A good day trip…

Hi Doug Hansen here,

I would like to share a good day hike if you happen to be an out doors person. You will have to judge if it is for you and who should join you. It is Mt. Olympus, it overlooks the Great Salt Lake Valley. The summit of Mt. Olympus is 9026 feet Above sea level, and the trail begins at about 4,800 ASL, meaning there is about 4,000 feet of elevation gain in three+ miles of trail. Sort of steep. The trail to Timpanogos Cave N.M. gains 1065 feet in about a mile and a half worth of trail. The top of the map is North.

This trail goes up a west, to south west exposure to the sun, so it would be good to make and Alpine Start. So you are high on the mountain before the sun beats down on you. You lose about 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit for every thousand feet you climb. That means if you leave the trail head and it is 70° F, and you instantly reached the summit, it would be about 50° F. Set your pace to enjoy comfortable hiking and climbing temperatures. On Everest 02:00 is not uncommon (not so much for temperature control, but rather for plenty of time to make the trip. I would suggest a sleepy 05:00 at the trail head or earlier.

Bring a light wind breaker, or Goretex shell, a sun hat, and two plus quarts of water per person (I like to lightly flavor mine. I drink more, which is good, and it tastes better), along with munchies Carbos (mainly complex and some simple ones) along with some protein and fats so you can maintain your fuel reserves. Set a mellow pace, smell the roses (enjoy the hike and company you bring.) A Trekking pole or pole(s) (ski poles work good too.) At first you may think they are not helping but by the end of the day, you will notice how much they help. They save energy and your knee joints on the way down.

I have been posting educational stuff, and more, I hope it is of value to you. I almost always bring the “ten essentials.” That way the threat of most weather won’t have to chase you away and you will be prepared for emergencies. Afternoon thunderstorms are sort of common in the mountains, especially on higher mountains, Unitas, Tetons, Timpanogos, Lone Peak, Whitney, Salt lake and American Fork Twin Peaks, etc.

Sunscreen, … if you can go with a experienced and “skilled” person, they may be able to coach you and the group. Here’s a map that I have marked the trail to the top on one, and then I put a line from the trail head to the summit “As the Crow Flies.” The thin dashed line is the trail under the “as the crow flies” I also added some thoughts and comments. to help out.

If you are hiking and meet people on the trail (say hi if you want) then, generally if I am going up, I will stop and stay on the inside (hug the mountainside) (stay close to it but watch your footing), and the downhill traffic go around the outside of you. In most cases that makes the best sense. There are always cases where you may want to do different.

The last 500 vertical feet (not meaning it is vertical just steep) is scrambling climbing sometimes with you hands too. You will likely climb more than a thousand feet at an angle. Look up mountaineering class rating. Also, remember climbing down is three times harder than going up. So take your time, watch your feet. Stand vertical, maybe even lean just a little bit outward. That keeps your feet pushing down on you footholds, rather than outward which can make your feet slip. By doing that , chances are that will be just about vertical. The contour lines (thin brown lines) represent 40 feet of elevation gain, when they are close together it mean it is very steep. Every 5th contour is bolded, meaning (5 x 40 ft) 200 feet of elevation gain.

Downward facing V’s (multiple contour lines) are ridges, and upward facing ^’s are gullies, valleys, chutes … I am putting together some Map and Compass classes, if interested email, or call me. The out of doors is a great family activity, builds confidence, good health fun that you remember for a life time. As I look back the mountains have been some of the best times we have had. Don’t litter (of course) Try not to leave a trace, foot prints, etc. ( if that makes sense. That way others get to enjoy the experience and when you go where they were, you get to enjoy the adventure as if you were one of the first ones.