August 24, 2002
I was determined to not get out of shape this year after the backpacking trip. So I got right back up on the horse and decided that I would try another hike up Timp. This time I would try to do it as fast as I could. I started about 4:30 a.m. On the way up there was a full moon. It took me about 2 ½ hours to reach the saddle (not quite to the highest point, but a ridge where you can see Utah Valley). I was very pleased with the fast pace. No one passed me. I saw about 50 people up there watching the sunrise. On the way down I passed more than a hundred people coming up. I saw Dave Kenison on the way down. He was shocked to see me out there, knowing that I had just done the long hike last weekend. It took me about two hours to get down. I arrived back home about 10 a.m. I was hooked on power hiking! With each hike I feel in better shape. I came home and took it easy the rest of the day but didn’t feel as drained like my first hike up that mountain.