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Ascent of Mount Timpanogos on 2014-06-08

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Date:Sunday, June 8, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Timpanogos
    Location:USA-Utah
    Elevation:11749 ft / 3581 m

Ascent Trip Report

Depart from Orem, UT at 7:30AM, begin hike at 8:30AM from Timpooneke CG TH at 7400 ft elev. The Uinta National Park is absolutely spectacular. Not very busy at this time of day.

My goal was to summit and make it back by 4:00pm - I had read that it was a 6-10 hour hike, so I was giving myself plenty of time, figuring I'd blow that time out of the water (I was wrong on that... took about 8 hours for the 14 mile hike)

I could see that there was snow on the top of the mountain as I was starting my hike, shrugging it off, thinking it was going to be minimal amounts. 1 mile into the hike, I noticed snow on the ground. I was going to be in for a tough day. The first 3 miles of the hike are relatively easy, well-maintained dirt trails. There were already large snowy patches I was having to cross at the 3-mile mark. Approaching mile 4, I started noticing many people turning back... this was due to a GLACIER. When I got to this thing, I could not believe that was the trail - this was supposed to be a popular hike! Surely common hikers don't venture up glaciers on a frequent basis?? Anyhow - I tried an approach that would scale a rocky patch to the side of the glacier and then cross it horizontally - this would not work... quite dangerous. Turning back, I was about ready to turn it in for the day... my feet were wet, hands cold, and at least 3 miles remaining to the summit after the glacier. On my way down there was a hiker using a walking stick and crampons that was scaling the glacier dead-on, with noticeable success. By the time I got down, he was already up and out of sight... I decided to follow his lead and grab a stick and go dead-on... this wasn't too bad, and I made it to the top in a matter of minutes. I caught up with the guy on the ensuing trail and started up a conversation (we were the only 2 up there). It was about 11:30 and we had about 2 miles to the summit - he was giving himself a cutoff time of 1pm. I agreed on that, and we joined forces and pushed eachother up. We had made it this far, why stop now? We pressed on, the only people up there, and eventually made it to the summit after a lot of snow crossing, rock climbing, rock scrambling, and ridge walking. Very gratifying summit, knowing that we were one of few to make it up there that day.

My new friend's name is Will and he's a great hiker - I had a hard time keeping up with him during the last summit approach, as the elevation was starting to affect me (slow moving, got a headache). On the descent, we took our time, taking pictures where we could. On the way down we decided to slide down the glacier, which was loads of fun. This decision, however, had a consequential bushwhack, since the glacier did not end near the trail. This was pretty fun, as we came across some amazing waterfalls during our quest to get back on the trail. I was lucky to meet Will, since he knew the trail so well (said he hiked Timp at least twice a year).

We finally made it back to the cars around 3:30PM after a big day. I would not have made it to the summit without meeting Will - the comfort of having someone with you is priceless. Had I been solo, I would have turned around at mile 4. Will and I had quite a bit in common and we exchanged contact info.

Highest mountain I've been up to date, and it feels great

Lessons learned:
-The peak might seem unattainable from a far, but the next step is always fairly simple... take the easiest "next step"
-You take much fewer risks while hiking solo
-Sliding down glaciers is probably one of the top thrills you can experience
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4351 ft / 1326 m
    Trailhead:7398 ft / 2254 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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