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Oct 04 2011
fricknaley
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45 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Mt Nebo via Andrew's RidgeSalt Lake, UT
Salt Lake, UT
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Hiking13.12 Miles 6,009 AEG
Hiking13.12 Miles
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Mt. Nebo was the other peak (besides Timpanogos) we really wanted to hit up on our trip to the wasatch mountains. we kept a nervous eye on the forecast and planned an early start hoping for the best. in the dark we drove out to the trail through intermittent sprinkles. we tried to ignore the lightning flashes. as we got off I-15 we pulled over and check out the satellite. seemed there was a small storm over the nebo wilderness and a second one a bit south. looked pretty clear after that. we drove out to the trailhead and let it lighten up a bit. we thought about leaving then decided to wait a few minutes as it seemed to be getting darker...sure enough that second storm came in fast. we chilled in the car for about 30 minutes and it seemed to move on by...

so we went up, up, up into the nebo wonderland. first through the wet maples and oaks, getting drenched along the way but becoming ever pleased with the blue skies and drop dead scenery. as we hit andrew's ridge the wind picked up and it started getting a lot cooler. the scenery was killer though and the serious ascending kept us plenty warm. once we hit the spur to the summit ridge the trail really opened up and the hike became phenomenal from a viewpoint perspective. it really picks up in steepness to the summit ridge and we were sucking wind once we finally hit it, but looking over at mighty nebo was inspiring. it was clearly windy..and getting downright cold. we put on some more gear and took off trucking up the summit ridge. almost immediately we became aware of quickly growing black clouds coming in from the south. we reconvened and watched as they quickly blew by and it soon became evident that storm clouds were passing through. since we saw no rain or lightning and they were moving through very quickly (very windy now) we kept grinding out the last 1.8 miles to the summit of south nebo.

absolutely incredible views awaited us on top. freezing gale force winds immediately forced every bit of clothing to be put on and it was still pretty cold. we enjoyed what we could from the summit before retreating back to the saddle. the weather stabilized on the way down and i was able to slowly remove all the extra stuff. by the end it was glorious outside.

we finished off a perfect day by driving through the nebo wilderness. it was about 25 miles of endless mountains and hills covered in literally millions of gold aspen. i have never seen anything like it...truly, truly spectacular.

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Oct 04 2011
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Mt Nebo via Andrew's RidgeSalt Lake, UT
Salt Lake, UT
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Hiking13.12 Miles 6,009 AEG
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Nick summed up this hike very well, so I won't elaborate much. Considering the early storms and cloud buildup once we hit the summit ridge, I was surprised and thankful that we were actually able to safely summit the Wasatch King. Being on such a high and isolated peak with clouds quickly building and flying overhead is an exciting experience. This was probably the toughest hike I have been on to date and it was absolutely worth it. The views and the scenery were mind blowing, something I will never forget. Add to that millions of maples in full fall color and it was downright ridiculous. Wow!!! Our time on the summit ridge was about the coldest I have ever been while hiking, both Nick and I were in full cold weather gear and thankful we had brought it. After our awesome hike we were immersed in some of Utah's finest scenery on the drive back to Provo along the Nebo Scenic Byway. I don't think we could have had a more perfect day. :y:
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