  • Join us in 2012 for Exciting Canyoneering Trips in Capitol Reef National Park

    Posted by Christopher Hagedorn
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    Great news for fans of the beautiful and awe-inspiring red-rock canyons of Southern Utah.  We just received our 2012 Commercial Use Permit for Capitol Reef National Park.  We have a variety of exciting canyoneering trips planned which include some of the best slot-canyons in the Southwest.   

    For those unfamiliar with the park, it is characterized by colorful sandstone formations, cliffs, canyons, ridges, buttes and monoliths.  It’s most stunning geologic feature is a 100 mile long warp in the Earth’s crust known as the Waterpocket Fold.  This 65 million year old fold is the largest exposed monocline in the North America.  It is comprised of younger and older layers of the Earth’s crust which were folded over each other in an S-shape.  This striking geologic feature was probably caused by the same collision of continental plates that created the Rocky Mountains.  It has weathered and eroded over melinnea to expose a fascinating amalgam of brilliantly colored sandstone cliffs and canyons, gleaming white domes and contrasting layers of intricately shaped rock and sand.



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  • The Silence and Solitude of the Wild

    Posted by Christopher Hagedorn
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    We feel that our offerings are more important than ever as many people are experiencing significantly elevated levels of stress and anxiety related to the coronavirus.

    Our trips offer a respite to disconnect from the constant barrage of provoking news headlines and connect to the healing power of nature. Research shows that spending just 20 minutes in nature provides stress relief through the lowering of cortisol (a stress hormone) in the body. Imagine what a full day of fresh air and sunshine can do to refuel your spirit.

    The occurrence of the coronavirus provides an opportunity for all of us to examine our health-related habits as they relate to not only the coronavirus but the cold and flu as well. It is important that we all take steps to maintain individual and community health. Our guests' health, safety and well-being are of the highest priority to us.

    Here at Get in the Wild, we are making a few adjustments with this in mind:

    First, as the global community works to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, any half- or full-day trips that are booked for dates in March, April and May will receive a complimentary upgrade to a private booking. This means that it is extremely unlikely that you will encounter another human being, besides your guide, during your adventure. We hope that this provides guests with peace of mind to relax and enjoy their experience without concerns about the health of other guests. Please note that all half- and full-day trips still require a minimum of two guests per booking.

    Second, we will be implementing a deeper cleaning of guest canyoneering equipment after each trip. While we are fortunate to guide adventures in a sunny environment, which in and of itself provides a level of protection from the virus as the sun's ultra-violet rays destroy the virus' proteins within minutes, we will be spraying equipment with coronavirus-specific disinfectant between trips as an extra precaution.

    Third, any guest booked for a trip in March, April, or May can opt to reschedule their adventure to a later date, within the next 12 months, without additional fees. Date changes must be requested at least 21 days in advance of the scheduled trip.

    We encourage travelers to make informed decisions and take the precautions they feel are necessary for their health and safety. Get In The Wild's doors remain open and committed to offering wilderness adventures in an extraordinary landscape.

    Christopher Hagedorn
    Owner/Lead Guide
    Get In The Wild

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  • A New Horizon - How Get in the Wild Was Created

    Posted by Christopher Hagedorn
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    Wow—what an amazing journey it has been over the past ten years. Little did I know then that I would be leading a small, outdoor adventure company in the remote, tiny little town of Hanksville, Utah—population 260.

    No, I didn’t choose Hanksville on purpose—it chose me. More on that later...

    I had just been laid off from my job as a city Public Works Director following the economic downturn in 2009. While at the time I assumed I would continue on in my pursuit as an engineer, and NASA astronaut candidate, that was all about to change. Following an extensive three day interview process for the City Manager position in Leavenworth, WA--I came in second, and a job offer from the City of Laguna Beach, CA for their Publics Works Director position--I turned it down, something life changing came over me. I had spent the last thirty years of my life on a journey to achieve one of life’s greatest adventures and become a United States Astronaut. This was all I knew. It was the first time that I came to the realization that I probably wouldn’t achieve this goal in my life. After all, I had applied to NASA three times already—the last one of 8500 applicants, our country no longer had a spaceship, and I wasn’t getting any younger. As I look back today, I consider this awakening my “mid-life epiphany”. With this new awakening, and the freedom it realized, my first ever business—Get In The Wild—was born.

    The idea of starting an outdoor adventure company was easy. After all, from as early as I could remember I always had a passion for exploration in the outdoors. Throughout my youth I was always the one organizing trips and trying to convince friends and family to join me on wild, remote expeditions. Equally apparent was the types of tours and classes I wanted to offer as well as their location. I had become an accomplished alpine mountaineer in the Pacific Northwest and could never get enough of climbing and crawling through southern Utah’s amazing canyon country.

    The specific location of where to guide in southern Utah was initially a bit more daunting. Everywhere within this vast and otherworldly landscape seemed ideal. Developing Get In The Wild’s mission is what made the process easy. I pulled out my maps and decided “where not to go”. I quickly eliminated all of the most popular and overcrowded destinations that already had plenty of guide services. Just about center of the Colorado Plateau geographically was this equally beautiful and amazing wilderness area that had just as much to offer with one small difference—there weren’t any people. Very few had heard about the fascinating landscape that comprised the Dirty Devil/Robbers Roost Wilderness. At the time I didn’t even realize it had an extremely unique quality that even fewer people knew about—solitude is protected here. Yes, you heard that right, solitude, the essence of untouched wilderness had a federally designated protection here. How cool was that? ...and yes, the nearest town just happened to be Hanksville.

