FIFTEENTH SURGERY for HIGH UINTAS PROJECT & BOOK. WHAT SPINE SURGEON SAYS ABOUT DANGEROUS MISALIGNMENT OF SPINE — GOING FORWARD….NOT GIVING IN….EASILY!

FOR A COMPLETE HISTORY OF WHAT THE PROJECT HAS TAKEN…from BACK SURGERIES TO NOT BEING ABLE TO WALK, LEARNING WITH BABY STEPS…ALL THE WAY TO DOING A HALF MARATHON, HIKING IN THE UINTAS AGAIN & HOW TO GET THE BOOKS, SCROLL DOWN–but first SOMETHING FREE!

To download to your computer this FREE 27 PAGE BOOKLET, click on that link & familiarize yourself with the 730 page BOOK-described by some as THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS, described further along in this post.

TODAY, November 17th the 15th surgery was done–since 2003, when the UINTAS PROJECT BEGAN: “NOSE TERMINATE REDUCTION SURGERY.” BELOW IS SEEN A PICTURE OF ONE OF MY ENLARGED NASAL TERMINATES, making breathing difficult, and secreting mucus that would cause congestion and coughing and of course making hiking in the Uintas more difficult.

Next we see that nostril with the terminate REDUCED, making breathing easier and reducing secretions of mucus.

Of course both terminates were reduced that will give me a few more years of better breathing.

TWO OTHER SURGERIES DURING THE LAST MONTH: EYE CATARACT REMOVAL & LENS REPLACEMENT. The incredible surgeries are still in recovery–with bags under my eyes, etc., but for normal eye sight I don’t need glasses anymore, can see crystal clear with normal vibrant colors, can now use dark glasses as both eyes are the same, and only will need glasses for reading small print.

CONCERNING THE LIFE & DEATH PROBLEM OF SPINE MISALIGNMENT, SEEN AGAIN BELOW IN THE X-RAY:

Yesterday, November 16th, my spine surgeon, after taking x-rays, concluded no worsening of my condition since the previous visit 1 month ago…….I have been very careful during that month to avoid any fall or movement that could cause more misalignment and paralyze, or kill me. He described the surgery he could do to correct the condition: “IT WOULD BE A SURGERY MUCH MORE COMPLICATED AND SERIOUS THAN ANYTHING YOU HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED. I WOULDN’T DO IT, NOR WOULD YOU WANT IT, UNLESS YOU WERE IN SO MUCH PAIN AND DANGER THAT YOU DIDN’T WANT TO LIVE ANY LONGER!” So, I’ll carefully persist in carefully working out, on cold days at the American Fork Fitness Center to get stronger– learning to use the apparatuses and still work towards…….

MEETING YOU ON A HIGH UINTA TRAIL IN 2022 IN MY 87th YEAR!

NOW I’LL REPEAT THE INFORMATION ON THE TWO BOOKS THAT TELL THE STORY OF HOW MY LIFE WAS SAVED & MADE PRODUCTIVE WITH A COUPLE OF

“IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS!”

IT’S THE ONLY HIGH UINTA BOOK WITH: BEAUTIFUL COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS–1,600 of them; THE FASCINATING HISTORY–like about the first explorers to see the Uintas; the story of my American hero, Jedediah Smith and his team–the first to trap on the North Slope, and the mountain I’ve named in his honor; “The Tie hackers,” unsung American heroes & their Ghost towns, including the story of “The liveliest if not the most wicked town in America” and President Eisenhower’s hero, “the Bare Knuckle Marshal,” who tried to pacify it; the UNBELIEVABLE LEGENDS, and the stories of gold in the Uintas, & more; plus 120 TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS with trails, and distances covering every Trailhead area including updated information on the lakes to guide you in planning your adventures; and critically THE SURVIVAL STORIES that have already saved many lives, INCLUDING MY LAST BACKPACK WHEN 80 YEARS OLD TO GET TO THE LAKE THAT HAS MY NAME, “LITTLE ANDY LAKE,” in the eastern shadow of Kings Peak, and the highest lake in Utah at 12,302 feet.

To get the BOOK: Send a check for $20 or a $20 bill, to Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003, along with your email and I’ll email you the link to download the 730 Page eBook to your computer. With that, if you want, as 50+ Uinta lovers have, take it on a thumb drive to your favorite printer to get a printed copy. Scroll down to learn about my printer whose the best.

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THE UPDATED 567 page STORY OF MY LIFE AMONG THE MAYA, downloadable FREE, entitled: (the title is the link to download)

A FIFTY YEAR “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” AMONG MY PEOPLE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA

It has many hundreds of color photos from what they say is:

“THE LAND WHERE COLOR WAS INVENTED!”

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PAYING THE PRICE FOR THE HIGH UINTAS WILDERNESS PROJECT & THE BOOK……SOON WITH TOTAL OF 15 SURGERIES……maybe more!

We see below a sort of one picture depiction of the HIGH UINTAS PROJECT & publishing of the book. It started in summer 2003–then 2,000+ miles of backpacking /exploration later, the book was published online in 2017 on my 81st birthday. Then came the last 12 months–2020-2021– going through near death, to not being able to walk…..and my effort to NOT GIVE UP!

By November 2020–with 10 surgeries, two radiation treatments for cancer, and worn out joints and body parts–were all catching up with me, necessitating on November 13, 2020 the 3rd back surgery with more titanium appliances trying to keep my spine aligned properly, shown above. That began a YEAR OF STRUGGLE DEPICTED IN THE MONTAGE OF PHOTOS. The November surgery backfired and I couldn’t walk, nor stand up to take a shower, and my right leg literally died, leading to emergency surgery in Dec. which helped but not being able to exercise–the muscle disappeared and leg looked like a holocausts victim, but I couldn’t give in, and in my desperation wasn’t cautious enough……so in January I took 3 FALLS RESULTING IN A FRACTURE IN MY SPINE FORCING ME TO BE CAREFUL AND OVER SEVERAL MONTHS THE CRACKS IN MY VERTEBRAE HEALED, BUT……EVOLVED THE BEGINNING OF A DANGEROUS MISALIGNMENT OF MY SPINE…….

THE PRESENT CHALLENGE IS SEEN BELOW IN AN X-RAY THAT SHOWS A DANGEROUS MISALIGNMENT.

The lower vertebrae’s are misaligned with the upper ones and at an angle are pushing up on the inside corner of the upper ones. If it slipped a bit more it could cut the spinal chord!

My spine specialist and spine surgeon agree that another fall, such as I had back in January–or for sure the “FLYING FALL” I took in the Uintas on May 11, 2020 (scroll way down to learn about it), could paralyze me, or kill me–SO I HAVE TO WORK AT STRENGTHENING MYSELF AND GETTING STRONGER–CAREFULLY!

More surgeries? I was first told by the surgeon it could take from 4 to 5 surgeries to correct everything, and in my 86th year that didn’t sound very inviting–the Dr. himself saying, “I WISH YOU WERE 65 RATHER THAN 85!” but added, “You are amazing and in better health at 85 than most of us are at 65!” ………. so I’m carefully working on strengthening myself, as depicted in the montage and as reported in previous posts you can see by scrolling down–even using my WALKER for long distance walks………

……….my last one DOING A HALF MARATHON WITH MY WALKER AND BEATING THE KENYANS!–almost losing when TWO BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADIES TRIED TO DO A “LOVE KIDNAPPING!”

WHAT? YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME? SCROLL DOWN AND GET THE “rest of the story” in my last posts. You will notice that I’m doing my darndest to laugh at me getting OLD!

I will only go for another surgery if necessary to save my life.

IN THE MEANTIME GET MY BOOK SO YOU’LL HAVE SOME FASCINATING READING WITH YOUR KIDS, OR GRANDKIDS DURING THE LONG UPCOMING WINTER! YOU’LL BE GETTING THE ONLY BOOK IN EXISTENCE ON THE UINTAS WITH COLOR PHOTOS, THE INCREDIBLE HISTORY, FASCINATING LEGENDS, & SURVIVAL STORIES THAT HAVE ALREADY SAVED MANY LIVES!

………..and I must add, the BOOK has an EXCLUSVIE 89 page guide to doing a 856 MILE AUTO LOOP TOUR OF THE UINTA MOUNTAINS that show our UINTAS to be equal to or BETTER THAN MOST NATIONAL PARKS. My spine doctor, Dr. Allan Colledge, bought a print book and with his wife did the tour using the book as their guide in 2020, and when I afterwards went to him for one of my emergencies–HE IGNORED MY REASON FOR SEEING HIM, AND……

HE RATHER WENT ON AND ON PRAISING THE GUIDE AND THEIR TOUR of our wonderful HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS!

