LAZAROW WORLD HIKE-ABOUT
Utah: Gobbler's Knob. Stunning! 3,200 feet elevation gain, 8 miles, glorious flowers, incredible views, special forests …
'WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HIKE-ABOUT?'
Hike-about is an adventure that commenced June 2010. After storing our household movables, ridding ourselves of a house but retaining our 'home' together, we set off with the purpose of hiking in different parts of the world, not forgetting the home country, the USA.
Our primary focus is hiking to mountain peaks but any challenging hike will do just fine. Extended stays enable us to enjoy and experience living in various places amongst differing cultures. Hike-about has evolved into a way of life. It's also a process of discovery, both the world and ourselves.
We work and live 'on the road' but return to the city in which our grandchildren reside, every couple of months. This provides us the wonderful opportunity to be with them as well as a child or two, even three and of course, friends.
By December 2018, the blog contained over 1,000 hikes, each a set of pictures with stories and anecdotes from the trails. An index to the right allows the viewer to identify earlier experiences.
Finally, we are often asked about the journey's end. Our reply, as accurate as we can state, is: "When we are either forced to cease through health issues or the enjoyment level no longer reaches our aspirations, we will hang up the boots."
Whereas we continue to update the blog regularly, we no longer circulate email notifications each time, VIP's excepted and special occasions.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Utah, Salt Lake City, Mount Olympus Forest, Gobbler's Knob peak. It would be difficult to find a better overall hiking experience.
For the flowers alone, we would hike the 3,200 feet elevation gain, 8 miles return reaching an altitude of 10,246 feet. More about this great experience at a later date.
Desolation Lake, Andorra ...um ... Utah.
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Monday, July 15, 2019
'Bye, bye Birdie' while climbing the steep Bald Mountain in Ketchum, Idaho.
Heading to Red Pines Lake, Twin Peaks Forest, Utah.
Red Pines Lake as the sun and snow 'blind' the water.
Sunset in Challis, Idaho.
Remarkable position and sight on ridge of Norton Peak, Idaho.
'Mary' (Lake) in the morning.
Returning from a peak in Challis Forest, taking in the farmhouse in the distance but enjoying the colorful mountains.
Alpine Lake Blanche, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Captivating scene in Challis, Idaho.
Desolation Lake, somewhere in the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City at an altitude of 9,200 feet.
Can't help it—love it.
Lake Mary reflects.
Above Lilian Lake—one for Mom.
Jenni and Jeffrey
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
A prism at the bottom of the falls.
Hold that water.
'Dust' or spray: The power of the tumbling water.
A full frontal below the falls down a tricky embankment.
Cascading sheets of water at speed, although the camera slowed it down.
A more subtle picture than three above.
and now back to, as many in this part of the world refer to it, "A Brute of a Hike"...scroll down to continue.
Monday, July 8, 2019
After a few hundred feet, at 6:45am, Salt Lake city awakens.
Not yet at 4,100 feet, Salt Lake city is awake but now we're ready to rest. Once again, we're out of sync.
Jenni chose the hike for early Sunday. One wonders, while on the trail, whether she was pleased with the selection. It was both strenuous and in places, a difficult experience. We suppose with a name Olympus, there is an expectation of excellence. This mountain climb is no exception to the premise. A couple of years ago, we hiked up the original Mount Olympus in Greece, big surprise as to location, and experienced an appropriate challenge. As we sat and ate a late breakfast after negotiating the cliffs on the way back, the dangerous section—we like to get over those types of hurdles before eating—a couple engaged us in conversation. One of the things we learned from the woman is that she has two levels of enjoyment which she calls Type A and B. The former level is an instant, continuous pleasure, while Type B is the satisfaction that comes after completing the hike. Jenni piped up that she was looking forward to Type B enjoyment a few hours later. It probably is a quicker way to answer the opening question.
