HAS THE OLD EXPLORER/MOUNTAIN MAN FINALLY EXPIRED?

Certainly looks that way!

It was bound to happen, and he always quoted Jonathan Dorn who said:

“DEATH BE NOT BORING–I’VE LIVED WELL, I’VE ADVENTURED WIDELY, I WILL NOT DIE POORLY!” 

 His dreams listed his #1 option as 

Backpacking in the Uintas!

His ashes to be spread between Kings Peak and Guatemala.

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In recent years many he met on the trail  learned about his:

BOOK–of all High Uintas books

They all advised him:   

“GET TO IT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!”

Did he pay attention to the advise?

We are happy to announce that he did, and 

the e-book is now finished, except for the index, and updating the information on all the 650+ lakes with the Division of Wildlife Resources–both of which will be accomplished in January 2019.

THE BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE BY SPRING.

The E=BOOK  is a literal

Encyclopedia of the Uinta Mountains

677 pages long, but won’t fill-up the shelf in your library rather just occupy a little space on your computer–unless you decide to print it yourself which you can easily do–and to save printer ink, just do it in black & white and see the colors on your computer, or just print those pages of most interest, like for an adventure you are planning in the Uintas–especially important the topographical maps with routes plotted and distances inserted.  

The 93 articles covering History, Legends, & Survival Stories, with others in the Appendix–will sometimes have you smile, sometimes  give you a good laugh,  sometimes have tears fill your eyes, but will  always inspire and fill your heart with gratitude to the Creator for having given us this magnificent  swath of beauty we call THE UINTAS. 

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The easily understood 

Rules to Avoid Tragedy &   Enjoy Safely your adventures

 are worth their weight in gold and  will have your 

         ADVENTURES COME ALIVE & WILL SAVE  LIVES--MAYBE YOUR LIFE! 

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Oh, and by the way, Little Andy, hasn’t expired……yet! 

So, I’m  still alive and  doing my darndest to 

NEVER GIVE IN, NOR GIVE UP…. ……Easily!

I’ve  had one heck of a time with a bit of lower back-left buttock pain, but mostly solved increasing my intake of cod liver oil, plus gradually strengthening the right muscles with special sit-ups daily with an 8 lb. barbell in each hand, plus of course flexibility exercises, 40-50 complete push ups–rather than the tons of phony ones I used to do, and my  daily hikes with a 35 lb. backpack–now, with the cold, done at the Fitness Center in American Fork. 

I am having  one difficult time overcoming chronic bronquitis that hit me  last winter, and persisted through the summer making high altitude a special problem–as explained in previous posts, but gradually being overcome  once again I’m helped with increased intake of cod liver oil, plus an extreme version of my  Wellness Formula explained in the Anti-Aging Challenge articlewith an updated version, now with photographs in the Appendix of the book.

Signs of progress are positive, even though the Dr. says there is no cure, rather just ways of managing it–but one way or another I will be backpacking during the 2019 season, after the book is published, and, being en e-book–I will be able to update it with a couple of three explorations in the Uintas that are pretty ambitious. DON’T COUNT ME OUT YET!

 I’ll say no more for right now, but updates will first be posted this summer on this website.  

        HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE TRAIL IN 2019

IN MY 84th YEAR.           

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2018 PLANS FOR THIS OLD BACKPACKER!

SORRY ABOUT BEING SLOW TO GET THIS REPORT OUT!

I had big planes for this summer, I’ve been dreaming about and planning all Winter & Spring, all my 16 year HIGH UINTAS WILDERNESS PROJECT crowned hopefully in

August by doing the entire …….

…….–all the way to near Flaming Gorge, plus extras for 126 miles.

But my earlier “EXPERIMENTAL TRIP” showed some problems with my pulmonary capacity & High Altitude Sickness, due to 3 months of bronchitis during the winter….with some aspects that have persisted.

But I’ve also suffered from hay fever that for the first time in my life has been a real killer, plus still struggling to recover from my 2017 back surgeryand, some would say me being in my 83rd yearwhich isn’t as bad as it sounds, as 

I’m actually only 82 years old.

But, it all adds up to backpacking not being as enjoyable as in past years……but, I’m working at it and still might surprise a few people, with hopes of doing a couple of backpacks in August when the mosquitoes are gone….and seeing how it goes:

DOING THIS EVERY DAY, plus…

Today, July 7, 2018 hiking around town with a 40 lb. load, and when

offered money or a ride, I yell at them:

“THANKS, but I’m not an old homeles guy, but an eccentric millionaire out getting his life giving exercise!”

The hoped for  backpacks will be:

1.  A 3-4 day backpack up Main Fork, finishing explorations of the tie hackers, and getting to HELL’S HOLE BASIN.

Then, if that goes well, do:

2. A 4 day backpack to NATURALIST BASIN…..

Depending on how they go….I’ll see what more can be realistically done, but all the rest of my time DEDICATED TO WRITING …..

THE MOST UNIQUE HIGH UINTAS BOOK IN EXISTENCE.

 

Called, “BAD ASS” on BYU RADIO!!!!

NOTE:  There were apparently a couple of negative reactions to the “Bad Ass” label thinking it was a bit “crude” ….. so for your information here is one positive interpretation by the one who should know….as she ran the show:
ONE POSITIVE REACTION –

Cordell, you deserved the praise. Thanks again for coming on the show!”

