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Ko Phi Phi Viewpoint – Thailand; April 27, 2008

I climbed up to the Ko Phi Phi Viewpoint today with none other than a bacon cheeseburger from a local place called Matt’s Joint. At a whopping 610 feet above sea level I hung out on some rocks and had the burger, a Chang beer, and soaked in the beautiful view. I hope everything is going well back at work in Utah, maybe it’ll stop snowing sometime soon – haha!

Bacon Cheeseburger on Ko Phi Phi

Talk to you all soon – Parker

April 27, 2008 at 12:40 pm 1 comment

4 Peaks on Antelope Island April 25th, 2008

The original plan was to hike Frary Peak, Stringham Peak and Dooley Knob. And then bicycle to Elephant Head and Beacon Knob for a grand total of 5 peaks and associated Cheeseburgers.  SirloinofBeef and Wimpy began their preparations for this trip, the night before, by assembling 5 different types of meat for consumption on 5 peaks of Antelope Island.  We chose Elk for Frary Peak, Organic Beef for Stringham Peak, Moose for Dooley Knob, Bison for Elephant Head and finally Venison for Beacon Knob.  While preparing each of these delectable Cheeseburgers, we ate….. Cheeseburgers of course (plus a beer or two).  The next morning at 6:30 AM, SirloinofBeef stopped by to pick up Wimpy and his bicycle.  In the grand tradition of Team Lazerbeam, Sirloinof Beef decided to head East on I-80.  Realizing the mistake we quickly turned around and started heading West.  Upon reaching the exit for I-15 North, SirloinofBeef decided to instead continue West on I-80.  Eventually getting our bearings we headed North on I-15 towards the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island.  We arrived at Antelope Island without further issue and made our way to South side of Antelope Island and the Frary Peak Trail Head just before 8 AM.  As we followed the trail leading towards the ridgeline, we were treated to an Antelope grazing , multiple Bison, a Coyote out hunting and finally a huge Eagle perched on a pile of rocks.  The views were spectacular in all directions with glimpses of Pilot Peak in Nevada, Deseret Peak, and a pagebook view of the Wasatch Range.  Upon reaching the ridgeline, the trail was well marked and easy to follow.  However, if you insist on checking out all the great views around you, it is easy to trip and fall on your face (not that I speak from experience or anything).  The main trail wraps around the North side of Frary Peak and ends with a bit of scrambling to the final peak.  After admiring the views, we enjoyed a yummy breakfast of well seasoned Elk Cheeseburgers.  Heading back down from the summit we decided to take a short cut directly along the rocky ridge leading up to Frary Peak.  This route while well marked, requires more scrambling and some mild exposure.  After reaching the main trail again, we turned north to ascend to the top of Stringham Peak where we both enjoyed a Beef Cheeseburger.  The Beef Cheeseburger, while good, was simply not in the culinary league of the Elk Cheeseburger.   We then headed down to the point where the trail forks with one fork leading to Dooley Knob.  We headed towards Dooley Knob and quickly gained the Summit.  Regrettably, we were not as quick in consuming the Moose Cheeseburgers.  The Cheeseburgers were truly delicious, but we had started to run into issues with having enough moisture in our mouths to be able to swallow and an overall feeling of fullness and nausea.  We then headed back down to the trailhead,onwards to the North side of Antelope Island and the trail head of the White Rock Bay Loop.  We were again treated to spectacular views as we mounted our Bicycles and headed down the sandy doubletrack West towards Elephant Head.  As we bicyled along, the infamous bugs of Antelope Island began to make their presence felt.  Upon reaching the ridgeline leading to the summit of Elephant head, the trail narrowed and became rocky single track.  As we meandered towards Elephant Head, the density and aggressiveness of the bugs increased exponentially.  As we reached the end of the Bicycle trail, we dropped our steel steads and picked our way up the rocky slope until reaching the summit of Elephant Head.  The summit afforded us beautiful views of Split Rock Bay while we both begrudgingly ate a delicious Bison Cheeseburger.  Several factors had come into play by this point.  1) If you plan on eating 5 Cheeseburgers, don’t make them after drinking beer.  As your eyes will be much bigger than your stomach. 2) If you hope to eat 5 big Cheeseburgers in a day, you must bring a lot more water than you would usually.  3) When people warn you to bring bug repellent to Antelope Island, they are not kidding.  We found ourselves stuffed to the point of extreme nausea, dehydrated to the point of cotton mouth and feeling like we were trying to eat a mouthful of sawdust.  This all occurred as we were being repeatedly bitten by bugs that crawled into your ears, eyes, nose and mouth whenever possible.  Upon reaching the divide in the trail we decided to turn left and retrace our path back to the car rather than head to the right and onto Beacon Knob and a Venison Cheeseburger.  All around a fantastic trip with great food and fantastic hiking.  Kudos to KrustyBunz for his 5 Cheeseburger day.  I only now realize what a gastronomic feat that was.

