With most of the contribution team out on climbing trips, I figured it’d be a perfect time to post a few pictures from last season. Continue reading
As the snowboarding season winds down, the peak-bagging season winds up. Desert towers and alpine summits are the name of the game for spring in the Beehive State, thanks to moderate temperatures, mostly predictable weather patterns, and a consolidated snowpack.
I had the pleasure of getting atop Mount Nebo this weekend with the Utah Climbing Club, and I’m looking forward to repeating the excursion. Standing 11,928 feet tall, Nebo holds the singular honor of being the tallest and most prominent peak in the Wasatch, but is summited on a less regular basis than her younger sister, Timpanogos, due, in part, to population proximity. It’s amazing the affect an extra 30 minutes of driving will have on the crowds. Continue reading
Those who have an active lifestyle, mixed with a healthy dose of adventure, occasionally will have one that somehow transcends the others, and sticks out in their minds as one that was just extra special.
There’s no formula, no special concoction, no required parameters for this to happen, it’s just one of the neat by-products of being in the outdoors. It could be a weather event, the gaseous nature of your climbing partner, the snow conditions, the view, or any number of different factors, but the fact remains that we all sometimes just have that one trip that was so fun that it supersedes most others in our memories.
I can think of several times this has happened to me, but I’ll focus briefly on a little excursion that happened in the summer of 2010. I had decided it would be fun to hike Mount Timpanogos (11,749′) at night, set up my camera on a tripod, and get a time-lapse of the USGS survey hut on the summit, with the stars careening overheard, all the way through the night into the morning when the sun came up.
As is the case with most memorable experiences, things didn’t work out as we hoped, and because of that, I will cherish that overnighter for the rest of my life. It wasn’t anything special; we didn’t get aggro on gnarly route, we didn’t BASE jump off the summit cone, and we didn’t save the planet from greenhouse gasses, but despite it all, we had an incredibly fun evening fill with friends, laughter, and the unmatched experience of being in nature.
Here’s to a life filled with many more of these special experiences.