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Browsing Posts published in July, 2007

June 29-30, 2007

“Now, you have no more excuses for whining about going up only once.”

Overheard — a scout leader to young scouts 

Timpanogos rises above BYU campus during the winter

I again went out to do another crazy training run on Mount Timpanogos (11,749 feet), the most popular hiking destination in Utah.  During the summer months, thousands of hikers make the strenuous trek up the mountain, usually taking all day, a 10-12 hour adventure.   Tales of my recent exploits of doing repeat summits of this beautiful mountain have been spreading locally.  On more than one occasion during a conversation about the outdoors, I have been asked, “Did you hear about a guy who hiked ‘Timpfive times in a row?”   Sheepishly than I have to admit that I’m that crazy dude.

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July 21-22, 2007

“Should we check his pulse?”

Comment from a runner or pacer seeing me laying on the trail at mile 93

During my first ultrarunning year, I ran in the 2005 Vermont 100.   It was my third 100-mile race attempt.  I was trying to do too much, too fast.  After a hot and humid day, I quit the race around mile 80 at 2 a.m.  My recovery was very tough and I was sick for a week.  I knew that one of these years I would return for revenge.   2007 was the year to get revenge.

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July 7, 2007

Seven summits in one day (Scott Patterson photo)

1 = Mount Emmons 2 = “North Emmons”
3 = “Roberts Peak” 4 = “Trail Rider Peak”
5 = “Painter Peak” 6 = South Kings Peak
7 = Kings Peak 

The highest peak in Utah is Kings Peak, with an elevation of 13,528.   In Utah there are 17 peaks that qualify as 13ers (over 13,000 feet).  Utah has no peaks over 14,000 feet.   All of these peaks are found in the Uinta Mountain range, one of the few ranges in North America that runs east to west.  One thing that makes summiting Utah’s 13ers very difficult, is the distances from the nearest roads to the peaks – 20-40 miles round trip. 

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