Money Shot on Frary

Wimpy and SirloinofBeef

Frary Peak(6,596 feet)-Elk Cheeseburger

Stringham Peak(6,345 feet)-Organic Beef Cheeseburger

Dooley Knob (5,190 feet)-Moose Cheeseburger

Elephant Head (5,089)-Bison Cheeseburger

April 27, 2008 at 12:34 pm 2 comments

Peace and Parley’s Peak

To fill in a gap in their Salt Lake area Summit Cheeseburger map fryingelvis and sirloinofbeef decided on a short of ascent of Parley’s Peak. Wimpy was brought along for his mis-navigation skills. The peak is most easily accessible from Devonshire Ave. It ends at a rock painted with a large “H” (for Highland High School). We immediately walked past the trail to the summit, traversed around the peak to the south where a short climb up the southeast ridge brought us to the summit. Parley’s Peak is just a small bump on a ridge off of the more considerable Perkins Peak – I guess it’s named because the USGS used it in their survey of the area (see markers in photos). Before eating burgers on the summit we ascended the ridge in hopes of finding an undiscovered peak for wimpy to conquer. We reached a knoll with a stone peace symbol where wimpy enjoyed a McPeace burger. If it’s ever named we’ll give him credit for this one. We all descended back to Parley’s Peak, ate our Cheeseburgers and continued down to the car. A short hike was turned into a long trip by the Salt Lake City Marathon. No, we didn’t run it, but had to drive around it to get back home. An enjoyable start to the weekend!

Parley’s Peak, UT
sirloinofbeef, flyingpelvis

Peace Summit? Olympus and Lone Peak Peace Out, Cheeseburger Parley's USGS Marker

April 19, 2008 at 7:23 am Leave a comment

Cleveland Summiteers, along with their determined Brazilian guides, conquer first Southern Hemisphere summit, Serra das Cabras

The Plan crafted by “Hon” and Pedro
…we catch up with the expedition party at their Cleveland training facility. It is the beginning of January and expedition leader Kevin, aka “K-Dawg”, is on board with our quest to be the first group to conquer a Southern Hemisphere summit. He assigned the task of site selection to Ron a.k.a. Hon and Pedro. With his vast knowledge of the region and guidelines of Summit Cheese in hand, Pedro recommended that we target “Pico do Jaraguá”. Our objective was to hit the summit early. We would fly into Guarulhos International Airport on Sunday morning, grab a cheeseburger at the airport and head to the summit.

Disappointment on Day one
The expedition party left for Brazil on January 19th, 2008 and arrived on the morning of January 20th. All was going to plan. We identified a source for cheeseburgers and met up with our driver. After several attempts at communication and the assistance of a local bystander, our driver was informed that we wanted to eat cheeseburgers on top of Pico do Jaraguá. He stared at us as if we were crazy Americans. A bubble popped up above his head “Why would anyone fly to Brazil and want to eat a cheeseburger on a summit?” He snapped back to reality and said “NO”. He feared for the safety of the expedition party and would not drive us to the summit. He kept with his plan and drove us to Campinas.

Expedition Team regroups
After a disappointing morning, expedition leader Kevin rounded up the team and planned for an alternate summit. However, that did not work out since the team was already sampling local specialty drinks. Specifically they were intrigued by the Caipirinha.

After sleeping off the effects of the Caipirinha’s, the expedition team met up with Pedro and Fernanda. We looked at the local maps and agreed that we would eat a cheeseburger on Tuesday evening on top of Serra das Cabras. (Aerial View)

Official Location

The Second Attempt – The Cheeseburgers
It’s January 22nd, 18:00 Hrs local time and we are located at a plant in Valinhos. Pedro and Fernanda comment that there are many restaurants on the way but unsure if any serve cheeseburgers. Luck would have it that this unnamed plant has a picnic area with a little fast food kiosk. The kiosk has many signs depicting the fine eats one may purchase. On the top center is a beautiful picture of a cheeseburger. We immediately order seven cheeseburgers from Eliana. Quickly, Fernanda corrects the order and states that we only need six. We wonder, why does Fernanda not want a cheeseburger? Does she not like cheeseburgers? Is she a vegetarian? Why go through all this planning and preparation and not order a cheeseburger? We are all dumbfounded. The total purchase price was R$ 18.00 ($12.00 US) with an item description of “X Burger”. Pedro explains that the “X” in Portuguese sounds like Cheese. Eliana, nicely packages the six cheeseburgers in Styrofoam boxes and we are on our way.

