Have a massive mountain to climb on your bucket list? Our Mountain Chicks Utah ambassador Caroline has! She was able to conquer Mt Timpanogos and now wants to take you women who hike on the adventure with her! Read about this epic climb in our latest Mountain Crush Monday blog, right here. Become a member when you're done reading!
I had set my sights on Mount Timpanogos two years ago. The mountain stands at 11,752 feet. The striped rocks and grooves, lush green meadows, and mountainous landscape drew me in to summit this peak. At this time I was living in Utah for two years and had yet to summit a peak of that magnitude. After searching through multiple adventure sites and books for hiking within the Wasatch Mountain range, I had decided on Mount Timpanogos. Mount Timpanogos was one of the most scenic and photogenic mountains within the state of Utah. The amount of wildlife, lush landscape, and challenging terrain drew me in for the challenge.
Before moving to Utah I had lived in Connecticut, a place that is located at sea level with no mountains. Living in Connecticut, I was an avid hiker, exploring the thick wooded landscapes with my family. Moving to Utah, I knew instantly this would not be the same hiking trips I had done back home.
For the first two years I was in Utah, I slowly accumulated the skills and tools needed to hike the higher elevation peaks. I started hiking behind the University of Utah’s foothills, and gradually worked toward hiking all the Cottonwood Canyons’ ski resorts. Snowbird and Solitude Ski Resort are the two areas that I most frequently hiked and still do to this day. The type of terrain, steepness and mental stamina these two mountains had to offer helped me build my confidence to conquer Mount Timpanogos.
The day finally came in July of 2014 for me to hike Mount Timpanogos. My backpack was packed with two liters of water, high protein snacks and lots of sunscreen. The beginning of the trail consisted of aspen forests and small meadows. Towards the middle of the hike the trail became steeper, climbing over loose rocks and occasionally spying the mountain goats that lined the high elevation trail. Reaching the midway point, I was greeted with a lush landscape of meadows and tall green grass. In the distance I could spy the top of Mount Timpanogos, my end point.
The trail slowly became steeper as I passed through the meadows, which eventually transitioned to loose rock and gravel. I reached the saddle of the mountain about 3 hours into the hike. The saddle was purely made of rock steps, and if not careful one could easily slip and fall off the edge. I remember hiking through the saddle with the clouds encircling the mountain behind me, it was then I knew I was close to my goal.
The last section of the hike was purely scrambling through loose gravel and rock. For the most part I was on my hands and knees climbing to the top. It wasn’t until I reached a flat rock and looked over the surrounding land that I realized I made it to the top. Below I saw the meadows and aspen trees that I hiked past hours before and in the distance the rest of the Wasatch Mountain range. At the top of the mountain there is a book hikers can sign and date that says they summited Mount Timpanogos. A rush of excitement ran through me as I put my name down in the book. This not only represented my first summit above 11,000 feet, but also being able to conquer a challenge that I stuck to for so long. I proved to myself that I could accomplish what I set forth in front of me. Summiting Mount Timpanogos has further encouraged me to set forth on more big mountain adventures may it be in skiing, hiking or mountain biking. From this adventure, I hope to further inspire women to get out and explore.
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