Julie Rose, Host

https://www.byuradio.org/episode/e7b87e9c-1bb7-4f4d-8d8a-c9908bcd3f0d/top-of-mind-with-julie-rose-the-making-of-a-psychiatrist-hiking-culture-panel

Thanks Julie for making it clear that in the jargon of outdoor people today the label was a positive one of “praise”

CHECKING THE REASONABLE CAPABILITY OF AN OLD GUY IN HIS 83rd YEAR

I’ve been known to be stubborn…….

and admit being OLD & HALF WORN OUT……

BUT INSIST I’M NOT STUPID–with the half of me that still works pretty good capable of more than you could imagine!

But being in my 83rd year,  and the 16th  of my HIGH UINTAS WILDERNESS PROJECT, is reason to be cautious….but it got complicated this past winter with 3 months lost in my conditioning with a bad case of BRONCHITIS….with remnants still hanging around, and a reduction in my pulmonary capacity.

My heart passed the STRESS-TREADMILL ordeal with flying colors, but with 

 the problems I’ve had in recent years with 

HIGH ALTITUDE SICKNESS……need to be careful.

So this week I will be checking out just how much I can accomplish by spending half of the week of June 4th   in the BALD MOUNTAIN PASS area in my  trailer you see above  in the  parking lot.

I’ll be doing the following hourly:

 Checking frequently my BLOOD PRESSURE & PULSE

And…most importantly checking the oxygen level in my blood with my oximeter that now goes everywhere with me in the High Country.

  The count should  be 90 or above.  If it dips, I rest a bit until my  body normalizes.  If it gets low and won’t normalize that could bring on High altitude Sickness, the only solution is 

GO DOWN TO A LOWER ELEVATION.

SURVIVAL IN THE HIGH COUNTRY…the 1st RULE:

  Let people know specifically where you’re going

Monday, June 4th:  Drive to Bald Mountain Trailhead parking lot, check vitals, then CLIMB MT. BALDY, 11,943 ft. checking at every rest stop my vitals–especially focusing on how my reduced pulmonary capacity responds to high altitude.

Tuesday, & Wednesday – June 5th & 6th:  If all went well with the climb, do a little backpacking from the Pass Lake Trailhead, hiking .5 miles to  Scout Lake (10,387 ft.), then about another mile to Lofty Lake (10,888 ft.), and spending the night trying out a new system to reduce load–using my new Bivy Sack, that I’ll report on in a week with photos.

From Lofty Lake, I will drop down to Kamas Lake and return to the Trailhead    by Wednesday afternoon having done 4 miles of  backpacking.

 I will  return to civilization Wednesday to see the 3rd NBA Finals game, and evaluate the results of being at medium altitude and then plan accordingly the rest of the backpacking season.

If it seems reasonable, smart and enjoyable, I will do two more   backpacks in June:  To Hell’s Hole & then to much higher Naturalist Basin.……then evaluate what might be wise for July, all with the hope of in August doing the entire HIGHLINE TRAIL from Hayden Pass to near Flaming Gorge.

MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY OPEN — GRANDVIEW TRAILHEAD ROAD….hopefully by May 26th

MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY OPEN

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THE HADES CANYON ROAD TO THE  GRANDVIEW TRAILHEAD 

Hopefully will be open by the Memorial Day weekend

Road open to Splash Dam

Above here there was one avalanche that has snow on the road still.  The Forest Service  will work on getting that cleared and road open by the weekend.  

No one from the Forest Service has hiked up the trail to the Grandaddies….as of today–Monday, May 21st.

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If you happen to be the first up the trail, send me a report and some fotos..PLEASE

ACCESSIBILITY #1 Wolf Creek Pass–No.Fork of Duchesne River–Grandview TH & Mirror Lake Byway

On April 22 (2018) made my first exploratory/accessibility trip into the Western High Uintas.

WOLF CREEK PASS IS OPEN AS YOU CAN SEE  BELOW IN SEVERAL PHOTOGRAPHS

Wolf Creek Pass and the “Gateway to the Grandaddies” at the  Grandview Trailhead are both at approximately the same elevation, which sort of indicates what the snow depth would be at the Trailhead.

We have come down from the pass to the Canyon of the North Fork of the Duchesne River — which canyon we see below, with  basically no snow in sight.

The North Fork of the Duchesne River is as low as I have ever seen it.

Above we are looking up at Hades Canyon.  The road to the GRANDVIEW TRAILHEAD  is still closed.  A Forest Service worker 10 days ago drove the road and got to the Splash Dam, but with 3 large trees across the road, plus some rock slides.   They will work at getting that cleared up, but at Splash Dam there is still too much snow, so it will be a while before  the road will be open to the Trailhead.   As soon as there is further developments, I’ll let all know.

THE MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY — SR-150

At 14 miles from Kamas there is a barrier with a large sign explaining that there is no maintenance during the winter, and the road is closed…..but half the highway is open for snowmobilers and others.  On April 22nd I was able to drive 6 more miles where cars with trailers, etc. were parked as seen below.

With the warm weather, this stopping point will gradually move up the canyon. According to the Forest Service in Kamas, there is no specific date scheduled to clear and open up the highway, so the official statement is:

“The Scenic Byway will be open sometimes between Memorial Day and July 4th.”

I will immediately advise of anything more specific.

In the meantime, I will continue my workouts in hopes of being ready for  backpacking in my 83rd year, with a couple of warm-up backpacks in June & another couple in July, and hope to be ready for doing in August the entire HIGHLINE TRAIL from the Hayden Pass Trailhead to its actual end (or beginning) on highway 191 from Vernal to Flaming Gorge — 106 miles, plus extras as I follow the spine of the Uinta Mountains, for a total of around 126 miles.

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