Archive for April, 2007

Weekend in Sublette County

Shocked–simply SHOCKED–that there were no SummitCheeseburgers consumed in the canine division, Nugget launched herself into history on April 27, 2007. Our story begins……..
Before ascending into the historic burg of Daniel, Wyoming, US189 climbs to a saddle between two lofty buttes. There is lack of cartographic consensus on the name of these summits, but the bisected ridge is generally referred to as “Grindstone Butte.” To the east lies the “Daniel Grindstone Butte,” at 7610′, marked with a WyDOT plaque, known on at least one map as “Chalk Hill.” Towering to the west and listed by some as merely “Grindstone Butte” lies the true vertical summit at 7626′.
Unable to decipher the directives of the Summitcheesburger Rules Committee, Nugget decided to hit them both. Leading Kirk and Judy through the sage off Price-Todd Rd. along the eastern approach of the eastern summit, Nugget braved gale force winds, to make the summit on the morning of April 27. She and her team were rewarded with 3 beef (grass-fed, natural, Montana-raised), Havarti-coated on oat-bran buns, Summitcheeseburgers and a short photo-op.
Less than an hour later, Nugget led the same team to the western summit from the northern approach off the Ryegrass Rd, consuming yet again the Montana-beef/Havarti/Oat Bran Summitcheeseburgers.
Dawn broke early on April 28 and the taste of Summitcheeseburgers was on Nugget’s tongue. The highpoint (8625′) on the divide between the New Fork and the Green Rivers is the tree-enshrouded, Black Butte. The “good news, bad news” of the favored approach is that: (1) there is a Black Butte Trail; (2) this trail is in fact a road through subdivision in progress. Fortunately, in April in Wyoming, such roads are impassable in a Subaru, so Nugget, once again, led Judy and Kirk the final mile through the evergreen forest to the summit, and 3-more Montana-beef/Havarti/OatBran Summitcheeseburgers met their demise. Views from the top included the Gros Ventre, the Wyoming Range, the Wind River Range and scores of migrating antelope and mule deer.
The final assault of the weekend was a return to the scene of the crime. Nugget and Judy convinced Kirk that a morning assault on Hooker was not in the cards, and the team opted for a rerun of Kirk’s first Summitcheeseburger (minus the hangover)– Trapper’s Point. Two more Summitcheeseburgers (ditto the menu) went down, but Nugget suffered a major disappointment as her jack-rabbit dessert, in spite of the half-mile sprint, did not materialize.
Grindstone Butte East: Nugget, Judy, Kirk
Grindstone Butte West: Nugget, Judy, Kirk
Black Butte: Nugget, Judy, Kirk
Trapper’s Point: Nugget, Judy
p.s……you nervous, yet, Patrick? remember the old bull


April 30, 2007 at 9:15 pm 2 comments

The Avenues Twin Peaks-The Winter Ascent

We began the morning at our traditional spot of the Starbucks at 15th and 15th. Patrick arrived looking chipper and ready for a challenge. After a short wait, Paul showed up looking rather the worse for wear. He sheepishly announced that he had come just to tell us that he wasn’t going and that it was unlikely that Chuck would even show up. It turns out that they had been enjoying multiple alcoholic beverages until 3:30 in the morning. We begged Paul to join us, but to no avail. Switching tactics, we argued that he had picked out the hike and that he was the only one who knew the way to get there. Foolishly, he eventually agreed to accompany us. After concluding that Chuck was a ‘No Show’, we drove to the trailhead for the Avenue Twin Peaks. The trip to the first peak was quick and uneventful. At the peak we each enjoyed a 1/2 lb of organic ground buffalo meat, mixed with lots of chopped garlic, spices and Worcestershire sauce. Finally topped with a healthy slice of swiss cheese, ketchup, mustard and a lovely toasted bun. All three of us struggled to finish our wagon wheel sized burgers, but persevered. It was a short hike to the second peak and I proudly pulled out the second half of our meal. An identical wagon wheel sized burger for each of us. Looking rather green, Paul managed to mumble that he was going to be unable to eat his burger. Patrick and I quickly determined that Paul’s new name for the rest of the hike would be Nancy. Nancy seemed rather nonplussed by our banter and chose to remain demurely quite. The remaining two Cheeseburger Summiteers ate the burgers quickly only stopping to critique Nancy on her complete lack of gastro fortitude. Sadly, Nancy’s inability to eat two hamburgers and Chuck’s No Show caused us to return to the trailhead with 3 leftover Cheeseburgers.

