Once upon a time, my pal Shelby decided to get really into hiking. I’ve always loved hiking, but not enough to actually seek out friends who do too. So when Shelby was like “I suddenly want to hike to the summit of every mountain in Utah so wanna be my hiking buddy?” I was like “Oh I was going to ask you and everyone else I hang out with if you wanted to go hiking with me but I just never got around to it because I am actually quite lazy and don’t plan this type of thing unless someone invites me and I conveniently already don’t have any other plans.”
We started small, with Mount Timpanogos (lolol). OK so we actually did a few small hikes before that: Silver Lake and Upper Falls, and I’m sure the Y was thrown in there somewhere.
THEN Timpanogos. We started at midnight (I highly recommend this. Not only is the sunrise incredible from up there, but you also don’t have to get full sun on your way up, and you can’t see how far you are from the top).
Getting to the top was fine, but you always forget to mentally prepare yourself for the long descent. I actually told Shelby my entire life story, complete with the most minute and uninteresting details, to keep ourselves mentally stable. This was still more enjoyable than the first time I hiked it though (family got separated, many delays, no sunscreen and severe blistering sunburns, bad case of sitting-inside-all-summer-and-being-very-out-of-shape, etc. all contributed to that).
Among the others: Battle Creek, Squaw Peak, The Y (again) and Angel’s Landing. All excellent 10/10 would recommend. There’s just something about being wayyyy up above everyone else that keeps us turning our legs to jelly and depriving ourselves of sleep.
Sadly, Shelby is now on the literal other end of the Earth on a study abroad, so I am accepting applications for a temporary Fall hiking buddy. DM or email me your resumes any time between now and the winter months, thanks.