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The Western Adventure Goes Soft and Rugged

Seven a.m. came three hours too early. I did my best to rally, though, and slipped into the Outdoor Retailer Industry breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Shhhh. The event kicked off the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2011 trade show Aug. 3-7 in Salt Lake City, where manufacturers displayed next year’s gear for retail buyers.

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Flash Floods in Slot Canyons: Avoid Them

Slot canyons entice you to reach in and "taste' -- just like the food bins at the supermarket when no one’s around. The narrow slivers of space sandwiched between twisted stone walls make for an adventure of skill, guts and athleticism. And it’s all fun and games until one black cloud creeps overhead. Slot canyons, like those you find in the southwest and throughout southern Utah, are formed by surges of water over thousands of years that grind away the limestone or sandstone surfaces. If water can do that to rock, imagine what it could do to poor fleshy you if you were caught off guard. When those storm clouds rumble and threaten to drench the ground, it’s a stellar idea to be far away from any slot. Heavy rain over a short period of time in arid areas equals deadly flash flooding. Imagine a torrent of water, sediment, sticks, logs and debris charging down the narrow opening. That kind of power can lift and drag a car for miles.

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Top Five National Forests Within a Stone’s Throw of Civilization

Not everyone “enjoys” the outdoors and when it comes to pitching a tent, slapping on bug spray and going three days without a shower, even fewer sign on for the adventure of packing into backcountry. Sometimes roughing it simply means a queen instead of a king and no walk-in closet but, that shouldn’t exclude the West's perhaps less-adventurous from experiencing the outdoors. Try these five woodsy destinations within reach of a top-tier restaurant and plush (non-inflatable) mattresses.

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There’s Still Time to Catch Some of the West’s Best Music Fests

Northern Rockies Folk Festival, Hailey, Idaho A two-day show jam-packed with local Wood River Valley talent, as well as national acts playing everything from rock, folk and Zydeco to Americana and country. Up-and-coming bands with local ties, and student musicians get 15 minutes on stage during set changes. Aug. 5 - 6, 2011. Outside Lands, Golden Gate Park, California Launched by the people who created Bonnaroo, this mainstream (think Further, Levon Helm, Social Distortion, Slightly Stoopid), two-day celebration of music, food, wine and art brings together more than 70,000 people. Phish is playing two sets. Need we say more?? Aug. 12-14, 2011.

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Summertime at the Utah Olympic Park

It’s easy to think that a tour around the Utah Olympic Park in Park City puts you smack in the spectator’s seat. There's a quality ski museum, some "kiddie" rides like ziplines, bobsleds on wheels and an alpine slide, along with World Cup athletes who put on a aerial show every Saturday afternoon. But flinging yourself off a ramp into a swimming pool isn’t realistic unless you’re practicing for the Dummy Downhill? Wrong. The UOP offers intro-to-aerial clinics all summer long for anyone over 7. You got balls? Huck ‘em. Coaches get you warmed up on the professional-grade trampolines then (wet)suit you up for the (cold) swimming pool.

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Five Best Climbing Events in the West

The downside of rock climbing is that it’s like tennis. You need a partner to play. Fortunately, there’s always some signature climbing festival that sprouts up come spring. Climbing fests are like speed-dating events, where after a ding of a bell, you've sampled the lot and usually found yourself a new partner (and a new water bottle, chalk bag and routes to climb). You’ve also had one hell of a great time. After all, you’re hanging out with a few hundred of your peers, climbing all day and rocking out all night. Here's a decent sampling of fests around the Rockies:

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Flying and Free Falling in Utah’s Vertical Wind Tunnel

I flew iFly. It was one of those happen–to-be-in-the-neighborhood kind of moments. I had driven to Ogden to visit a friend at Salomon and, although I have had the Salomon Center on my to-do list since the place opened I had never checked it off. Until today. Heck, why not? I was here and when would I be "here" again? iFly is skydiving without the plane and without the drop. A giant wind tunnel suspends you as you simulate a freefall without actually falling. A lot of the time you’re actually rising. Skydivers and the military use this system for training. In fact, the SkyVenture Fort Bragg in North Carolina is used for advanced free-fall training by the JFK Special Warfare School. There are roughly 10 of these types of indoor tunnels in the U.S. and only one in Utah. I had to try it.

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