Skydiving & Backpacking Lake Blanche

A few weekends ago I had a girls weekend with my friends Kelly and Kristin! Kelly flew in from Phoenix, and we started the weekend celebrating Kristin’s birthday Friday night at Purgatory bar in Salt Lake.

On Saturday morning we woke up early to go skydiving! We drove about 45 min west of Salt Lake to Toole, UT where Skydive Utah is located. We got checked in and watched the other sky divers take off and land before it was our turn. We got into our suits and harnesses and met our tandem partners to go over rules and safety before getting on the plane. The plane fit about 20 people and we ascended to 13000 ft before jumping out. The experienced solo jumpers jumped out the door first and that’s when it started feeling real! I was the most scared hanging out of the plane but after we jumped the adrenaline kicked in! We did a couple of flips when we jumped out and then my partner Aaron pulled the first small parachute. From there we were free falling for about 1 minute and I was loving it! The air definitely pushed my cheeks back like you see in pictures and my mouth was dry but the experience was amazing. He took pictures with his Go Pro the whole time to document my facial expressions haha. He pulled the 2nd large parachute after the free fall and it went smoothly! We then coasted above the valley and the Great Salt Lake for about 5 minutes before getting ready to land. That part was my favorite because we could relax, take off our goggles, and soak in the views. It was so beautiful and I’m so glad I did it in Utah! We landed softly on our butts and then I really got to soak it all in with the girls!

After Skydiving we drove back to Salt Lake and had a little down time before backpacking Lake Blanche. We drove about 30 min to the trailhead and got there right after the morning rush had left around 3pm. We hiked 3.5 miles up to the top and set up camp before cooking dinner and watching the sunset. It was so fun to soak in the day and catch up with the girls, we were all still on cloud 9 from the skydiving it was hard to sleep! We woke up early the next morning and had breakfast before packing up camp and hiking back down. We got caught in the rain on the way down but it was really refreshing compared to the heat in the city. We went to Wasatch Brewery after to celebrate a successful hike and then we dropped Kelly off at the airport later that evening. It was an amazing weekend and I’m so thankful there’s so many adventurous things to do near Salt Lake City!

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