UPDATE 4/3/22: WAY UP GROVE CANYON — “VISIONS OF NATURE” blossoming/being REVEALED — Tour of the HIGH UINTA WILDERNESS continues — to HELL’S HOLE BASIN & discovering “The UNSUNG HEROES without whom THE WEST WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN WON”

UP GROVE CANYON AGAIN–THIS TIME GOING FARTHER THAN I EVER THOUGHT I WAS CAPABLE OF…..THANKS BE TO THE LORD!
OREGON GRAPE one of the first plants brightening our hills and mountains.
THIS ONE WAS TOO BIG TO TAKE HOME & PROCESS–IT WAS THE WHOLE MOUNTAIN SIDE!
LOOKS PRETTY BARREN STILL, BUT ZOOMING IN WE SEE SIGNS OF LIFE!

FOR ME UNENDING MARVELOUS…..

“VISIONS OF NATURE”

WE’LL TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS ONE EACH WEEK TO SEE HOW IT DEVELOPS.

LAST WEEK I GOT TO THE FACE OF THE MOUNTAIN WHERE YOU SEE WAY BELOW US A WINDING TRAIL RIGHT CENTER…..AND FELT GREAT SO KEPT CREEPING UP THE MOUNTAIN!

I GOT TO WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE TRAIL GOING UP TO THE V SHAPE IN THE CANYON WHERE THERE ARE WATERFALLS, THEN A BENCH WITH A PLAQUE ABOUT SOMEONE WHO LOST THEIR LIFE UP HERE YEARS AGO, THEN A BRIDGE, & INTO THE ASPENS…..I’LL GET TO THEM SOON! A YEAR AGO WHEN I COULDN’T WALK, I WOULD HAVE NEVER BELIEVED I’D BE BLESSED WITH DOING SO MUCH–EVEN THOUGH ADMITTING IT IS ISN’T EASY!

WE NOW CONTINUE OUR TOUR OF THE HIGH UINTA WILDERNESS, following the descriptions in the book pages 175-176.

GET THE ONLINE BOOK SO YOU’LL HAVE MUCH MORE DETAIL, INCLUDING TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS.

To get an online copy of this book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTASsend me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. Or, send $25 for a thumb drive that will have the book, plus The History of it’s creation as detailed in a speech I gave at the Utah Valley Historical Society; plus my CHECKERED HISTORY & VISION QUEST–0-22 years. Send to: Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003
pages 175-176 of the HIGH UINTA BOOK
THERE ARE NO SIGNS AT THIS TRAILHEAD, AS IT IS ONE OF MY “unofficial” ONES. TO HELP ORIENTE YOU I’LL INSERT BELOW A GOOGLE EARTH VIEW OF THE ROAD YOU TAKE TO THE RIGHT, GOING DOWN TO A CIRCLE WHERE YOU SEE A CAR.
WE SEE MY CAR PARKED DOWN WHAT I CALL “THE HILLIARD FLUME PATHWAY” CONSTRUCTED IN 1870 BY THE “TIE HACKERS.”

Along with getting you the 5 miles to the HELL’S HOLE BASIN & ITS LAKE, I will introduce you to the “UNSUNG HEROES WITHOUT WHOM THE WEST WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN WON–THE TIE HACKERS.”

In the 1860’s the Transcontinental Railroad was being built crossing the U.S. and in 1867 millions of railroad ties were needed to get it across Wyoming and Utah. Irish immigrant lumbermen were hired to work 12 months a year in the North Slope of the Uinta Mountains with their broad axes to make railroad ties. They became known as “THE TIE HACKERS!” Without their railroad ties there wouldn’t have been a Transcontinental Railroad–yet in the history books about the construction of the railroad, tie hackers are never mentioned, nor given any credit.