    This past year I was looking to create GITW’s first professional, technical canyoneering video. As part of this process I looked at one of our wonderful partners—the Utah Office of Tourism (UOT). I knew the Visit Utah website was a treasure trove of wonderful travel information for the state of Utah. I recalled seeing a variety of professional, outdoor videos on the site and took another look. I quickly discovered that the state didn’t have a technical canyoneering video. This seemed to present a great win, win opportunity as the state of Utah is one of the best canyoneering destinations on the planet. I reached out to one of my contacts there, proposed a canyoneering video collaboration, and we were off and running. We spent five, long and very rewarding days filming at this incredible outdoor landscape that I am fortunate to call my office and my home. A requisite for filming was to keep specific filming locations private to protect this area’s unique and invaluable resources. Since the birth of GITW, it’s been our mission not to reveal specific locations that we travel in an effort to protect them for future generations of Americans. I hope you enjoy the new video as well as the new website pages that were created for the project. They do a great job of capturing this very special landscape as well as a few of the exciting activities we take in along the way.

    Christopher Hagedorn
    Owner, Lead Guide
    Get In The Wild

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    Feb 21 Tags: Canyonlands, Robbers Roost, Utah
  • Alpine Canyoneering in the Pacific Northwest

    Posted by Christopher Hagedorn
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    Exciting news! Beginning in the summer of 2019, Get In The Wild will offer the first guided technical canyoneering adventures in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). The tours will be offered in the spectacular North Cascade Mountains near Seattle, Washington. The North Cascades offers some of the most magnificent, remote and awe-inspiring alpine landscapes in America.

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    Jagged peaks, cascading waterfalls, wild and remote glaciers are a few of the beautiful landforms that comprise this amazing area. With over 300 glaciers in an area of 684,000 acres, the North Cascades is the premier destination for alpine canyoneering in North America

    Get In The Wild offered it’s first canyoneering courses in the PNW in 2010. As the only local, PNW-based canyoneering company, we have spent the past twenty-three years in this amazing backcountry. We have combined knowledge, skills and experience taken from our alpine mountaineering and glacier climbing programs to create the first Alpine Canyoneering Program in America. We are excited to share this knowledge and experience as part of a newly designed Alpine Canyoneering Training Program. This program will provide the most comprehensive set of canyoneering skills designed specifically for PNW canyoneering. The program will include three separate 4-day modules including: (1) basic canyoneering skills and ropework, (2) swiftwater skills and (3) alpine skills. The 4-day program length is designed for flexibility to provide students with options tailored to their individual backgrounds and expereince.

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    Over the past twenty-three years we have learned in order to safely experience the rugged and wild landscapes of the PNW, one has to be very well-rounded with a comprehensive set of wilderness skills. To visit these areas often requires skills in off-trail bushwhacking, backpacking, rock climbing, ice-climbing, canyoneering and glacier mountaineering. We have brought together skills from each of these fundamental areas in creating this exciting new Alpine Canyoneering program—the first of its kind in the PNW and North America. We are very excited to share this knowledge with intrepid, wilderness explorers who share our passion for exploring and experiencing some of the most spectacular and unexplored landscapes in Washington state and the Planet.

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  • New for Spring 2019: 127 Hours Canyoneering Adventure

    Posted by Christopher Hagedorn
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    Join us for an action-packed adventure in the canyon made famous by Aron Ralston in the epic Hollywood movie—127 Hours. Bluejohn Canyon is a physically challenging canyoneering adventure that includes tight narrow slots, exciting potholes, spectacular down-climbs and awe-inspiring rappels. This fun, technical slot-canyon has some of the most beautiful slots in the spectacular Robbers Roost Wilderness made famous by another Hollywood epic—Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. This amazing canyon system includes three separate forks that can be enjoyed as a single-day, or multi-day adventure.

    Register Today at:  https://fareharbor.com/getinthewild/items/121231/

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  • 3 Reasons Fall is the Perfect Time to Visit Southern Utah

    Posted by Christopher Hagedorn
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    1. Fewer Crowds:  Tourism in Southern Utah peaks in spring after winter has melted away and the wildflowers are blooming, and in summer when kids are out of school and parents rely on the great outdoors for family time. Fall is a quieter season in canyon country and offers more breathing room and solitude to explore the vast wilderness. Enjoy fewer cars on the road, no lines to get in and better rates for lodging!DSC 9874 edit
    2. Ideal Weather:  Strong gusts of winds howl through Southern Utah during the springtime but tend to dissipate in the fall. Additionally, temperatures are typically 70-75 degrees with sunshine making for pleasant adventures in canyon country. IMG 4492 edit 960
    3. Fall Colors:  When thinking about the best places to see fall colors in the country, red rock country is not what usually comes to mind, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a range of opportunities to admire the cottonwood and aspens turning from green to golden in Southern Utah. The canyons are dotted with grand cottonwoods that make a striking contrast against the warm red canyon walls. Drive up into the Henry Mountains to admire a forest of aspens making the transition to fall.IMG 0803 edit 960

    If you are visiting Southern Utah during the fall season, we would love to have you join us on a canyon adventure. You can find more details about Get In the Wild’s offerings at www.getinthewild.com



    Aug 01 Tags: Southern Utah, Yoga
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