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    Mill B North Trail - Big Cottonwood Canyon - June 15, 2024

    I was privileged to have the opportunity to hike with @regehr, @Ugly and Simon today. The trail of choice was the Mill B North Trail located in Big Cottonwood Canyon. I had never hiked Mill B before, but both @Ugly and @regehr highly recommended it, so how could I go wrong. Regehr was kind...
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    Ensign Peak to Grandview Peak - October 9, 2023

    Back in 2020, I attempted this same hike the last weekend of May. Unfortunately for me, a late spring storm rolled in and not being prepared for foul weather, the ensuing snow storm drove me off the ridgeline, with Grandview in sight. So since I didn't make it up to the Teton Wilderness this...
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    Mount Superior - July 14, 2023

    Well, I turned the big 59 yesterday, so as has become custom on Bastille Day, I needed to pick a challenging hike in the Wasatch to complete on my birthday. I ended up choosing Mount Superior which I have never attempted before. The peak is located on the Cottonwood Ridge which separates Big...
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    Mount Raymond - July 8, 2023

    So @TractorDoc has been training for an August trip down into the Thorofare, and he has been posting some of his training hikes here, and basically putting the old Scatman to shame. He's been loading his pack with 50 lbs., heading off with the wife, and finishing up with some fancy ice cream...
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    Mount Aire - June 17, 2023

    My last hike of spring, and my last training hike for the Wyoming Range next week. I had something happen on this hike that has never happened to the Scatman before, but it takes place at the end of the report, so you will have to bear with me. Today's hike was to the summit of Mount Aire from...
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    Grandeur Peak - Dragon Tail Route - June 10, 2023

    Well after being worked by @Bob in the big Jelly last week, I really had no business attempting the Dragon Tail today. It was a long, steep slog, and my knees and feet are now sore after descending the West Slope Trail off the summit of Grandeur. The West Slope Trail just happens to be my...
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    Lookout Peak - May 27, 2023

    The hike this weekend took us to the summit of Lookout Peak, which is located at the head of Emigration Canyon and Burr Fork. We began the hike at the Little Mountain Trailhead and it took us 8 hours and 57 minutes to complete the 12 miles, out and back. At the beginning, the weather was...
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    Parley's Ridge - May 20, 2023

    Hard to believe that it has already been three years since I last hiked Parley's Ridge, but it has. The hike has changed a bit since the last time I did it, due to a gated community being built at what used to be the trails end. This slight inconvenience adds roughly 2.5 miles to the total...
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    Black Mountain Ridge - May 13, 2023

    Eureka! Last week while doing my daily 2 mile walk, my daughter asked me about hardtack. I said, "You mean what the soldiers in the Civil War ate?" I then told her that maybe hardtack would make a good food to take on hiking and backpacking trips. So preparations for this hike began on...
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    Van Cott Ridge - April 29, 2023

    This weekends hike took us along the Van Cott Ridge. With temperatures rising this weekend, getting close to 80 degrees, this was easily our warmest hike of the year so far. I was expecting the foothills to be covered with blooming arrowleaf balsamroot, but it looks like they are still a few...
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    City Creek Loop - April 23, 2023

    Headed out from home this morning with the intent of hiking a trail in City Creek Canyon that I have never been on before. I've been going up City Creek going on 39 years now, and I always wondered where the trail went. Well, today I was going to find out. This loop was approximately seven...
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    Mount Olympus - March 18, 2023

    Well, my hike up Mount Olympus got off to a bad start on Saturday morning. I arrived at the trailhead a few minutes before 7:00 am, and with it still being dark, I went to take a picture of the city lights. When I turned my camera on it flashed the warning, "No SD Card!" WTF! I had left the...
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    Pencil Point - March 11, 2023

    It's been a cold March thus far in SLC, but today the sun came out, and I think the high was 44 in the valley, and almost no wind to speak of. I'll take it. :) This weekend's hike was to Pencil Point, which is a subpeak of Parley's Ridge. I haven't done this hike in ten years, and the first...
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    Mount Wire - February 25, 2023

    You've all seen Mount Wire several times, but this hike to the summit was my hardest ever. With all the recent snow, the last 0.5 - 0.7 miles of this hike was post-holing to the summit. It absolutely wore me out. It took me a good hour and twenty minutes to cover that last half mile. :)...
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    North Ridge of City Creek Canyon - February 4, 2023

    After snowshoeing along the south ridge of City Creek last week, I was pretty much obligated to hit the north side this weekend. :) An inversion has set in here across the Salt lake Valley, so it was nice to get up above it for a few hours at least. Sheila joined me on this one Passing...
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    South Ridge of City Creek Canyon - January 28, 2023

    I started out with micro-spikes on this hike, but soon switched over to snowshoes as I began to sink in quite a bit. That should make @kwc happy. :) I read this past week that we are having the best winter in twenty years here in SLC, and I won't argue with that. We have had storm after storm...
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    Little Mountain - January 21, 2023

    12 degrees at the Little Mountain Trailhead at 10:00 am this morning, as my wife and I hiked to Little Mountain for our weekend exercise. While it was cold, it was sunny for the first half of our hike which made things quite pleasant on the way up. Once we got to the top, the clouds that had...
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    Grandeur Peak - November 11, 2022

    Had the day off today, so I decided to hike up Grandeur. We've had a cold spell here in Salt Lake, and the temperature at the Church Fork Trailhead was a cozy 19 degrees this morning. :cold: When I go to the summit, I switched out lenses to a wide angle one, and used it on the way down...
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    Mount Wire Loop - 2003 and 2016?

    Back to the foothill follies for me this fall. Yesterday I hiked to the summit of Mount Wire with my wife. We hiked up the south side of the mountain and came back down the northern most of the western ridges. Can anyone tell me why it might have been 2003 and 2016? Images on the left -...
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    The Pfeifferhorn - July 14, 2022

    Yesterday was my 58th time around the sun, and as I normally do, I spent the day hiking. Usually at this time of year I try and do one of the more challenging peaks in the Wasatch, and this time I chose the Pfeifferhorn. This would hopefully be my fifth time to summit the Pfeiffer over the...
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