The good doctor finally got through with the Uintas and inquired why I had come to see him….eventually leading to two more surgeries and a very challenging year–NOW OF COURSE PERHAPS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE OF MY PROJECT!

Above we see the print version of the 730 page, two volume book. For $20 you can purchase a link to download the book to your computer. Send in the mail (if you don’t have checks anymore, just send a $20 bill–we aren’t in Guatemala, so you can trust the mailman), or drop by my place with $20 at 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah. I live in the funky little white trailer parked at my son Jesse’s home behind my son Nephi’s luxurious mobile home. Give me your email, and I’ll send or give you the link so you can download it. If you send a check, make it to

Cordell Andersen.

Once you have it on your computer, if you want a printed copy as seen above, you can put it on a thumb drive and take to your favorite printer. If you are in the Utah Valley area, my printer, COPYTEC does an excellent job with perfect color reproduction and the best paper. Their address is: 185 West 200 South, Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062, Tel. 801-785-3680. Online: www.copyteconline.com.

In the beginning I had one printed for me at OFFICE MAX that cost me $173.50 and then I found COPYTEC and was able to offer a printed book for $140, but prices have gone up a lot so the last one I had printed cost $170 and I lost money. MORE THAN 50 paid the big bucks to get the printed version–and LOVE IT!

I’m not quite as mobile as before, so now, best get it done yourself. NOTE: If you go to OFFICE MAX make sure and tell them to lighten up the photos as the one done for me had them too dark and I had to give that copy away to a friend!

MORE SURGERIES FOR “LITTLE ANDY”

My motto over many years has been “NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE IN….EASILY!”

Now, on November 8th I’ve had two eye surgeries to get rid of cataracts and do lens replacement on my both eyes–that now are almost like knew — 20/20. On November 17th will have surgery–to reduce my nasal terminates so I can breath normally again for the first time in years and be able to better handle the High Uinta altitudes.

That will bring my surgeries to 15 since I began my HIGH UINTAS PROJECT…..with the 2,000+ miles of backpacking gradually wearing out some body parts, the unsalvageable ones removed, and others rebuilt with titanium. SO SOON I WILL BE A NEW MAN…….SO DON’T BE SURPRISED IF YOU RUN INTO AN OLD GUY IN HIS 87th YEAR ON SOME HIGH UINTA TRAIL IN 2022!

MY 2nd BOOK:

A FIFTY YEAR “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” AMONG MY PEOPLE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA

Most of my life was spent among the Maya in Guatemala–which 567 page history has over 400 color photographs of “THE LAND WHERE COLOR WAS INVENTED” …………I”ll insert just one photo from the book that shows the ANNUAL INDIAN FOLKLORE FESTIVAL that the experts have said is:

THE MOST COLORFUL INDIGENOUS EVENT IN THE HEMISPHERE!

The book has also now been completed, and can be downloaded to your computer or electronic device for FREE by clicking on the link below:

A FIFTY  YEAR “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” AMONG MY PEOPLE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA

More information can be found on the following website, as well as an online version–but not as complete as the one downloadable, at: https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

THE NEWEST VERSION (printable download) has WISDOM from Albert Einstein, Tom Selleck in his movie AN INNOCENT MAN, from Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) in his movie CLEAR & PRESENT DANGER , and from the Amazon Series, THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.

MY LIFE IS BASICALLY TOLD IN THESE TWO BOOKS. On giving a lecture at the Utah Valley Historical Society in Provo, Utah in December 2019, one friend’s reaction was:

WHAT A LIFE, WHAT A COUPLE OF BOOKS!

I have to agree that I was undeservedly blessed with my TWO LIVES: The ONE AMONG MY BELOVED MAYA, and my ONE IN THE HIGH UINTAS, for both of which lives I will be eternally grateful!

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“LITTLE ANDY’S RETURN TO THE UINTAS–actually with a BACKPACK! NEVER GIVING IN….EASILY!

Here I am entranced by the view of THE GRANDADDIES from the East Grandaddy Saddle — for full disclosure, not in 2021, but rather back when I could WALK, HIKE & BACKPACK maybe in 2008 when I bivouacked up there along with my Guatemalan daughter, Mahana. NOW I’M WORKING WITH “BABY STEPS” TO BE ABLE TO HIKE A LITTLE with a “BABY SURVIVAL PACK” on my worn out back.

From last season–2020 not being able to hike, much less backpack, then following two back surgeries that didn’t work too good with me degenerating to NOT EVEN BEING ABLE TO WALK ANYMORE–WHICH SCARED THE HECK OUT OF ME–scaring me into pushing myself to the point of learning to walk all over again with BABY STEPS!

I then graduated to walking more and more to keep my good left leg alive and force my dead right leg to wake up and build again muscle–all with the wonderful walker my friend Paul gave me, stretching out my walks from American Fork all the way to Lone Peak High School in Highland!

Then, as reported in the previous post I stretched my walking to successfully doing the half-marathon distance (13.2 miles) with my walker–all the way to Alpine and back. NOTE: You will notice that there is now muscle AGAIN in my right basically dead leg, so all the walking has worked!

I then decided there was need of NEW PROGRESS, A NEW CHALLENGE–actually doing some kind of hike in the High Uintas to end the season. So, I humbled myself and got a pair of previously hated TREKKING POLES–before I always had more important things to do with my hands, like always having my camera at ready get that once in a life-time shot, carrying my fishing rod, or munchies, etc.

I headed for the High Uintas, up the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway–now finally back to driving with my right leg, and intending to find a 1/4 mile hike to some lake, and return for a 1/2 mile goal. I referred to my BOOK to find the right hike.

SOUNDS PRETTY WIMPY, RIGHT? But graduating from NOT BEING ABLE TO WALK all the way to A SEMI-STEEP, ROCKY TRAIL with only trekking poles–would be A VERY BIG DEAL FOR FOR THIS 85 YEAR OLD & HIS BABY STEPS! Around the bend from the Hayden Peak Overlook, a 1/2 mile from the Mirror Lake turn-off, I found what I was looking for at the FEHR LAKE TRAILHEAD–it was twice the distance I was looking for, but would have to do.

I have always advised everyone to go prepared even on a short day-hike-which is what Carole Wetherton and daughter Kim were doing from the Crystal Lake Trailhead on September 13, 2003. They disappeared and were never found that fall in a massive search. Their bones were found in 2004. They had not gone prepared for any trouble–no rain gear, not warm enough clothing, had matches–but not waterproof ones so what they had were useless as it rained and then snowed, etc.

That tragic case is described on pages 347-348 of my BOOK. Other “SURVIVAL STORIES” are told in the book, as well as my “Survival stories” and why I’m still alive, when others in like experiences died.

So, as seen above, I actually had on my back what I call my “BABY SURVIVAL PACK” that weighs 4.4 lbs. with which I could safely spend a night or two in the wilderness, if needed.

NOTE: I have strict instructions from my doctors to NOT BACKPACK ANYMORE–but, 4.4 lbs. is basically nothing–yet….

…..NOW QUALIFIES ME AGAIN AS “A BACKPACKER!”

I didn’t have my waist-pack for the actual hike, that is for my camera, but just used my smart phone for a few photos on the trail as seen below.

This was my first experience with trekking poles, and just a short while down the trail I stopped to adjust the length properly. Soon I noted that on smooth stretches that were level, or just slightly uphill, it was best for me to not even use the trekking poles–but they were critical for the downhill stretches. My lower back pain was the most bothersome part of the experience, and I’ll admit I had to rest a few times.

Eventually I came to a quite long, steep downhill section with the lake now in view, but as seen below there were a couple of quite large steps down that my experience to that point had showed me was dangerous for my condition.

I’ll insert a close-up below of the steps down, even though the picture doesn’t really show how high they were–from 12-15″ each–two high for my BABY STEPS! I couldn’t see a safe way to detour around this tiny stretch, but I’m sure I could have if it had of been a matter of life and death–but as ridiculously small as this effort was, I couldn’t take excessive risks.

So, I got closer to the lake using the zoom on my smart phone, you see below.

I then headed back to the Trailhead, and like I mentioned for my condition & BABY STEPS, uphill was much easier for me than downhill–which was dangerous. On semi-level ground I didn’t use the poles at all, and moved along faster, even with baby steps. BUT I MADE IT BACK TO THE CAR & CAN NOW BRAG A LITTLE ABOUT DOING SOME “BACKPACKING IN 2021” but I frankly have to confess IT WAS TOUGH FOR ME, which for any normal person would be embarrassing to admit, but for me it WAS PURE TRIUMPH & A GREAT NEW BEGINNING!