MY BOOK HELPS REMEDY THAT HISTORICAL ERROR, AS I DISCUSS THEM, THEIR HEROIC EXPLOITS, COURAGE WORKING RIGHT THROUGH THE WINTERS, THEIR GHOST TOWNS–one of them called, “The liveliest, if not the wickedest town in America,” another site named “SUICIDE PARK,” AND HOW THEY GOT THEIR TIES NORTH INTO WYOMING. One way was described in a Forest Service display on the Whitney Road a mile or so north from the Hells Hole Trailhead, taking off up to the west. Said display has weathered away and is today illegible, but I got the following picture back in the early days of my UINTA PROJECT.

The Hilliard Flume takes off from Gold Hill, to the west of the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, accessed up the Whitney Road. The history books say no remnants remain of the flume, as by 1880 it fell into disuse, the materials cannibalized by ranchers and others, or rotted away–EXCEPT FOR WHAT I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED–ALONG WITH MUCH OF THE HISTORY IN MY BOOK, in YouTube VIDEOS ACCESSED FROM MY WEBSITE & IN THIS WEBSITE REPORT.

To get to Hell’s Hole Basin, from the edge of the parking circle in the Google Earth view, a trail crosses Hayden Fork, and goes east between two hills towards Main Fork of the Bear River. Main Fork was crucial for the Hilliard Flume as water was needed for the flume, so the HOWE FEEDER FLUME was constructed taking water out of Main Fork, said flume coming between the two hills, then downstream it added its water to the Hilliard Flume. As you do the short hike to Main Fork, keep an eye out to your left and you should see what I picture below–unless it is all rotted away since it was way back in the 1870’s, with most of it today gone–EXCEPT IN MY PHOTOS WHICH ARE THE ONLY ONES PUBLISHED OF THIS GREAT EFFORT.

AS YOU GET CLOSER TO THE ROAD THAT PARALLELS MAIN FORK, KEEP LOOKING TO YOUR LEFT and YOU SHOULD SEE A CUT IN A SIDE HILL THAT WAS THE PATH OF THE FLUME.
HERE WE ARE SEEING THE PATHWAY OF THE FLUME FROM UP ON THE HILL WITH THE TRAIL IN THE DISTANCE–UPPER LEFT CORNER.

THEN YOU COME TO A ROAD–A CLOSED ROAD–AND CONTINUE SOUTH, and AS YOU GO LOOK TO THE AREA BETWEEN THE ROAD AND THE STREAM AND YOU’LL NOTICE A LEVEL AREA PARALELLING THE STREAM--IT WAS ALONG THIS LEVEL THAT I BEGAN DISCOVERING RUINS OF CABINS, SUPPORTS FOR THE FLUME & PLANKS.

RUINS OF CABINS, STUMPS, ETC. FROM THAT PERIOD, OVER 150 YEARS AGO, ARE MOSTLY ROTTED AWAY and even more so now than when I took these pictures more than 10 years ago.
CABINS FROM THAT PERIOD (1867-1880) CAN BE IDENTIFIED BY: MOSTLY ROTTED AWAY, SMALL SIZE, NO WINDOWS, & ROCKS FROM CHIMNEYS AS THEY DIDN’T USE CAST IRON STOVES. OF GREAT IMPORTANCE IN IDENTIFYING RUINS FROM THAT PERIOD ARE THE NAILS–SQUARE NAILS as you see below. Round nails were not invented until 1910.
GRADUALLY I BEGAN FINDING REMNANTS OF THE FLUME, FIRST WITH BRACES OR SUPPORT STRUCTURES, ALWAYS WITH SQUARE NAILS–80 tons of them were used in the construction of these two flumes.
AND I FOUND PLANKS FROM THE FLUME, MOSTLY ROTTED AWAY–and MAYBE TODAY GONE. THERE ARE FOREST SERVICE REPORTS ABOUT THESE FLUMES BUT NO AVAILABLE PHOTOGRAPHS I KNOW OF , EXCEPT MINE.
EVENTUALLY THE PATHWAY OF THE FLUME GOES UP THROUGH MEADOW AREAS WITH A CHAIN OF SUPPORT STRUCTURES.
HERE ARE REMNANTS OF THE DIVERSION DAM WHERE THEY TOOK WATER OUT FOR THE FLUME. This picture and the next are courtesy of my friend Albert Richens.

