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Utah County - Mt NeboCentral, UT
Central, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2014
PatrickL
Hiking8.91 Miles 3,689 AEG
Hiking8.91 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   2.06 mph
3,689 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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My original plan was to hike up Andrew's Ridge and then traverse the ridge between the south and north peaks, but hiking Delano Peak the day before gave me a glimpse into my own mortality, so I settled for something a little more subdued... that, and I consistently oversleep. I drove to the trailhead after gassing up in Nephi and stopping at the various overlooks along the Nebo Byway. Lots of cow pies during the first couple miles of this trail, and of course steep sections. There was one stretch of trail on the west side of North Peak that was freaking me out. It's a foot wide with a long tumble on one side. I can't handle this and I'm about to head up the ridge to Nebo? :sweat:

I hit Wolf Pass and took a short breather before crawling up the steep slope leading to the beginning of the ridge. This is the point where you're facing the route head-on and it's exciting. I made my way across the bits of talus trail and felt surprisingly great. The exposure on the narrow but gentle trail earlier had me feeling more on edge (punny) than this part. :-k I could see two people coming down from the peak and it looked insane. I wasn't sure if I'd top out on this one, but I pressed on anyways. There were 5 people on the ridge, including myself. I spoke with the first guy who said he turned around after losing his nerve near the top. The others assured me it was nothing. Then that was it. I was alone and my somewhat false sense of security was gone. Well, let's see how bad it gets...

There were a couple spots where I moved really slowly. I'd say they were class 2.5/3, just really steep with some consequences at the bottom should you fall. Trekking poles, tunnel vision, and patience were key, and in that order. Once below the peak on the east side, it's a light scramble to the summit. And by light scramble, I mean an easy scramble made more difficult by the feeling of being on the edge. The views from the top of Nebo are astounding. Big mountain ranges and colorful valleys in all directions, and lakes to the north. There was a talus trail heading south which made the traverse between the three peaks seem more attainable, but that's surely for another time. No summit register, benchmarks, or anything else that I could find, just 360 degrees of beautiful scenery.
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