Wasatch Ridge Running:
This last Friday I ran to the summit of Timpanogos with Craig and Matt
Williams. We left at 9pm and hit the summit in 2:08 which is a pretty decent
time considering we weren't pushing it too hard. It was awesome up there. That
was my 53rd peak of the year so far and I am on pace to shatter my goal of 75
peaks for the year and I should easily pass last year’s total of 78.
Last Thursday the crew (Craig Josh and Mark) met at 4:30 am to do a fun
ridge run above Snowbird. It was a total blast.
Sugarloaf, Baldy, Hidden, AF Twins and Red stack peaks with Craig Josh and
I think this was the best pre-work run of the year so far. Up at 3:30 to meet
the guys at the LCC park n ride at 4:30. We took two cars and left one at
Snowbird and then jumped into Craig's and drove to the lower Albion Basin road
where we parked and started. As soon as we got out of the car we could smell
smoke and it was pretty thick for the first few miles. I felt like I was back at
the Ritz dance club smoking cloves circa 1990. My stomach felt like crap and we
were all moving slow. At the Catherine Pass trailhead I stopped for a quick
break and that seemed to help my stomach, but it didn't settle completely for
about an hour. We slogged up to the top of the Apline ridge where we were
greeted by the standard wind slap in the face. A few more minutes and we topped
out on the first summit of the day (Sugarloaf).
After a quick break we ran the ridge over to Baldy where we stopped again and
had a break. I downed a gel and then we ran over to Hidden Peak. I love this
ridge! It is one of the most scenic places in the Wasatch. At the top of Hidden
Peak we could see the next objective, the two summits of American Fork Twin
peaks, the high point in Salt Lake County. The ridge over to AF Twins is a bit
sketchy with some scrambling and Jsh decided to head down the road while we
continued on the ridge.
I really loved the scrambling across the ridge, but it did slow us down a lot
while we negotiated a few precarious spots. Incredible! I'll post some pictures
later. After the spicy section it is a scramble up some loose rock and boulders
to the top of the east twin. Another sweet view and out 4th peak over 11K for
the day. Does it get any better? We ran over and tagged the west twin and then
negotiated the ridge over to Red Stack Peak where we took another break.
The descent off of Red Stack is horrendous! Steep, boulders and nothing
resembling a trail. It sucked, but after that we picked up the dirt road above
the Gad Valley lift and ran it in back to Snowbird. Awesome!