The Drive
With cheeseburgers in hand, the seven of us break out into two groups and begin the adventure up the mountain. We head north on SP-083 until we approach the SP-083 and SP-065 interchange. We quickly learn that there is no direct route between two points. As we continue our drive, we see the road, Av. Anotonio Couto de Barros, which leads to the summit. However, we must drive past the road, take the next exit, drive in the opposite direction, then turn and drive through a local neighborhood, eventually making a left heading east on Rod Heitor Penteado. Several kilometers later Rod Heitor Penteado becomes Av. Anotonio Couto de Barros road. We then drive through the town of Sousas which is known for its great dining. At the end of town, the paved road transforms into a dirt path. The expedition party continues on the spiraling rock studded trail until we reach the summit.

The Summit
We finally arrive at the Summit to find the Observatoria closed …“if it was easy, everybody would be doing it!” As we ponder our next move, advance scout Jim notices a Security guard inside the Observatoria grounds. In typical American fashion, Jim hollers at the guard to get his attention. Eventually the guard meanders over to investigate the noisy ruckus. At his side is partner Ballina, the blind-in-one-eye watch dog. Expedition team negotiators Fernanda and Pedro quickly engage in discussions with the Security guard. During their discussions, we hear words “Amigos”, “Summit Cheese” and “Cheeseburgers”. A few moments later, the gates to the Observatoria are opened and we have full access to the grounds. We are guided to the main observatory and are allowed to enter. We climb the stairs, past the telescope and onto the outside balcony. We are greeted with a beautiful view of the city Morungaba. As the sun begins to set, we decide it’s time to consume our cheeseburgers. The time is 20:15 Hrs, about two hours since the cheeseburgers were nicely prepared and packaged for the ascent. We open the Styrofoam containers to find our cheeseburgers have taken on the shape of a square box. They seemed to have doubled in weight and become compact. Remarkably, they are still warm.
A quarter ways into the consumption of the cheeseburger, the expedition team through non-verbal communication indicates that this is by far the most difficult part of the journey. The compacted / high density burgers seem to be expanding as they traveled to our stomachs. We now know the rest of the story as to why Fernanda did not want a cheeseburger. Per SC rules, the entire cheeseburger must be consumed to qualify as an official summit. Fifteen minutes and five pounds later, the team completes their goal of ascending a summit in Brazil and consuming one of the worst cheeseburgers we have ever had.

We quickly descended down the dark, rut and boulder filled road back to town. For some odd reason, the road down the mountain led directly to Giovannelli’s in Campinas. We ended the expedition with several rounds of Chopp. As we were leaving the restaurant, Dave requested a Saideira (si-day-da). The establishment honored Dave’s request and gave us another round of Chopp on the house.

Congratulations to the Expedition Team for the first Southern Hemisphere Cheeseburger Summit.
Summiteers:
Kevin – Expedition Leader
Dave – Mr. Saideira
Pedro – Transportation czar and negotiator
Jim – Advance scout and security antagonist
Maureen – Planner, Dog tamer
Ron – Logistics

Honorary Summiteer:
Fernanda – Off road driver, negotiator and cheeseburger expert

Please note: Animals and Humans were not harmed or injured during this expedition. However, rough roads may be responsible for future rattles in expedition vehicles.

April 16, 2008 at 8:33 am 3 comments

Tom’s Hill (9040 feet) April 13, 2008

In perhaps another attempt to avoid doing their taxes, SirloinofBeef and Wimpy decided to tackle Tom’s Hill in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The morning started with meeting up at SirloinofBeef’s residence where Wimpy was treated to a warm cup of coffee. The decision had been made to use snowshoes for the ascent as it was too steep for our supposed Telemark Skiing skills. The Mill D North Fork Trailhead (7260 feet ) is well marked and has a nice place to park off of the road. If you decide not to pay any attention to the map you can be fooled into heading perpendicular to the road up into the visible gully. Needless to say we spent a good 35 minutes realizing that we were not on the correct trail. After retracing our steps, we began looking for the trail again. After 10 minutes of snowshoeing led to increasingly steep terrain, we again realized that we were not on the trail. After much discussion we realized approximately where the trail should be and worked our way crosscountry (i.e. bushwacking) until we came across the trail. Once on the trail, the terrain was reasonable and the snow relatively consolidated. As we made our way into the the actual gully leading to Dog Lake and Tom’s Hill, the trail broadened and we were joined by multiple skiers heading into the backcountry to enjoy on one of the last skiable weekends of the year. At the obvious fork in the trail we continued left and eventually turned left again to start our ascent of Tom’s Hill. The trail followed the edge of an open slope with multiple ski track cross hatching. Upon reaching the ridgeline, we were treated to phenomenal views of Kessler Peak, Reynolds Peak and Gobbler’s Knob in the distance. We then followed the gentle ridgeline to the obvious summit. Our meal for the day was a pair of Wendy’s plain Cheeseburgers. After consuming our meal we decided to bushwack our way back down (big surprise) to avoid snowshoeing on the slopes that backcountry skiers were using and to potentially cut off a portion of the trail. The descent led through a beautiful grove of Quaking Aspens (Populus Tremuloides) before steepening into a somewhat controlled slide down to the trail. The trip back to the car was fast and easy. If you stick to the trail, Tom’s Hill is a great intermediate hike about 4 miles in length with an altitude gain of less than 2000 feet. Highly recommended

