O Captain My captain…..

August 6, 2006 at 5:17 pm 2 comments

While Paul is off vacationing and spending time with his “family”, the remaining executive members of the summitcheese leadership team remain fervently committed to the movement and continue to further the cause by conquering peak after peak after peak. Based upon this weekend’s experience, it would seem that a huge weight has been lifted. To quote the Greatest, we’ll be “floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee”… or something like that.

Paul had built a sizable cheeseburger lead as was apparent from the slack he had taken in on the belt of his lumbar pack! But with his absence … opportunity knocks. This weekend we made our first move. The team left for the Little Cottonwood Canyon at 6am Sunday morning. Starbucks hadn’t opened yet so John volunteered to provide the morning JO’; THANK YOU JOHN! We departed the Cecret Trail-head by about 7am. The Plan: Sugarloaf, Mount Baldy and Hidden Peak. We also planned to scout Devil’s Castle and American Forks Twin Peaks. If we succeed it would be the second, consecutive, three-cheeseburger weekend.

Now neither of us had fully recovered from the previous weekend’s 3-cheeseburger picnic on the Fearsome Foursome (see post); we knew this was not going to be trivial. To help us survive this weekend’s breakfast buffet. I decided to make it a little more interesting. We each packed three cheeseburger tastes from around the globe — “The All American”, “The Swiss Family Bacon BBQ Burger” and “The Mexican”… OK so I am reaching with the Swiss reference … it is my post. Recipes will be provided below. I had decided that the peaks needed to be more daunting than the menu. I think John will agree, the variety and tastes were a welcome addition to the hike. “The Mexican” was my favorite. Burger and portion sizes were carefully controlled. This was also key. More details to come.

The hike was perfect and it benefited from some great luck. Upon reaching Cecret Lake, we head up a trail that lead us through the scree and rocks to the saddle between Devils Castle and Sugarloaf. We explored the route to Devil’s; it does not look trivial; perhaps another day. After the first round of burgers (John opted to open the hike with “The Mexican”; I started with “The Swiss Family Bacon BBQ Burger” — I had to, it had bacon). After a brief stop we traveled northwest along the ridge-line to Mt. Baldy which separates Alta from Snowbird. We enjoyed our second burgers and soaked up the view. We continued down and back up the ridge to the last peak on the tour — Hidden Peak. We had both saved “The All American” for the triumphant conclusion. Upon the completion of the hike, Paul had reliquished the yellow (think cheese of course!) jersey.

The hike went so well that we reached Hidden Peak before 10am. We had planned to save our knees and take the Snowbird tram down, but it was not due to run until 11am. Fortunate event #1: a Snowbird rescue worker and is rescue dog, Midas, came along. He pried open the doors of the Tram and let us on. He explained that the tram would start up about 10:30 and take us down. It was just what they did to start the day. We shared the “Hijacked” tram with a couple others who came along for the ride. Event #2: Upon reaching the bottom, a couple of tram commpadres offered us a ride in their 745 BMW to the entrance of the Albion Basin dirt road. Event #3: Just moments after we exited the beammer and after John had suggested that the compadres check out our website (we have to get business cards made!) an Alta Shuttle pulled over and offered us a ride the rest of the way back to the trail head. We completed the loop in luxury and with luck. Pictures to follow .. this is where it would really help to have Paul around!

Cheesburger-eating, trash-talking, John and Patrick

Three amigos View of American Fork Twins From the top pf Sugarloaf Mt Baldy from Hidden Peak


Entry filed under: Utah Summits.

Status – Hikers A New Face and Two More Peaks!

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paul  |  August 9, 2006 at 3:22 am

    Just wait til I finish the rest of the Alps!

  • 2. Patrick  |  August 10, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    Is “alps” a new new type of Italian pastry? .. like a conical cannoli? …. what’s the relevance?


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