YouTube videos below….
SPEECH ON APRIL 22nd, 6:30 PM Coalville, Utah – Summit County Courthouse
“My love affair with the High Uintas–Its Mysterious Past & Present”
DONE…ONE GREAT EXPERIENCE IN COALVILLE!
YouTube Coalville Speech:
Love of outdoors…Checkered history….Introduction to Uintas…40 year detour among Mayans…2003 High Uintas Project born…27 day expedition…Beautiful Summit County…..Uinta’s Tie Hacker culture discovered….Ghost towns
Exploring the “liveliest if not the most wicked town in America” ghost town….Gold Hill, flumes, artefacts….Mysterious Middle Fk. of Blacks Fk…..Suicide Park….“Most beautiful mountain scene in Utah!”….Glitches along the trail & repairs….“NEVER GIVE IN…..!”.…Faking it! … New life….NO PAIN!….Making a comeback…amazing statements about the incredible High Uintas!
Survival “musts:” Sat phone, SPOT Tracker, maps — Carter Road, Butch Cassidy — a “mountain of gold” found! — First white men to see Uintas — Jed Smith — Tie Hackers — Lost Rhoades Mine — Big Foot…SEEN! &
“MY MOST AMAZING OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE!”
All of this & more…….
Backpacking alone? Stalking pace…Flume…Maps…Lightweight backpacking….Just eat fish? … Water purification…
…..BEAR protection…Make warning shots count!
KSL Outdoors Radio –-Click on PODCAST of the interview, Saturday, April 12th
Forgive me for having the link to the wrong podcast for a few days. GOT IT NOW! At about 6:10 AM…..Note: Excuse me for the poor quality of sound from my cell phone, and hoarse, raspy voice–likely because I spoke too loud–sorry! But I think it is understandable.
click here to see PHOTO/ESSAY:
SAVED THE WORLD….COULDN’T SAVE MYSELF!
Part I: 64 pages (eventually a book)
My 22 year “VISION QUEST”
Inserted below is the title page..click on it to enlarge.
If the above link doesn’t work for you, click below to go to the Page:
Scroll down to see highlighted in light yellow:
PHASE II OF PREPARATION FOR BACKPACKING
THE DREAM BACKPACKS FOR 2014-2015
Each of the 14 plus the “LAST GASP TRIP” with
IMPORTANT COMMENTS, and
TOPO MAPS and ELEVATION PROFILES
All systems are GO!
Darren & Ryan McMichael, and Tyler & Tom Summerhays…and the old guy…easy to see why in my football pursuits as a youth I was called “Little Andy”
Now, with no excuses anymore, as hopefully everything has been replaced by titanium, transplants, held together with screws, reconstructed, or removed–except my brain, I have come up with an incredible list of 14 backpacks I still want to do. They follow below inserted by trip numbers into a Google Earth view of the Uintas, followed by the numbered trips with important details, photographs, topo maps and elevation profiles, along with a re-issuing of my 2012 PREPARE YouTube videos, with links to two of them at the end of this post. The 3rd one: Gear & Backpacking Food will be re-done with important changes in key backpacking equipment for 2014.
That has the good folks of American Fork, Utah stopping and offering me handouts assuming I’m homeless with everything I own on my back, or they say “Are you alright? (I’ll admit I must look pretty bad!) Could we give you a ride?”
I finally got a shot of this happening (04/07/14). A white van slowed and almost stopped as it passed me. Then from down the street it came backing up and stopped opening the door, with these good kids offering me a ride.
I tell them, exaggerating and fibbing a lot, saying, “I’m an eccentric millionaire….not a weird old guy!” I then give them a business card and mention my HIGH UINTAS WILDERNESS PROJECT explaining, “I’m doing my darnedest to make good on my dreams in my 79th, & 80th year, to get it all done–and if I’m still alive by then I’ll come up with a NEW DREAM LIST,”…..…a prime one already added at the very end of this post entitled “The Last Gasp Backpack!”
So, along with my urban backpacking, jogging, and in May, as explain below, mountain climbing, I go to the railroad two blocks from where my Cabin trailer is parked in American Fork, and work on getting my balance on track (pun intended). As an old guy the first few times I could only take a step or two before falling, but by the end of the 50 yards I could do up to 15 steps, and the next time 20 without losing my balance, now up to 40, etc. I’ll do this every other day and hope to get my balance back so I won’t fall into a ravine and have happen to me what probably was the end of Australian backpacker, Eric Robinson, in 2011 who has never been found in his backpack across the High Uintas Wilderness. I’ll keep working on KEEPING ALIVE and take all the precautions Eric ignored!
but I’m just not ready yet to accept the other option.
I have already climbed Cascade Mt., Provo Peak, Y-Mountain, and, above Maple Flats, what I call Maple Mt. Remaining in this area to be climbed is Squaw Peak, and the two Buckley Mountains. between Provo and Springville. These comprise the Seven Peaks that years ago was to be a recreational area , but now reduced to a water park by that name in Provo.
I will make each an overnight backpack to break-in new equipment, and to test my physical abilities, and get stronger. Those two will be followed by an overnight backpack to Maple Flats exploring the pathway of the pioneer timber-slide down to Provo’s foothills, as mentioned in one of my Comeback YouTube videos. I will report on these efforts that will start as Spring begins to turn the Wasatch Mountains green For these overnight hikes I will begin using my SPOT Personal Tracker and post links here.
Note: Actually I’ve already started once a week doing a fairly long hike up canyons near American Fork, that lead towards Mt. Timpaganogos, recording with camera the birth of spring in the Wasatch.
Then on June 1st, when Skycall Satellite and Russ Smith will deliver to me the satellite phone for the backpacking season, I will move to the fringes of the High Uintas to do research and exploration, especially in the far eastern end of the Uinta Mountains at Dinosaur National Monument, and the famous Butch Cassidy outlaw hideout at Browns Park, until the thaw permits beginning my schedule as outlined below.
I will persist as best I can and hopefully continue getting stronger
“PICKING UP THE PACE, LENGTHENING MY STRIDE &
STRETCHING THE DISTANCES!”
Here you see me on East Fork Pass with 13,219 Mt. Lovenia in the background, which I will likely climb during my Trip #12 through this magnificent area that shows the spine of the High Uintas like nowhere else.