But, once again for full disclosure: It hurt me some and driving home was painful–so I’ve gotto back off just a little and do less each time, but do it twice a day doing laps following the trails around the American Fork Amphitheater, even doing medium steps leading with my right “dead leg” which is coming back and isn’t completely dead anymore!

OBVIOUSLY I HAVE THE HOPE OF KEEPING IN SHAPE and GETTING STRONGER DURING THE WINTER–mostly at the American Fork Fitness Center, and I must FIND A SOLUTION FOR THE CONSTANT LOWER BACK PAIN–(and have set up an appointment with Dr. Allan Colledge who is a real High Uinta Friend who has been life saving in the past),

GETTING STRONGER….NOW in the Fall, & in Spring 2022, will have me add to my DAILY WALKS, at least every other day, hikes with trekking poles in the Amphitheater, foothills, and canyons–like GROVE CANYON, ROCK CANYON, etc. I have found that to keep my legs awake requires daily exercise WALKS & TREKS!

I’m even alternating walking with a sort of semi-jog with my walker with sights on……best not admit it or you’d be even more sure I’m crazy…..after all I have been also called a……..

“Modern Don Quijote!”!

KEEPING AWAKE BOTH OF MY LEGS, I’M HOPEFUL DOING IN 2022 AN OVERNIGHTER & I EXPECT SEVERAL OF THEM, EACH A LITTLE MORE AGGRESSIVE!

SOME OF YOU JUSTIFIABLY WILL LAUGH AT THIS “OLD BACKPACKER,” BUT FOR ME, CONSIDERING I COULDN’T EVEN WALK TOO LONG AGO & SEEMED TO BE GETTING WORSE WITH BOTH LEGS GOING NUMB–I PERSONALLY AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL TO THE LORD FOR PUSHING AND HELPING ME TO …..”NOT GIVE IN….EASILY!”

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This is the printed book in two volumes. With the link you can have it all on your computer, and if you want, put it on a thumb-drive to take to your favorite printer to wonderfully have one to hold in your hands

 GET THE BOOK…..It’s not just for backpackers, but for parents and grandparents who can share the history, legends & LIFE SAVING survival stories with your children, and grandchildren, and inspire them to appreciate the wonderful High Uinta Mountains–as good or better then most National Parks!

Send your check in my name for $19.95  along with your email address to:

Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

I will then email you a link to download the two volume book. You are thereafter welcome to share the link with others, but I would appreciate you forwarding to me half of whatever you get for it–maybe it can be a business for you MAKING YOU A MILLIONAIRE–AND ME TOO–FINALLY!  It’s a treasure of updated information, history, legends, hundreds of color photographs, 120 topographical maps with trails and distances marked, and what is needed to 

MAKE MORE ENJOYABLE & SAFE OUR WONDERFUL UINTAS.

I’m not kidding—IT HAS SAVED LIVES!

The RODEO CLOWN, or QUIJOTE, or OLD JED SMITH or is it today just LITTLE ANDY– beats the Kenyans in an amazing “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” Half Marathon!

From 1994 on for 14 consecutive years I ran….and towards the end “walked” some,   the Coban International Half Marathon in Guatemala, but then in the midst of my High Uinta Mountains Project had to end my competing with the Kenyans and give top priority to my High Uinta Project and hoped for book because of too many needed surgeries–to date by 2021 – twelve, to keep me going and ended up in November 2020 to January 2021 having constant pain and a dead right leg–NOT BEING ABLE TO EVEN WALK! 

But I’ve tried my darndest to keep my vow to….

….. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE IN…..EASILY! 

As explained in previous posts, I graduated from a wheel chair, to a simple walker, and always using a walking cane.  But then had a “SPINAL ABLATION TO DEADEN MY PAIN” resulting in little pain relief, but shockingly my good left leg feeling numb too!  That scared the heck out of me and so I decided to keep my good leg awake, and force my dead right one to tag along–keeping it stiff, walking twice a day at the super market parking lots using a shopping cart, and some on grass each day with no devise to help me and as reported in previous posts–learning to walk all over again & fall without breaking anything LIKE A BABY!

Then with the incredibly wonderful help of my friend PAUL EDMUNDS who gave me a more modern version of the walker with big wheels, and a seat to rest once in a while, and a compartment to carry water and a picnic lunch–which freed me and I began at my tiny home doing LONG DISTANCE WALKING as mentioned in the last post.

I kept increasing the distances finally getting all the way to the Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah–about 8 miles round-trip, then a week later doing a little more up to 10 miles, and was finally building up enough muscle on my dead leg to actually feel sore after my long walks! THAT WAS PROGRESS!

Then I got a flash from on HIGH: 

I’VE GOT TO DO THE HALF MARATHON DISTANCE, 13.2 MILES–sort of competing again with the Kenyans!

So, to do my part to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, on Saturday, August 28th, I left home determined to:

Do a Half Marathon–even if it took me all day!

NOTE: I’ve been known to be a DREAMER, and during the night before the BIG DAY, I actually was nervous and didn’t sleep a lot, just as always happened before a race–but in the sporadic moments of sleep I ACTUALLY DREAMED A “BIG WHOPPER” OF A DREAM–ME USING MY WALKER IN THE COBAN INTERNATIONAL HALF MARATHON AND BEATING THE KENYANS!

So, I headed north from home near the CVS Pharmacy in American Fork, heading north to the Art Dye Park, then up the hill to the Highland bench, and continued north to Canal Blvd, and down the bicycle pathway that led to the Highland Glen Park pond you see below-

Then up the pathway behind the Lone Peak High School and all around it–WHICH IS HUGE–to the North County Blvd, and from there north to ALPINE.  You see a shot below along the way in Alpine looking now back sort of southeast towards American Fork Canyon–which from American Fork was way north–SO I WAS COVERING A LOT OF GROUND!

By Alpine my legs were feeling pretty much like rubber, and so I rested more than usual, and had a small picnic lunch, plus the supplements I used  doing the International Half Marathon, and my long backpacks in the Uintas–ENDUROLYTES, SPORTLEGS, and two more Excedrin in addition to the three taken before starting–all of which solved my “rubbery legs” problem, as well as other glitches I was experiencing,

NOTE: Excedrin in combination with Cod Liver Oil is the only combination desinflamatory and pain killer that relieves a little my constant lower back pain

I then headed south, eventually passing the High School — the picture below taken on a previous date you might be able to see.

From there on two previous “walks” I had returned south on the North County Blvd. on the east side using sidewalks, but this time I did as on my first effort by staying on the west side and using the bicycle lane down the highway–that previously had someone calling 911 and police stopped to try and save me, then a nice Latin American girl in a sports car tried to kidnap me! 

So here I was again, hoping for another love-kidnapping attempt, and it happened when a really sweet young lady–who was beautiful, tried to give me a ride.  She was so nice I thought she would let me take a picture for this report–but my smart phone battery was DEAD! But, after a nice conversation-I needed the rest badly-and being revived in my spirits made it home again…… 

……..WITH MY HONOR & VIRTUE UNBLEMISHED!

At my CABIN-A HOMESTEAD I began my recovery as I was worn out after the half-marathon distance–that I have to honestly confess took me over 6 hours–and I needed some “MIRACLE SUPPLEMENTS” so I resorted to my stash of “blanched Macuy leaves.”  My MACUY patch is seen below that now has gratefully taken over my entire garden!

 MACUY is the miracle medicinal/weed from Guatemala that saved the Mayan people, more nutritious than most vegetables.  It grows wild in shady areas of the Mayan mountains, the leaves gathered by women and their children, and usually eaten in soups.  I discovered it from Erlinda Xol, the barefoot Guatemalan Half-Marathon champion who I visited in her village of San Juan Chamelco, she claiming her secret was to eat MACUY in soup for every lunch.

I got one plant growing in American Fork, and from the seed–now have it as  my entire garden next to my Cabin-A.  I harvest the leaves, blanch them to eliminate (or cook)  slugs, bugs, microbes, etc. and then freeze.  My afternoon meal always includes a gob of the leaves, mixed with fruit juice and blended to make a smoothie.  I discuss this in my MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA  BOOK, pages 389-390,  https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/.

I try and freeze enough of it during the summer to last me all winter until the next harvest.

Well, there you have it my latest attempt to keep my legs awake and alive and hope I can get them working again a little to help keep me in good spirits to be…..

……….. ABLE TO BE USEFUL IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING and HIS “LITTLE ONES” A FEW YEARS LONGER!

