Sep 20, 2009 at 4:20 pm #1239488
First time poster over here, after recently finding this website. I've been enjoying the forums already, figured I'd see if I can't contribute. Here's a short little TR from the past week, 3 night trip in the Wasatch.
Length: 35 miles, ~15,000 vertical, 3 nights, through Mt. Olympus, Twin Peaks, and Lone Peak wilderness areas.
Start: Alexander Basin trailhead in Mill Creek on Wednesday afternoon.
Finish: Lake Hardy Trailhead in Alpine on Saturday afternoon.
Route: Up Gobbler's Knob from Alexander Basin, through Mill A Basin, down to the S-curve in Big Cottonwood. Up Mill B south trail to Lake Blanche, up to Mt. Superior, down Cardiff Pass into Alta and Snowbird. Walk the ski resort trails down to White Pine trailhead, up to Red Pine Lake, following the Beatout Traverse to Chipman peak, descend to Lake Hardy, through the Hamongogs into Alpine.
Highlights: Upper Lake Blanche drainage is outstanding for scenery and solitude. Most scenic part of the Wasatch I think I've seen.
Endured 2 nights of crazy monsoon-like thunderstorms, including one night at red pine that nearly sent me back to the trailhead. Lightning strikes all over the ridges, and hail that I was sure would shred my tent. Fortunately, it cleared out after a couple hours.
Ridge scramble from Red Pine to Chipman peak is extremely scenic, last stretch up to Chipman has some exposed scrambling.
Lowlights: walking through the ski resorts, and the terrible trail from Lake Hardy down to 2nd Hamongog.
If I could do it again: First, get in better shape. Living at nearly sea level for the last 8 months did me no favors. With more fitness, I'd get to Alta, head up collins gulch, and do all of the bullion divide camping at red pine, then pick up the beatout from red pine over the next day. Oh well, next time…
Sunset in Mill A Basin, first night.
Lake Blanche, Day 2.
Upper Lake Blanche drainage.
Reed and Benson Ridge
Superior, from above lake blanche.
big storm rolling in on red pine.
Small break in the tent-shredding storm.
Lightning ridge.Sep 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm #1529154
Jay WilkersonBPL Member
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Very COOL pictures Dan and welcome to BPL!!!!Sep 20, 2009 at 6:00 pm #1529166
Tom ClarkBPL Member
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
Very nice. Sometimes it takes the rough weather to get the amzing shots. Welcome to BPL.
TomSep 20, 2009 at 6:48 pm #1529176
@gohawksLocale: SE Iowa
Welcome. I have your site bookmarked. Love your photography.
I never took a photo of myself atop Lone Peak so I show people yours so they can see what it looked like.Sep 21, 2009 at 9:28 am #1529317
What are you bringing out there?Sep 21, 2009 at 10:48 am #1529343
This trip I carried a Panasonic LX3 and spare battery.Sep 21, 2009 at 7:04 pm #1529486
Dondo .BPL Member
@dondoLocale: Colorado Rockies
Great photos, Dan. I especially like the B&W Lake Blanche reflection.
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