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Mount TimpanogosMountainlands, UT
Mountainlands, UT
Backpack avatar Jul 30 2016
Backpack12.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Backpack12.00 Miles   12 Hrs      1.00 mph
3,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
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The Summer of Hiking --- all over the place! A last minute decision to spend the night below the summit of Mount Timpanogos was made as I was driving in to UT and saw it looming in the distance, remembered the fun I had up there in my younger days, and wanted something to break the monotony of an 8 hour trip across NV. I literally unpacked the car, got the wife and kids situated with their cousins, backed a backpack, and was off. A late start at 4:30pm but I knew the trail and wasn't concerned. The Aspen Grove trail to the summit is a well graded sequence of switchbacks up a very steep piece of ravine. The waterfalls and wildflowers were turned up to maximum. An earlier thunderstorm had left the air warm and humid. The magic increased when I arrived at the sequence of meadows below the glacial fed Emerald Lake to find an entire herd of wild goats munching on the verge surrounding the trail. Numerous backpackers had set up their tents to face this idyllic scene. I made a bivy near the edge of a ledge overlooking a lower sequence of lakes, the cirque that forms the base of the summit, and the Uinta range in the distance. Distant thunderstorms entertained me during a quick dinner, interrupted only by a momma and her kid who chose to walk right through my little camp. With rain seeming imminent, I made hasty clean-up, got the pack covered, jumped in to my bivy and battened down the hatches. Brief but intense bouts of rain and wind interrupted my sleep a couple of times during the night -- the pleasure of a bivy is found in the hike up the mountain, the curse, when you have to hole yourself up against rainy weather, making sure the top flap always extends over the bottom flap lest your whole bivy fill with water! This inconvenience notwithstanding, the cool air and raging wind were a welcome change from the heat that accompanied us in our recent trip to Yosemite. Over 100 degrees there! Here, it probably got down to the 50s and I snuggled up and fell asleep to the sounds of rain hitting the bivy directly above my ear, and the wind ripping at the fabric. And for all the bivy naysayers out there, I awoke dry and happy with the sunrise and headed back down the mountain in order to get to the airport in time to retrieve my mother-in-law :D
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