REMEMBER: 

 GET THE BOOK…..not just for backpackers, but for parents and grandparents who can share the history & legends with your grandchildren, and inspire them to appreciate the wonderful High Uinta Mountains–as good or better then most National Parks!

Send your check in my name for $19.95  along with your email address to:

Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

I will then email you a link to download the two volume book. You are thereafter welcome to share the link with others, but I would appreciate you forwarding to me half of whatever you get for it–maybe it can be a business for you MAKING YOU A MILLIONAIRE–AND ME TOO–FINALLY!  It’s a treasure of updated information, history, legends, hundreds of color photographs, 120 topographical maps with trails and distances marked, and what is needed to 

MAKE MORE ENJOYABLE & SAFE OUR WONDERFUL UINTAS.

I’m not kidding—IT HAS SAVED LIVES!

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UPDATING OF THE COMEBACK “RODEO CLOWN!”

UPDATE AUGUST 4th: Yesterday, August 3rd, I did 6 miles, and now have my sights on, for later this week getting from my home near the CVS Pharmacy on 5th East in American Fork and State St, to the Lone Peak High School in Highland! Should be around 8 miles round trip. I feel incredibly blessed to so far keeping my numb legs awake and actually developing again muscle in my dead right leg and gratefully feeling soreness for the exercise I’m forcing on it!

My Thursday, August 5th, “walk” had me leaving home at about 10:30–a mistake to not having left earlier as it would get up to 97 degrees before I limped home.  I followed my route north up 400 East to Art Dye Park. From there following the walking/bicycle path up the hill to what I  call the “Highland bench.”  After climbing out of Art Dye Park and up on the bench heading north, I could see my goal way to the north–the Lone Peak High School.

I came to the new (Murdock ) Canal road and got all tangled up in construction areas and wasted a ton of energy and finally had to go back to the Canal Road, and out to the North County highway to get to the Lone Peak High School, but finally made it and had my picnic lunch and rest.

Then decided to follow the Highway back home and along the way two policemen stopped saying someone called in about me–so I apparently didn’t look as good as I thought!!! They offered me a ride, but I said I was fine.  Had a nice conversation with Officer Waite & Pablo who wanted my name and birth date–maybe so they could more easily identify the body!  I told them to Google my name and they would learn about my HIGH UINTAS PROJECT.  
Later a nice Latin girl in a Maverick convertible stopped to flirt with me. Both offered me rides so for sure In the first case I didn’t look very good, but in the second almost got kidnapped!

Now at Quail Cove park by the temple and my first shade for a while.  Apparently after a bit of refreshment I fell asleep and shocked when I woke up to see it was 4:00!!!  Down on the corner I found a handsome 15-year-old boy, helped by a little brother and tiny cute real little sister selling snow cones so couldn’t resist helping them and getting more refreshment and congratulated them for working and talked about when I was a 7 year old and started working–always with a job from then on and how it was a blessing in my life and will be in theirs too. I’ll drive back up there every day and hope to find them and be a steady customer. NOTE: I should have taken a photo, and will to insert later if I find them.

It got tough getting home. Along the way all of a sudden a fellow working in his yard stopped me asking if I was on the same walk he saw me on way up by the Murdock Canal road and I said it was and that from there I continued up to Lone Peak High School, and then back to where he stopped me. I told my story about wearing myself out with my UINTA Project and like 7 months ago couldn’t walk but now forcing my legs to keep awake and– like a baby–learning to walk again with my walker (thanks again to PAUL…your gift has changed my life!)…..I continued difficult maneuvering through the road and sidewalk construction down the high school road and……  Finally home by 5 having walked around 9 miles–I felt like I did a few years ago when finishing the International Half Marathon in Coban, Guatemala–that up to 2008 I had done 14 consecutive years competing with the Kenyans!!

My “home” is the tiny funky looking trailer hid behind my son Nephi’s nice trailer, both of us parked alongside my son Jesse’s home in American Fork.

By the way I’ve discarded the walking cane, and learning to walk like a baby, except on my long walks when I use the beautiful walker given to my by my friend Paul.

It’s fascinating to notice how an old 85+ year old taking “BABY STEPS,” ACTUALLY BRAGS ABOUT THOSE “STEPS” — as 7 months ago I couldn’t even walk--now I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude to the Lord for those “steps” and for being able to increase my walking distances (with a walker)! It’s kind of ridiculous I guess, but I’m so thankful for even just a little progress–that for normal people is laughable–but I stopped being normal a long time ago. Maybe I’ve never been normal and rather the DUNDERHEAD & RODEO CLOWN, some called me and my kids related to my more than half century in the Mountains of the Maya-labels about right…..and I LOVE THEM! See the new online book about my life among THE MAYANS where me and my kids were given those labels by “friendly fire” but which wasn’t friendly at all. Scroll down to see details, and learn how we turned the negative labels into fun titles we continue to enjoy–making fun of the critics!

So far I’ve learned that a rest day really sets back this old guy and has me feeling cruddy, so, like they say, 

“NO REST FOR THE WEARY–or was it…….. FOR THE WICKED?” 

I’LL PERSIST AS BEST I CAN “FAKING NOT BEING A CRIPPLE,” AND SEE HOW FAR THIS “COMEBACK” WILL TAKE ME at least by next summer hoping to actually do a little hiking around the fringes of the High Uinta Wilderness.–NO BACKPACKING as my back can’t handle any weight. —

But, at least right now I feel so grateful that I’m actually feeling sore muscles in my legs–the right one especially as since last November it has been DEAD and A FEW MONTHS AGO THE MUSCLE HAD DISAPPEARED–as part of the 32 lbs. of weight loss during the period of the last two back surgeries– & HAD MY LEG REMINISCENT OF THE PICTURES OF THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS!!!!

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WOW….A BABY STEP COMEBACK! — UINTA BOOK NEEDS PROMOTION/MARKETING — THE 68 YEAR MAYA JOURNEY!

 FOR THE DETAILS OF THE  “COMEBACK CHALLENGE” SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LAST POST THAT TELLS THE HISTORY FOR THE LAST 9 MONTHS…..

……from not being able to walk to where I am today.

 MONTAGE BELOW IS A SUMMARY

Now, on July 27 still doing up to 300 yards   daily walking on grass with no walking cane or any kind of devise, including getting on the ground for pushups and standing up on my own!  — From July 14th on  no going to the Supermarket parking lot anymore to use a shopping cart for my daily walking, rather using this wonderful gift from my Reams friend, Paul, and with it  I did 1 mile on the 14th, then on the  15th  2 miles  all at one time, and have increased to 3.6 miles yesterday, and 4 miles today on July 27th.

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PROMOTING & MARKETING THE HIGH UINTAS BOOK

If you know of a business capable of promoting/marketing the book, please contact me:  cordellandersen@hotmail.com

NOTE:  I frankly have not known how to promote it properly, and have to admit I have age problems that now make it difficult if not impossible. I just want it to be promoted properly and get into the hands of those who can appreciate it, blessed by increased enjoyment in the Uintas, and have it continue to SAVE LIVES!

Recent comments about the book:

ONE HIGH UINTAS FRIEND SAID:   “I just wanted to tell you that what you have done making this book is an incredible accomplishment.  Excellent job!  The Uintas are a funny thing, because you spend a lifetime living right next to them (55 years for me) and you rarely use them.  We always seem to follow the crowds and go to Yellowstone or Jackson Hole or Glacier or somewhere like that when we have an incredible gift right in our back yard……….Your book reminded me of the treasure we have here in Utah and I am going to focus my fly fishing/hiking/camping on the the incredible gift we have in the Uinta Mountains and document it on my YouTube channel.  You have inspired me and many others.  Thank you!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVJdvB276yg 

ANOTHER, AMONG MANY THINGS SAID :  “Your most recent email got me thinking about your great book…..I pulled it out and started going through its pages, getting the thrills of its beauty, and began to recall my own experiences in the Uintas……Thanks for all the work you have done to publish this book! I have a physical copy, and I have given my sons and daughters all the thumb drive with this book on. It is full of great information! Best of luck on your trips this [next] year!” 

ANOTHER HIGH UINTA FRIEND RECENTLY SAID:I have your book and it is great!

So if you know of a business capable of promoting/marketing the High Uinta Mountains book, please contact me:  cordellandersen@hotmail.com

In the meantime, you can get the online book clicking on

INFO to decide about the PURCHASE OF THE BOOK 

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NOW TO THE MYSTERIOUS MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA

Finally the BOOK 

A FIFTY YEAR “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” AMONG MY PEOPLE  IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA

It’s finished….I promise.

