But before the storm, might as well get some last few high hikes and runs in. Sunday Ash, Geoff Lane, and I went south and hiked Timpanogos from Aspen Grove; a classic UT hike, made somewhat unusual by the late date and relative lack of people (due to said late date and that date being a Sunday). I forgot to take any pics, but Timp is always amazing; it's such a massive peak that creates and dominates Happy Valley.
On Tuesday - with some angst built up over my fear of the looming election results (more on that later) - I did a solo charge up Olympus. It's easy to establish a new personal world record for something when you haven't actually timed it before, but it's difficult to verify with the World Personal Record Keeping Association (WPRKA) when you inadvertantly stop the timer prematurely. ah well. but got a sense of the total time via the time to the upper saddle (55 mins) and I know that I went hard enough to cause this:
And speaking of gear, I brought these up to see how appropriate they'd be for Oly:
A little hard to see, but this is one of BD's carbon fiber trekking poles, which I've found to be really good for stuff that's steeper-than-runnable. And when these things are collapsed they are super easy to run with.
Yesterday I got in an awesome ride of Flying Dawg with Mike Hales; we - along with a bunch of other folks - got that nice window of time between the slow dry from the last storm and this one, which will likely shut it down until May.
nice artsy shot by Charger (courtesy of Juan Grande Productions, Ltd)