My love for the Tetons began when I was a student at Ricks College. I got my introduction to this mountain range skiing at Grand Targhee, and hiking Table Rock and around Jenny Lake. I even took a mountaineering class and back-country ski class that took me into these mountains several times, the highlight of which was climbing the Middle Teton.
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This weekend our scout group went on an over-night backpacking trip around G Mountain. We hiked up Grove Creek and camped in a grove of aspen trees near a meadow. The next morning we crossed over the top of G Mountain and came down via Battle Creek. We hiked a total of 7-8 miles. Here’s a short video of the trip:
My brother-in-law got a group together for a Grand Canyon trip that we went on last week. We were able to book reservations a year ago to stay at the bottom of Grand Canyon at Phantom Ranch for three nights. Our group consisted of 11 hikers including his siblings, his wife’s sisters (including my wife) and a couple from Farmington, New Mexico who were his neighbors and who have been to the canyon well over a hundred times between the two.
We slept in the cabins and dorms there and enjoyed hot showers, steak dinners, and as many pancakes, eggs, and bacon we could find room for every breakfast. (Having these amenities allowed us to pack light and move efficiently during the descent to the bottom and the climb out). The experienced couple from New Mexico took us on day hikes, guided us down old miner trails, and lead us to a few seldom seen corners of the canyon. Here’s a video of some of the highlights:
During the winter of ’92 there was a Mount Everest expedition team from Utah that trained using a ridge on the west face of Mount Timpanogos. Since then, it’s been known to locals as Everest Ridge. Almost exactly a year ago, I noticed a friend Paul Knudsen at church with a sunburned face and “raccoon eyes”. It turns out that he had climbed Everest Ridge the previous day. I had heard about that route and we chatted about his trip which prompted an outing together a few weeks later to Heaven’s Half Pipe. This winter he offered to do the Everest Ridge with me.
Here’s a video highlighting our recent backpacking trip to the Wind River Range in Wyoming. We visited the Cirque of the Towers and the Temple Peaks area where we ascended East Temple Peak. Read more…
Desiree and I have been getting excited, and making last-minute preparations for our backpacking trip coming up to the Cirque of the Towers and the Temple Peaks area of the Wind River Range in Wyoming. A couple of nights ago, Desiree made a smart, light-weight doggy bed for Gooch, our black lab, to take. It turned out so good, I’m thinking these ought to be sold at REI or something.
Desiree and I went to go listen to one of those vacation timeshare presentations where they give you free stuff to listen to their sales pitch. During the presentation, one of the salesmen asked everyone what they currently do for vacation. When camping was one of the answers mentioned, he quickly jumped on his soap box and went off about why camping is not a vacation. According to him, only staying in high-end, all-inclusive resorts is truly a vacation.
A buddy Paul Knudsen and I had a fun hike to a place called Heaven’s Half Pipe on the south side of the Alpine Ridge to enjoy some Spring skiing. We started up in the afternoon from the Schoolhouse Springs Trailhead hiking the 3 mile approach.
I’m fascinated by mountains. I’m impressed by their size and beauty. I enjoy the serenity they can provide and also respect the preparation, struggle and effort it takes to stand on a mountain summit. Attempting to get up and down a peak successfully is not too different from taking on a DIY home improvement project, or facing life challenges. Many lessons can be learned, I believe, from climbing mountains.