A COUPLE OF THE FINAL ADDITIONS:

NEW:  page 3:  My 68 year journey really began with a 22 year long 

VISION QUEST 

“It basically taught me that I didn’t want to wait around for life to happen, rather reacted positively to the key spiritual experiences of my life THAT POINTED TO A CAUSE THAT WOULD MAKE ME HAPPY and  SAVE LIVES, and by the end of my QUEST when 22 years old—I decided TO GO FOR IT!
“In most of our lives about everything else that happens to us is BACKGROUND NOISE. But, I strongly suggest to each of you that in the case of this QUEST and HISTORICAL FULFILLMENT: All the innumerable crisis, miracles, dangerous adventures, experimentation, hard work, scary life threatening episodes, frequent coincidences, risky dedication to literally attempt to apply correct principles, and controversial conflicts with powerful people, ARE ALL MORE THAN “BACKGROUND NOISE,” rather KEY PIECES OF THE PUZZLE OF THE ANDERSEN FAMILY LIFE that you have to FOCUS ON CAREFULLY—or YOU WILL MISS THE POINT OF THIS ENTIRE UNIQUE HISTORY. So, read on cautiously with a prayer in your heart so you’ll have a chance of UNDERSTANDING.

NEW:  page 440  Last of all a  HUGE ADDITION to Part 3: MEMORABLE EFFORTS, EVENTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Us Andersen’s were “laughed to scorn” by “friendly fire”— but not friendly at all, for our attempt to help the Mayans, and criticized for  our kids being  “DUNDERHEADS!”  So, the  new CULMINATING item is:

33. OUR GREATEST BLESSING OVER 50 YEARS WAS  OUR “DUNDERHEAD KIDS”  

So, meet the “dunderheads”—all  15 of them!

NEW:  I have recently added  one last key item—a  critical “life or death” one on page 386to  what now is a completed 552 page free online book with well over 1,000 color photographs of…….

 ” THE JUNGLES & MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA  WHERE COLOR WAS INVENTED”

Final words of wisdom from

ALBERT EINSTEIN and the OUTLAW JOSEY WALES!

IMPORTANT: 

 Read the Home page, and then scroll down examining the  first 6 pages & for sure the first 10,  and you will know if it is of your interest to read carefully the entire unique history from  THE HAUNTINGLY MYSTERIOUS LAND OF THE MAYAS

The free print download will have page numbers.

To learn more & access, click on……

The history of the Guatemalan Foundation and the Cordell Andersen family
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A NEW “COMBACK” WITH “BABY STEPS” & A GIFT TO HELP THE COMEBACK — GET THE DIGITAL BOOK TO ENJOY MORE THE UINTAS SAFELY

 THE PRICE OF 2,000+ MILES OF THE HIGH UINTAS WILDERNESS PROJECT & NEVER GIVING IN…..EASILY!

THE BEGINNING IN 2003 AT 67……. to November 2020 at 84–I wore out my back and now unable to walk with a bad back and DEAD RIGHT LEG–the one with the “football ankle” that was reconstructed in 2007 with a tendon transplant & 3 screws, and the “motorcycle knee” rebuilt with titanium in 2008, but still not GIVING IN….EASILY. 

I must add that “I’M HAPPILY PAYING THE PRICE” as I’m not sorry in the least for my 16+ years of exploration in my “Golden Years” in the High Uintas–rather INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL, and would do it all over again–but would focus a little more on keeping my loads “lightweight” as much as possible. See CHAPTER 5 in my book as a guide to do that.

SO, in November 2020, my 3rd back surgery as I basically couldn’t walk anymore

Then another surgery in December 2020–the 4th on my spine!

A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR “LITTLE ANDY!” Walking for the first time in two months!

JANUARY 2021 SETBACKS WITH A COUPLE OF FALLS…

.…and A FRACTURED SPINE!

FROM JANUARY to JUNE 2021 I COULDN’T SIT FOR MORE THAN 1 MINUTE AT MY COMPUTER, THEN HAD TO LAY BACK DOWN TO NOT FEEL PAIN SO MUCH, BUT FINALLY MOSTLY FINISHED MY BOOK, A 50 YEAR “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” AMONG MY PEOPLE IN THE JUNGLES & MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA …….

…… only needing a bit more tweaking with some of the greatest adventures of my life!

ON JUNE 28th DR. FABER PERFORMED A “SPINAL RADIO-FREQUENCY ABLATION” TO HOPEFULLY GIVE ME PAIN RELIEF…..and it helped some but only about 20% effective leaving both legs numb, but I could sit up and work, so on July 16th, 2021 I COMPLETED MY MAYA BOOK with the following last addition on https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

   “I’M GETTING NEGATIVE ALERTS ABOUT MY REPUTATION! THAT’S GOOD NEWS, BECAUSE……..THERE SHOULD BE POSITIVES ONES TOO—FROM  THOSE  TRULY FAITHFUL, LIKE HAROLD BROWN, WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO READ CAREFULLY THE ENTIRE RECENTLY EDITED BOOK & THEN DO SOMETHING!” 

THAT WILL GIVE ME HOPE MY LIFE WAS NOT IN VAIN!

NOTE: Said Maya Project is now in the hands of the Lord & my friends–a few of which hopefully will do something about it. I will now “FADE AWAY” maybe into the High Uintas!

SINCE I DON’T GIVE UP….EASILY! NOW TAKING BABY STEPS TO MAKE ANOTHER COMEBACK….like done in the past. Do you remember? “FAKING…NOT BEING A CRIPPLE!”

Below is a link to  a great review of the HIGH UINTA PROJECT:

#16 COMEBACK Part 5: Challenges….for 10 years!

BABY STEPS….

TWO MILES A DAY AT THE FRESH MARKET PARKING LOT USING SHOPPING CART AS WALKER — WITH A DEAD RIGHT LEG…..HOPING TO FORCE MY LEGS TO COME ALIVE & FUNCTION AGAIN! 

Starting July 7th–NOW WORKING ON LEARNING TO WALK ALL OVER AGAIN WITHOUT A WALKING CANE….

…..at the parks on grass to cushion a fall if it happens…..

…….and learning to fall like a baby does without breaking anything.

Now learning to get back onto my feet with only strength in my left leg.

Then standing up without help of a cane or walking stick.

Next, like a baby, carefully taking steps and learning balance, always remembering my right leg is mostly dead and so step with it stiff or it will collapse and I’ll go down like a rock!  I have now stopped using the walking cane, and learning to do it on my own and walking so far 200 yards/daily, and increasing some every day, in addition to the 2 miles a day with a shopping cart, etc.……

Then on July 13 had a wonderful visit from PAUL, one of my 400 customers, whose names I memorized. from Reams Supermarket in Springville from 2009 to 2012 as a “shopping cart herder,” & “restroom scientist,” and after a several hour visit he gave me a gift to help in my COMEBACK…..

On July 14th no going to the Supermarket for a shopping cart, but I did 1 mile with this wonderful gift. Yesterday, July 15th I did 2 miles from my mobile trailer–home, all at one time, and today did a photo shoot showing how I can also use it to sit for rest stops and a bit of refreshment.

NOTE: I will still daily be doing gradually increasing distances on grass with no walking aids–with my BABY STEPS!

WOW! THANKS, PAUL, for the wonderful gift that will help me in my COMEBACK!

…..IT’S NOT POSSIBLE TO HAVE WEIGHT ON MY BACK, BUT AROUND MY WAIST & I WILL EVENTUALLY BE ABLE TO HIKE SOME….WHICH I WILL CALL MY

2021 COMEBACK IN MY 86th YEAR!

This is not new for me….rather a great tradition of

NOT GIVING IN …… EASILY!  

In the MENU on the home page you can click on Videos and scroll down to find a whole bunch of my COMEBACK VIDEOS–the one mentioned previously a good review of most of the Project. 

GET MY BOOK TO SEE  THE WHOLE STORY & INCREASE YOUR ENJOYMENT OF THE WONDERS OF THE HIGH UINTAS….and do it SAFELY!

NOTE:  A printed book is now very expensive up from what 50 of you paid $140 for, and up from the $170 quoted recently. I will now have to charge $200 or more if I want a small profit.  Best to get the…..

…….digital book for $19.95

If you then want a printed book you can put it on a thumb drive and find a printer of your choice. 