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Downtown Salt Lake City End of the Road Cheeseburger Summits Outline of Twins

April 23, 2007 at 4:18 pm 1 comment

Lost in Red Butte Canyon

Well, not really lost.  We just didn’t know where Table Mound was exactly.  John and I wandered around looking for a likely candidate but without a map, and without a clue, we settled on a Cheeseburger with a nice view. We started the hike at the end of Terrace Hills Rd. (just like last week) and hiked up onto the Little Black Mountain Ridge ala the Wahsatch Steeplechase. I think we ended up here (Topozone map) but we wanted to end up here (Table Mound). I doubt we could have made it further than we did as John was running low on Perrier (I guess regular water just won’t do). So, a good hike but no Cheeseburger summits this weekend.

The Boys The Ridge into Red Butte Canyon The Wasatch Mountains Up Red Butte Canyon

April 23, 2007 at 8:42 am 3 comments

Mmmm. A Tuscan Buffalo Summit Cheeseburger.

Easter morning – before the Easter egg hunt we made a quick hop up Avenues Twin Peaks. Along for the ride were buffalo burgers topped with olives and Pecorino cheese. The burgers had been supplemented with balsamic vinegar, basil, roasted peppers, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. All on a toasted bun.

It’s simply amazing that no one has hiked up the Avenues Twin Peaks with a Cheeseburger before. It’s a short (2.2 mi. roundtrip) without too much elevation gain – and you get great views of the Salt Lake Valley from both peaks.  Perhaps someone has hiked these peaks but the extreme difficulty of writing a post (and sounding as witty as they think they are) was too much effort.

Starting from Terrace Hills Dr. we hiked up the ridge to an overlook into City Creek Canyon. The trail turned right and ascended another ridge meeting up with the summits. We took in the great views of Red Butte, Black Mountain, and Dude Peak and ate a burger on each of the two summits. The descent began with some bushwacking down to the Shoreline trail.  Chuck, remember, it’s not a hike without bushwacking!

Welcome to Chuck, the latest Cheeseburger summiteer!

Chuck, Kirk, Paul – Avenues Twin Peaks

Approaching Twins Dude Peak Tuscan Buffalo Summit Cheeseburgers Burro and Grandview

April 18, 2007 at 8:45 am Leave a comment

Opportunity missed or growth potential?

“Little” Black Mountain on the map or Black Mountain on the Summitcheeseburger Website, 8111 ft., commands the ridgeline between City Creek and Red Butte Canyons. This evergreen-covered prominence has tempted the desire of the committed Summitcheeseburgerteer for the past year, but until April 15, 2007, no one dared to mount an assault.
Enter Paul and Kirk and a 4-pack of Greek Lamburgerhinis (ground lamb, oregano, thyme, garlic–KGB, of course–feta, on a Tuscan roll). The well-worn trail off Terrace Hills Dr. belied the scrub and rock scramble at the top, but the views and the meal were the pay-off. An especially satisfying sight was the ridgeline from Grandview to Burro and the invoked memories of past conquests.
Four false summits took its toll on the intrepid duo, however, sapping the energy (and the extra Summitcheeseburgers) needed for the secondary target, Table Mound, a thousand ft below and a mile distant (good thing, too–a post-hike gaze at the map showed they had no clue where that summit was). “We Shall Return,” however…Rudy Flat, Dude Peak, “Rock” and Table Mound await annointing with a Summitcheeseburger.

Kirk, Paul – Little Black Mountain

Summit Cheeseburgers Burro, Grandview, and Little Black East of the Summit It's Not Table Mound

April 15, 2007 at 2:50 pm Leave a comment

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