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Now that the snow is off of the >10,000 ft. peaks we are enjoying bagging one a weekend that have been on our list for a while. This past weekend was Mount Olympus (9,026 ft.) - strenuous 7.6 mile roundtrip with over 4,000 feet of elevation gain. This meant a constant and grueling uphill grade, often 30%.


Honestly, this trail is about the destination and not the journey - the trail didn't have much of a view (mostly of SLC itself) and despite the elevation you could hear traffic from the freeway most of the way up.

The best part, by far, was the class 3 scrambling for the last 600 ft. before the summit. Yes, that's the "trail" going straight up - it was just one hair shy of "too" scary - therefore, perfect.


At the summit the views were mostly of Twin (11,330 ft.) and Lone (11,253 ft.) peaks (behind us - Twin is the peak nearer on the left and Lone is in the distance - we'll be hiking those in July, after we do Pfeifferhorn (11,326 ft.), which is supposed to have great wildflowers this time of year).

I don't have a great camera, so I can't show you the proof, but we also saw a mother mountain goat and her baby on the lower peak to the North - I swear I see more charismatic fauna within SLC city limits than I do in the National Parks!


Since we had tickets for a Lions game that night we needed to hustle down the mountain, so we ended up ascending it in 3.5 hours and descending in 1.5 hours. My quads are STILL killing me - not just sore or sore when I do something, but burning even when I sit down. Still, that didn't keep me from a five mile run yesterday and cardio class today.

Back to the rheumatic fever chapter... and a sort of last minute idea of ours to head up to Glacier National Park for the Fourth of July weekend to give me something to plan when I need to cheering up :)

Date: 2014-06-23 09:35 pm (UTC)
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holy crap, look at that trail. "class 3 scrambling"? now there's a term i don't hear every day. :-)

Date: 2014-06-23 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Haha - right? I'm more comfortable scrambling than Nick - there were times he was convinced we weren't on the trail - and then some 10 year old kid would come traipsing down without a care in the world...

Date: 2014-06-24 11:26 am (UTC)
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I don't think I've ever been on a trail with a graded scramble - just "a scramble." that class 3 is intense!

Date: 2014-06-24 03:14 pm (UTC)
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Just as we were summitting Nick looked down the north face (we came up the south) and two guys were free solo-ing that side. They said it was only class 4 - and they only ran into two rattlesnakes.


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