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UPDATE June 9th — PASSES NOW OPEN — GET 83 YEAR HISTORY OF THE BOOK FREE! — then May 27th report — HIGH UINTAS ACCESSIBILITY — The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway & Bald Mountain Pass — The Grandview Trailhead: GATEWAY TO THE GRANDADDIES — Information on acquiring the HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS BOOK —

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The booklet contains an edited-improved version of my presentation at the Utah Valley Historical Society meeting on December 10, 2019

You will enjoy the story & see wonderful glimpses of the MAGNIFICENT HIGH UINTAS

NOW DO YOURSELF A FAVOR & GET THE BOOK!

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The following was the REPORT on May 27th, 2021

REPORTING IS YOUR OLD HIGH UINTA FRIEND, Cordell, NOW IN MY 86th year and slowed down by a “fractured spine,” and struggling to find a way to heal and alleviate the constant pain, and learning to walk with a basically dead right leg. To walk I have to keep it stiff and use a walking stick. If I relax a bit it collapses and I go down like a rock, so my backpacking days seem to be over with.

I have learned to drive with my left leg, so made a trip up the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway yesterday, May 27th, and then headed for Wolfcreek Pass and down to the North Fork of the Duchesne River, then up the GRANDVIEW TRAILHEAD road. I’ll insert a few pictures I took and then comment. For up-to-date information on Mirror Lake Scenic Byway…….call the Kamas Forest Service office at 435-783-4338

BALD MOUNTAIN & end of accessibility to the Pass on May 27th

This was the spot you could get to on Thursday, May 27th–about 1 mile below Bald Mountain Pass. For the Memorial Day weekend, the Forest Service in Kamas says that with warm weather and melting snows, accessibility will move up the highway a bit every day.

As we can see above, LILY LAKE with some ice still, with Mt. Watson and the Notch in the background. A little more open water in LOST LAKE was being fished in by a family on the other side of the highway.

NOW TO WOLF CREEK PASS & THE GATEWAY TO THE GRANDADDIES

WOLF CREEK PASS that has been open for around a month.

So, on Thursday, May 27th, at SPLASH DAM, the gate was closed. One truck was parked there, likely with the driver hiking up the road from there. The road is closed due to a landslide, and the Forest Service reports it likely won’t be opened until about mid-June. To get up-to-date information call the Duchesne Forest Service office, at 435-738-2482

FOR YOUR HIGH UINTA PLANNING ADVENTURES, get my book that has up-to-date information on all the Trailhead areas and lakes, along with the HISTORY, the LEGENDS, and the SURVIVAL STORIES — of those who didn’t make it and WHY, and my 8 survival adventures and WHY I MADE IT BACK TO CIVILIZATION EACH TIME.

SINCE MY BOOK WAS PUBLISHED AND MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE, ONLY ONE HAS DIED DURING THE BACKPACKING SEASON (in 2020)–and HE DIDN’T HAVE MY BOOK. OTHER’S LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED & THE UINTAS MADE MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE & INSPIRING FOR MANY.

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TRIANGLE MOUNTAIN & RECONNAISSANCE LAKE ….
……as a rival to the RED CASTLE SCENE as

” UTAH’S MOST BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR SCENE”

NEW FALL SLOWS…..THE “COMEBACK KID” but MAKES NEW MOVES!!!! REVIEW SINCE CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR’S PROGRESS with a SUMMARY…GIVING CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE… THANKS!….summary from Nov. 13th, 2020 — ONE LAST RISKY SURGERY TO “NOT GIVE IN….EASILY” — with LIFELONG GOALS ACHIEVED documented WITH TWO BOOKS about what I consider “A LIFE WORTH LIVING” — THE HIGH UINTAS & RISKY JOURNEY TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA BOOKS — LINKS TO GET THEM ONE AT DISCOUNTED PRICE & ONE FREE, AS WELL AS THE FREE 83 YEAR HISTORY OF CREATION OF UINTA BOOKLET — INFO TO GET ALL OF THEM, PLUS STORY OF THE DEADLY FALL — MAKE COVID-19 EASY & WINNING the AGE CHALLENGE & ALL HEALTH PROBLEMS

NEW FALL (Jan. 15th)….WHEN RIGHT LEG COLLAPSED WITH ALL MY WEIGHT BENDING MY TITANIUM KNEE ALL THE WAY BACK & LEAVING ME FLAT ON MY BACK SLOWING MY COMEBACK.……

….I WOULD STILL DO MY 2,000+ MILES BACKPACKING ALL OVER AGAIN TO MAKE MY HIGH UINTAS BOOK THE MOST COMPLETE UINTA BOOK IN EXISTENCE! GET IT & YOU’LL SEE WHAT I MEAN!……..BELOW THE REVIEW OF MY NEW CHALLENGE!

FRIDAY NOV. 13th RISKY BACK SURGERY TO PREVENT BEING A CRIPPLE —

Recently my back problems have converted me into a cripple, just barely being able to walk a little with a hiking stick you see in the photograph. It has been getting progressively worse and so I accepted undergoing a “risky” SURGERY.

THE “RISKY” SURGERY ON November 13th, fusing vertebrae in my mid-back, then  had me released a few days later and for a couple of weeks it turned into unending PAIN

 Then back to the clinic, this time in a wheelchair with a hiking staff made by by my son Danny as seen below, and shocked more action with my continual moaning and groaning from pain, followed by another MRI, CT Scan and blood work and another surgery on December 7th, moved quickly to the front of the line that morning:

RELIEF FINALLY CAME…..still  pain but now with improvement every day. X-rays follow:

I missed THANKSGIVING, but hope to be piggy-backed to CHRISTMAS at my daughter Mahana’s home in Provo.  My wonderful kids:  JESSE, NEPHI & MAHANA have kept me alive  along with encouragement from all my children, family and High Uinta/Maya friends.

  THANKS! MAY ALL HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS & WONDERFUL NEW YEARS!

From the movie HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, two innocent children–worlds apart saw Him, and she painted the vision, confirmed by Colton as the real Jesus Christ who he saw during his NDE, who I CELEBRATED ON DECEMBER 25th BY WALKING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MONTHS!

MY CHRISTMAS GIFT WAS TO BE ABLE TO WALK–for the 1st time– FROM JESSE’S CAR TO MAHANA’S HOME FOR OUR FAMILY CHRISTMAS GATHERING!

My son Cordel Ammon “LITO,” on my Facebook page…..scrolling down…. shows–my “EARTHLY MANSION,” seen above as all I have left. I literally did as “As the Rich Young Ruler” was told by the Lord to “GIVE EVERYTHING TO THE WORK OF THE LORD” which I did during my 68 years of serving in Guatemala the “Lord’s little ones,” only retaining this to not be a burden to anyone……which is now parked alongside Jesse’s home in American Fork……..fixed up by Jesse as seen below……

JESSE DOING THE MIRACLE OF FIXING UP THE ENTRANCE TO MY TRAVEL TRAILER (“CABIN-A”) SO I COULD ALONE GET OUT INTO THE WORLD….TO MY WALKER, and MAKE AVAILABLE TO ME THE WHOLE WORLD TO EXPLORE! THANKS JESSE!

NOTE: Notice the rustic stool on the right. It is also seen in my MAYA/GUATEMALA report when I show the first flush toilet and shower room with hot water at the Central House at Valparaiso–the same stool seen in a picture from 40 years ago. I still use it.

INCREDIBLY EMOTIONAL NEW YEARS BECAUSE OF GUATEMALAN BROTHERS & SISTERS & MY FAMILY and U.S. BROTHERS & SISTERS:

For NEW YEAR’S early a phone call came from Guatemala. It was from one of my “TWELVE STRONG” in the Guatemalan Foundation’s COMPLETE FINAL REPORT, Retired Professor Federico Veliz, who I call “THE VOLUNTEER OF ALL VOLUNTEERS who worked as my volunteer partner for 42 years in all of the 33 villages of Santa Cruz Verapaz making it the area of greatest development in my 68 years of dedication to realize “The Impossible Dream!” among THE MAYA in Guatemala. He mentioned many visits from villagers where we built Health Centers, schools, added on classrooms, kitchens, sanitary facilities, even flush toilets and septic tanks, treated hundreds of sick we were able to save, and together underwent death threats, and invitations to join the Guerrillas “or die, “ etc. and that the word had spread to the villages I was unable to walk so Federico and the Mayan Priests and Priestesses got together at their most sacred places and performed rituals to save me. They want me to send a few copies of my book:  A FIFTY YEAR “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” AMONG MY PEOPLE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA.”
It has to be the most emotional and appreciated phone call of my life!!