Summits: Tom’s Hill

Summiteers: SirloinofBeef 1, Wimpy 1

Kessler Peak

April 15, 2008 at 8:47 am 2 comments

Tiger Mountain-January 2008

A chilly January morning seemed like the perfect time for a hike in the Cascade foothills East of Seattle. Some of the current and future Navy and Marine Corps Officers that I work with were talking about a trip to Tiger Mountain and I said count me in. They kept referring to it as a “Hump” rather than a “Hike”. I finally broke down and asked for clarification on what distinguishes a hump from a hike. They told me the main difference is the amount of weight you load into your pack. I’m not talking necessary hiking gear, I’m talking weight to enhance the workout. That said, most of the group loaded up with 30-40 extra pounds to make sure the beautiful climb wasn’t a missed opportunity for a workout. A few of my fellow hikers opted for “dynamic” loads in the form of twin 3 year olds vice the standard sand bags. http://www.flickr.com/photos/summitcheese/sets/72157604442568768/

We stormed a popular fast food restaurant for about a dozen sausage biscuits with cheese and drove East and found the trail head at 502 ft elevation and began the roughly 5 mile round trip to the 2522ft summit of West Tiger Mountain. The 2000 ft elevation change came as we transitioned from frozen ground to icy trail to packed snow. Most of the journey is through fairly dense forest but there are a couple of view point along the way. Views from the top are spectacular and they come with the added benefit of some very friendly Gray Jays.

Once at the summit, we consumed our breakfast sandwiches, that remarkably were still warm.

We made quick time descending the mountain (again, I believe to never pass up an opportunity to work those legs) and headed back to the city.

I plan to drag Wimpy up there the next time he makes it out to Washington.

Summits: 1, West Tiger #3, Elevation 2522

Summiteers: Mark (SafetyMan), Tim (Eddie) and Morgan (Wiggs)

April 8, 2008 at 1:35 pm 3 comments

Sand Peak-the cruel way April 6, 2008

With a reasonable start time of 7 AM, SirloinofBeef and Wimpy set out to conquer the mighty Sand Peak.  We decided on a circuitous route so that Wimpy could finally bag City Creek Peak on the way.  After a quick drive by the home of Falsebeard and SirLeeBastard, we started our hike from the Ensign Peak Trailhead.  The trail was relatively clear of snow and would have allowed for a quick hike if not for the aerobic conditioning of Wimpy.  Many ‘Views’ (ie. rest break) were enjoyed on the way to the summit of City Creek Peak.  After passing the turnoff for Ensign Peak we were treated to two herds of Deer trotting by.  The first group consisted of more than 10 deer and elicited comments from both hikers about ‘Wow that is a lot of Deer’.  Much to our suprise, this herd of animals was quickly followed by a second group that was at least 25-30 Deer in number.  It has been a rough winter for Deer, Elk and Moose, but all the Deer appeared to be in good shape.  After several false summits, we gained the real summit of City Creek Peak and broke out ‘The Boy'(singular).  Since this peak had been previously climbed by SirloinofBeef, only Wimpy ate the requisite Cheeseburger.  The Cheeseburger consisting of a delicious Beef patty a creamy slice of Manchego goat cheese surrounded by a flowered bun and spiced with Smoked Paprika. Yum! After summiting City Creek Peak we took a wandering pathway back down to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.  No one who has read this site before, will be suprised to find out that completely unnecessary bushwacking was performed.  As we wandered along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail north of Sand Peak, two hikers with a dog warned us that we should hurry as it had begun to snow.  Remembering the rallying cry of mountaineers Joe Tasker and Peter Boardman ‘Wind and Snow are best confronted’, we chose to forge onto Sand Peak.  It should be duly noted, that Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker died in 1982 on the North-North East Ridge of Everest (in a snowstorm).  Both Tasker and Boardman were authors and published some of the finest books on Alpine Mountaineering including ‘Everest the Cruel Way’.  As we pushed on southward, the looming profile of Sand Peak came into view.  We turned off from the main trail and reached the summit in about a minute of leasurely walking.  We were treated to views of the valley, the great salt lake and Antelope Islane.  We quickly broke out ‘The Boys’ and enjoyed SirloinofBeefs Cheeseburger creations.  Afterwards we followed the trail down to the neighborhood houses and back to the car to complete and elegant loop.

Summits: SirloinofBeef 1 (Sand Peak), Wimpy, 2 (City Creek Peak and Sand Peak)

 

April 8, 2008 at 12:26 pm 1 comment

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