The distance of the trail is not long, 7.5 miles, but the elevation gain is 4,100 feet. That type of gain is large and within the length of the hike, very large. We have a book of hiking within Utah and strange as it may seem, Olympus is not listed. What’s even stranger is that relative to its danger and difficulty, the track was busy. We had the dubious distinction of being the oldest couple on the trail. I know I felt it because at times I needed to seek excuses for feeling strained. I settled on a few reasons: A low level virus, this has become a favorite excuse; too little sleep the night before, summer heat, muscles too tired after the climb to negotiate rock climbing, too little protein, too much starch and a few more. Jen told me later that a couple of young women she crossed paths with gave her the “Atta-girl” which is the equivalent of “Go Granny’. We remember the early years of Hike-about when we were older than most of the young hikers’ parents. Today, we are close to their grandparents’ ages. And therein lies the sad answer to our fitness. We are two, too old has-beens.
The hike got me thinking of Angels Landing, the great experience of Zion National Park. As a comparison, we’ve tabulated the differences, briefly.
Angel’s is 5 miles return, Olympus 7.5 miles.
Elevation gain is 1,500 feet versus 4,100 feet.
Angel’s has chains as support in most of the hazardous positions; Olympus has none.
Crowded versus relatively quiet.
2-3 hours on Angels versus 5-7 on Olympus.
These are a few differences which clearly define their difficulty. Nevertheless, both are fantastic experiences. Is it any surprise that both are in the state of Utah? As an aside, we published a novel a few years back which was based in Utah and are pleased to announce a forthcoming publication (novel) which is based partly in guess where?
In the early going, Olympus comes into view; 2.5 hours to go. The wall on the right, one has to climb it to reach the peak. That's where the real danger exists.
Salt Lake City with the lake in the background from peak of Mount Olympus, 4,100 feet above the trailhead.
Jenni preparing to 'climb the wall', one of many.
A view: looking down one of the gulleys. The proverbial 'foot in the door'.
This is the final section, (of a number of segments), to climb to reach Olympus Peak. Looks like he's in a quandary. To quit or not to quit. We decided to quit twice but fortunately reversed those decisions both times.
Jen returns cautiously.
Another perspective of the city from the top.
On the way down, pretty difficult section.
Some of the pretty and rugged views.
Off the tricky section, now for the view of Twin Peaks.
Jenni and Jeffrey
Action was rough and risky.
Jen reaches the...peak.
Looks lost somewhere far below.
Jen handled precarious positions superbly.
It's a town hike, (plus telephoto), hence, development below.
A 'high-five' or some secret signal in case anyone is watching (or drones) although we were only hikers.
We were wrong; someone else joined us on the peak.
Jen comes over the crest, part one of the climb.
Cheers from the peak.
Jenni and Jeffrey
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Squaw Peak is in the large city of Provo, Utah. It's most convenient for hikers as access is easy; effectively, it's in the city. It's a more than good challenge with an elevation gain of 2,800 feet. Views include the city, other surrounding mountains, many snow-capped, and yet once out of the canyon below, one attains the feeling of being in the backcountry. That quality of hike is not easy to find (within a city) except in Cape Town and few other places. Next door is the "Y", a mountain we hiked up the following day which is at least 400 feet higher. We were able to view the two peaks we reached from each other, especially when looking down from the higher one. Also, the experiences were mostly different. One other point we found impressive is the quality and quantity of blooming flowers covering parts of the mountains—truly beautiful.
Jen in the canyon, after returning from the peak, left rear.
A view of the peak from the canyon
Surprised and impressed by a meadow over 2,200 feet above the ground.
A little breathless after the effort and from the views at the peak. Lake Utah below.
Of all the shots from the day, this resonated the most. Mount Nebo in the distance, southern Provo below.
Jen on the way down, more flowers and plenty of water in Lake Utah.
A little tense as the wind begins to gust at the top.
Overlooking parts of Brigham Young University (Telephoto.)
Positions were stunning at the top.
Focusing on the favorite view of the day—Mount Nebo on its own.
The following day we made our way up to the top of the "Y" which looks down upon Squaw Peak (Over 3,200 feet).
Enjoyed the challenge and the views immensely.
Jenni and Jeffrey
Just to prove we are not ignoring Idaho, in favor of Utah, here are a few from this beautiful state.
Jenni struggles and wins on Mount Borah, a real tough one.
A scene from a mountain in the town of Challis.
After hiking twice to reach 2 peaks on one day, I realize what a lucky boy I am. The editor helps as we work on our car that has seen more dirt roads than pavement.