Here we see in the isolated Pambach Village, two of my TWELVE STRONG, Miguel Max on the left, and Federico Veliz on the right when we agreed to begin 42 years of working together as volunteers to help the Mayan people. It was Federico who first called on NEW YEARS with an emotional message.
This picture of the Mayan Priest from Santa Cruz will have to represent the Mayans performing rituals for my welfare. He is the one who asked for my framed picture of Christ appearing in the Americans anciently, which for him is a perfect representation of their LEGEND OF THE HOLY ONE who appeared to them anciently.

Federico’s call was followed by another NEW YEARS call, from my volunteer representative from Guatemalan’s Central Highlands (Patzicia), retired Professor Humberto Xicay, with whom I worked as a brother for 32 years. He gave me a 2nd emotional and appreciated message: He had heard that I was becoming a cripple, unable to walk and needed help. They immediately got together and had a special Mass said in my name in their Church, and on that day, January 1 at 5:00 PM another Mass would be done in my name. My brother Humberto is seen below……THANKS, HUMBERTO, & ALL MY BROTHERS & SISTERS FROM PATZICIA.

THEN COMES MANY FROM MY FAMILY WHO REMEMBERED ME IN THEIR PRAYERS…..A SMALL PORTION OF THEM SEEN BELOW AT THE SEPTEMBER 2020 LAKE POWELL REUNION….A LOVING THANKS TO ALL…..

.…….and I must remember my dear friend GARTH NORMAN & his BEAUTIFUL WIFE, CHERYL, who put my name on the LDS AMERICAN FORK TEMPLE PRAYER ROLL

Above you see me with GARTH in 2017 speaking to my beloved brothers & sisters at VALPARAISO.

I deeply appreciated the two NEW YEAR’S CALLS and the thought and prayers of my many Guatemalan/Mayan brothers and sisters, and my many family & High Uinta Friends & especially to the Lord–all helping and making possible me walking again–still very hard and difficult……but I’m getting better with the use of a special hiking stick made by my son Danny. Thanks Danny. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE HIGH UINTA TRAILS SUMMER 2021!

I was also blessed with finally being able to lose 30+ extra pounds, and be now at my weight when we made THE RISKY…..JOURNEY TO THE JUNGLES & MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA in 1967!

NOW THE ADDED CHALLENGE OF JAN. 15th WITH A NEW FALL…BUT COMING BACK ALREADY! BUT IT LOOKS LIKE I STILL NEED YOUR PRAYERS….PLEASE!

However it works out, I have achieved the impossible dreams” since my youth, both with a prime objective of SAVING LIVES! You can see the entire MAYA/GUATEMALA book on your computer, going to: https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/ To download a printable version, click on, A FIFTY YEAR “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” AMONG MY PEOPLE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA. Go to the website for info on acquiring a PRINT BOOK, or thumb drive.

For my book THE HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS: A Complete Guide to High Adventure in UTAH”S ALPINE WONDERLAND, all the information follows below:

NOTE: to avoid the confusion some had with the previous sales system, and to avoid having to increase the price, the sales system will now be direct with me, as follows:

To purchase the DIGITAL book, send your email address and check for $15.95 to. The discounted price will continue until May 2021.

Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, UT 84003

On receipt of your check I will immediately email you a link with which you can download the book to your computer. The link will be good for one week, so don’t delay downloading the book.

If you are interested in having the THUMB DRIVE with the book, plus The 83 Year History of the Evolution of the Book, and my Checkered Autobiography send me a check for $25 and I will immediately send to your address the thumb drive.

If you are interested in having a PRINTED BOOK –in two volumes for $150, email me your sure interest and I will put you on a list. When at least 10 are on the list, I will advise you so you can send me your check, and on its receipt, I will ship you your book. You might have to wait a long while for that list to be completed. If you don’t want to wait, send me your check for $170 and I will have it printed and shipped immediately–usually taking a week.

My email: cordellandersen@hotmail.com

YOU GET IN THE BOOK OVER 1,600 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS LIKE THE FEW THAT FOLLOW

For Utah Valley Historical Society fans, seeing my PIONEER TIMBER SLIDES video–the September presentation of the Society, and might have questions, my email is: cordellandersen@hotmail make sure and put as subject: Timber slides or similar.

In the BOOK learn all about BEAUTIFUL MUSHROOMS in the High Uinta Mountains

My TRAIL BUDDIES, growing up NOW ALL THREE TOGETHER ON KINGS PEAKiSAAC, NORA, & GRACE all kids of one great father, JAKE HIRSCHI, who is bringing up his children to be strong, self-reliant and up to all the important challenges of life. See my book, pages 75, 256, 386-389 WHAT–YOU DON’T HAVE THE BOOK? Scroll down for full information: DIGITAL, THUMB DRIVE, & PRINT VERSION For DIGITAL click on that.
BEAUTIFUL TRIANGLE MOUNTAIN & RECONNAISSANCE LAKE, RIVAL TO RED CASTLE AS “THE MOST INCREDIBLE OUTDOOR SCENE” off trail in the Rock Creek Drainage. See THE BOOK for other views & info.

A GEOLOGIC NATURAL WONDERLAND- 1,620 full color photos THE ONLY SUCH BOOK IN THE WORLD!

I’ll add another WOW photo every couple of days. Get the book and have all of them!

A GIFT — FREE & INSPIRING

Click on the following link – 83 YEAR HISTORY to see it & download it to your computer:

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The booklet contains an edited-improved version of my presentation at the Utah Valley Historical Society meeting on December 10, 2019

You will enjoy the story & see wonderful glimpses of the MAGNIFICENT HIGH UINTAS

THEN DECIDE IF YOU WANT

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTAS

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What the book promotes saved 4 lives in the 2019 season & so far in 2020 one DEATH. He didn’t have my book to guide him.

THE BOOK WILL TELL YOU SIMPLY WHAT WE ALL HAVE TO DO–EVEN ON A DAY HIKE–TO NOT BECOME A TRAGIC STATISTIC.  

LET THE BOOK BLESS YOUR LIFE & THAT OF YOUR LOVED ONES! 

It’s the only book with updated information on all the lakes of the High Uintas, the only book with color photos1,620 of them, 120 color topographical maps with routes, distances, and labels for each official and unofficial Trailhead area of the HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS, the only book on the Uintas with sprinkled throughout the fascinating HISTORY, the incredible LEGENDS, and the LIFE SAVING SURVIVAL STORIES.

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A CONFESSION:

I have been inactive for several months in my 85th year with three problems I’ll tell you about:

1.  On May 11th on an exploratory trip to be able to report to you the accessibility conditions I took THE WORST FALL OF MY LIFE THAT SHOULD HAVE KILLED ME.  Let me describe it for the survival lessons it teaches, I quote: 

“I decided for the report on my website I should include pictures of a wildflower in bloom at the lower elevations.  I noticed some in bloom up a steep slope and pulled off the road.  I’d been behind the wheel for an hour or so and as I started up the slope I felt very unsteady with awful balance.  I even strangely thought, “Wow, I could use a hiking stick or trekking pole!”  That I have resisted all these years as usually I had in my hands my camera, or my munchies.  But, I finally got up to the flower, and on the uneven steep slope with rocks and sagebrush, each time I’d try and focus I would lose my  balance, so sat down to get the picture.

Then I started down, but completely forgetting what I have advised going down a steep slope” ALWAYS LEAN INTO THE MOUNTAIN…because if you fall the OTHER WAY, YOU’RE MOST LIKELY DEAD!”  See pages 563-564 of my book. All of a sudden I began losing my balance–one of the first things you begin to lose as you get older.  I did my darndest with me feet to keep up with my body but couldn’t do it as all was happening so quickly and all of a sudden I went head over heels flying downward, apparently hitting the rocks a time or two I determined afterwards seeing the deep dirt and green scuff marks on the back of my shirt, then somehow quite miraculously my body got twisted around in the air–that saved me, before I hit the bottom so I landed with a thud on my back horizontally with the shock evenly distributed the length of my body.  If I had of hit on any angle I would for sure have broke something.  I laid there stunned thinking, “For sure there’s got to be  multiple fractures somewhere–MAYBE EVERYWHERE!”  I carefully moved one leg, then the other. Then each arm.  I raised my head just a little, and then more.  By then I was feeling warm blood on the back of my head.  My left arm shirt sleeve was  soaked with blood.  I carefully sat up, and slowly got to my feet, and noticed nearby my Nikon camera with Zoom lens that separate from me somehow had come down the steep hill with me, dirty with dust, but back in the car I checked it out, and it too had survived without breaking anything.  My first thought, I stupidly had violated the rule and NOT LEANED INTO THE MOUNTAIN.  The second thing that came to mind:  VERY LIKELY MY BACKPACKING DAYS ARE OVER WITH, BUT I WAS ALIVE! Thirdly, once again the supplements I promote in my “Anti-Aging Challenge” chapter in Appendix 5, primarily: Magnesium/Calcium and others, saved my body from any kind of fractures. I mention in the book Dr. Jackson saying, after my hip replacement surgery.

“Your bones are the hardest we’ve ever seen!” WHY? see Appendix 5

IMPORTANT NOTE: As indicated in the story of my fall, BALANCE is one of the first things we lose as we get older, and I’m convinced that some of those who have been lost in the Uintas and never found, very possibly–in the numerous dangerous places in the Uintas have just simply lost their balance as happened to me, and fallen into a ravine, or out of sight area, and are never found.

Like famous Australian backpacker ERIC ROBINSON doing the Highline Trail and disappeared for 5 years, before his bones were finally found at the bottom of a cliff–HE UNDOUBTEDLY LOST HIS BALANCE TRYING TO GET BACK TO THE HIGHLINE TRAIL, AFTER SOMEHOW GETTING WAY OFF COURSE. See pages 156-159 for all the details.

SO PLEASE….BE VERY AWARE AND TAKE SPECIAL CAUTION, especially in the first few days on a trip–until you get your “mountain legs working,” & IN DANGEROUS PLACES…..AND IF YOUR BALANCE IS LESS THAN NORMAL, I GUESS YOU’LL HAVE TO USE TREKKING POLES.

2.  Consequently my back problems that were already bad–having had two surgeries with titanium appliances in my lower back,  but now worse, with discs  worn out and missing in my mid back, my spinal chord being pinched in those locations and the Doctors feel at my age and the nature of the problems its too dangerous to repair with surgery.  The Dr. injected something into my spine, but its doing almost NOTHING! Consequently NO MORE BACKPACKING, JOGGING, but NOT GIVING IN YET–I’m doing daily my 40-50 good pushups, flexibility exercises, an 8 lb. barbell in each hand while watching TV, and walking every day at the American Fork Amphitheater park, climbing up and down holding onto the railing, and will……

……. somehow find a way to again do “the impossible!”

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3.  I had a chance to be exposed to COVID-19, and except for my back, am in better health than others my age so I decided best build up my immunity now, so….

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“BRING IT ON WHILE STILL HEALTHY.” 

When my blood pressure indicated something was going south in my body I started the CURATIVE LEVEL OF MY WELLNESS FORMULA,

The next day the blood pressure was solved, then had one day later with a temperature of  99.1 F, then one day at 99.9 then always normal. No body pains nor breathing problems, only daily headaches and my taste turned on end for three weeks with even my favorite foods and drinks being NASTY!  But mostly my life continued normally, the normal flu–had years ago before discovering the WELLNESS FORMULA, was many times more miserable & dangerous. YOU CAN HAVE THE WELLNESS FORMULA by buying my book, it being explained in Appendix 5 in the article entitled “THE ANTI-AGING CHALLENGE,” on page 635-636, along with solutions to most problems in the 55 page article, and my survival stories sprinkled throughout the book that can SAVE YOUR LIFE!

THE KEYS TO BEATING COVID-19 & ALL HEALTH PROBLEMS?

HEALTHY WEIGHTEXERCISE

BE AT PEACE

STUDY MY “ANTI-AGE CHALLENGE” IN APPENDIX 5,

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Chapter 5: “LIGHTWEIGHT, JOYFUL & SAFE BACKPACKING”

CRATER LAKE, Utah’s and the Uinta’s deepest lake=147 ft. deep, with brook & tiger trout, and planted in 2019 with SPLAKE, invites you to come and have a wonderful WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE. My book will give you all the details & topographical maps of how to get to this exotic spot–never pictured before in any HIGH UINTAS GUIDE BOOK.

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UINTAS OPEN — SEE THE GRANDVIEW TRAILHEAD “Gateway to the Grandaddies,” & MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY AREA including THE HIGHLINE TRAILHEAD & more……

I HAVE GRATEFULLY LEARNED THAT WHAT MY BOOK PROMOTES SAVED AT LEAST 4 LIVES WE KNOW ABOUT LAST YEAR. LET’S DO IT AGAIN IN 2020!

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PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR HAVING FAILED SO FAR TO MAKE AVAILABLE AS PROMISED:

THE GUIDE FOR DOING THE HIGHLINE TRAIL ……with information on short detours to see the most scenic spots in the Uintas & for fishing information, but I have now been struggling for going on 3 weeks with CORVID-19 as well as struggling with my back pain that is making me a cripple-made worse a month ago when on an exploratory trip in the Uintas taking by far the worst fall of my life–THAT SHOULD HAVE KILLED ME, but it has made much worse my back problems!

I HOPE TO GET IT DONE ALONG WITH SAFETY TIPS DURING JULY. In the meantime get my book to help in your planning.

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“THE GATEWAY TO THE GRANDADDIES”

The road along the North Fork of the Duchesne River is in great shape, and past Defa’s Dude Ranch the gate is open to drivce up Hades Canyon you see here, with Lightning Ridge crossing the picture. No sign of snow.
Up to the Splash Dam there is no sign of snow, with the road in good shape.
In the vecinity of the GRANDVIEW TRAILHEAD there is a little snow along the road, but the road is dry.
On Thursday, June 11th there were three or four vehicles in the upper parking lot.
Here’s a view of the Register, with entries from June 3 on mentioning having had to deal with lots of snow. One entry on June 11th lists a party of 4 going for two nights to Fern Lake.
For sure this weekend of June 12th, Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th the parking lot will fill up with day hikers and backpackers. GOOD LUCK & let me know how you do. Above I’m on the East Grandaddy Mountain saddle, viewing Grandaddy Lake and the Basin.

NOW ON TO THE MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY

Here we see the PROVO RIVER FALLS . All the lower areas along the Highway are open with campers here and there, and all the minor trailheads in the lower country are open.
Here is a rough panorama of both sides of the CRYSTAL LAKE TRAILHEAD with a lot of cars as you can see.
This is TRIAL LAKE at the entrance to the Crystal Lake Trailhead area, with NOTCH PASS in the right distance, pretty well free of snow.
Here we are on 10,759 foot high BALD MT. PASS, with snow here and there, and still no access to the Trailhead and parking lot.
Here we are coming down into the Mirror Lake area with Hayden Peak on the left center, and Mt. Agassiz on the right.
We are here at the Hayden Peak Overlook, with Moosehorn Lake in the foreground.
We are seeing a portion of Mirror Lake with Bald Mountain in the background. There were a couple of cars in the Mirror Lake Trailhead parking lot.
Further along we swing by Pass Lake and then on the left is the entrance to the Pass Lake Trailhead.
Then we come to the entrance to the HIGHLINE TRAILHEAD, with just a little snow on the road to the parking lot, but it will be gone by tomorrow, but the lot was filling up when I dropped by on Friday.
The TRAILHEAD has an addition as those of you familiar with it will notice. It is a new register.
This was the register in 2019 and before, usually just a few pages ripped out of a notebook. I never could figure out why the Trailhead of THE MOST IMPORTANT TRAIL IN ALL OF UTAH….THE “HIGHLINE TRAIL” was so humiliated!
I tried to remedy that in 2019 by fixing up a register and gifted it to the Forest Service, as you can see above, with pages I photocopied filling it as seen below.
Well, something finally happened….A NEW VERY NICE REGISTER.
The FOREST SERVICE changed very appropriately the cover photo, but I was pleased to find my loose-leaf binder now put to use and filled up with great pages for maybe the first time in history.
A few trips have been attempted, like one to PACKARD LAKE which is at a lower elevation and likely accessible without too much snow in the way. The Naturalist Basin, and points further east might be a little more difficult now, but when I came back by on Friday, the parking lot was filling up with adventurers. LET ME KNOW HOW YOU DO.
Then down to the North Slope seeing magnificent OSTLER PEAK, and the road to Christmas Meadows and the Christmas Meadows/Stillwater Trailhead.
OSTLER PEAK & SPREAD EAGLE MOUNTAIN.
The TRAILHEAD is about 5 miles from the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway.
Quite a bit of activity as the Trailhead is in lower country, but with trails to the Amethyst Basin, and to Middle Basin with Ryder & McPheeter Lakes, and to West Basin with Lake Kersuh. I would suspect there would be quite a bit of snow in the high country still.
Last of all about 100 yards in on the Whitney Road, is found what was once a magnificent display on the HILLIARD FLUME. It’s a story I tell in my book, about the tie hackers, and all of such displays would be more than worthwhile replacing….HINT, HINT!

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