To get to HELL’S HOLE BASIN, continue up the road until it takes a sharp turn ending in a gravel pit. The trail takes off from there and climbs up to Hell’s Hole Lake that has native cutthroat trout waiting for you.

Here we meet famous pioneer artist and photographer, GEORGE BEARD and his wife LOVENIA. You dedicated High Uinta lovers might recognize her name, as George gave it to the first 13,000+ mountain you come to on the Highline Trail as you go east past the Deadhorse Lake area and come to the Lake Fork Drainage. See it below.

Majestic 13,219 ft. high MOUNT LOVENIA with in the foreground what I have named East Fork Pass, 12,150 ft. one of the highest in the Uinta Mountains. It is at the head of the East Fork of Blacks Fork of the Green River from where you can see the most impressive view of the spine of the High Uinta Mountains I’ll show you below:

There is more information about GEORGE BEARD in my book, but best add here that he is famous for naming, and having named, important Uinta lakes: First, in 1906 a government surveyor asked him which was the largest lake in the Uintas? He pointed to one on the map, and said, “This is the grandaddy of them all!” That name stuck as GRANDADDY LAKE and consequently THE GRANDADDY BASIN with it’s 26 fishable lakes. Way east in the Uinta River Drainage, near Trail Rider Pass is found BEARD LAKE, where I caught an eastern brook trout that would have been a Utah State record if I could have got it out to civilization to be weighed and measured. Then following the trail from said pass towards Lake Atwood, you come to above timberline GEORGE BEARD LAKE where on my 27 day expedition I had the fastest fishing, at the head of an alpine basin I have named GEORGE BEARD BASIN. More details and maps showing all these locations in my BOOK.

GEORGE BEARD’S connection to HELL’S HOLE BASIN is mostly because in a visit he made here he wrote:

“HERE I SAW THE LARGEST GRIZZLY I HAVE EVER SEEN!”

REMEMBER, YOU MIGHT FIND INTERESTING THE BOOK ABOUT MY HALF CENTURY

“IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYANS, with information at: https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

3/26/2022: CHALLENGE to hike & backpack again — More “VISIONS OF NATURE” — NEW HIGH UINTA FRIENDS! — WEEKLY SNOW DEPTHS IN UINTAS — Final segment on HIGHLINE TRAIL west: Featuring THE ROCK CREEK DRAINAGE –THE BOOKS — Remember UKRAINE & the RED CROSS……..

DAILY THE STAIRS &

THEN EVERY FRIDAY UP TO THE FOOT OF TIMPANOGOS HIKING UP GROVE CANYON, EACH WEEK A LITTLE FURTHER UP THE CANYON & HIGHER ABOVE UTAH VALLEY

MY GOAL THIS WEEK TO GET UP TO THE THIRD LONG SWITCHBACK WHERE THE TRAIL OVERLOOKS THE VALLEY & TURNS UP THE CANYON HIGH ABOVE THE CREEK.

THE SECOND SWITCHBACK TOOK ME HIGH ABOVE THE CANYON WHERE I HAD GRADUALLY GOT A LITTLE FURTHER EACH WEEK. THE COUNTRY-SIDE STILL PRETTY BLEAK, BUT WITH WARMING TEMPERATURES WE SHOULD SOON SEE SOME BUDS APPEAR & THEN GRADUALLY GREEN WILL EXPLODE ON US!

FINALLY MADE IT & SAT DOWN FOR MY PICNIC LUNCH and NEEDED REST.

ALL PRETTY “MICKEY MOUSE” BUT CONSIDERING A YEAR AGO I COULDN’T EVEN WALK–WITH NO MUSCLES IN MY LEGS THAT HAD ME LOOKING LIKE A HOLOCAST VICTIM & NO BALANCEI FEEL MORE THAN GRATEFUL FOR BEING BLESSED BY THE LORD WITH FOR ME “MIRACULOUS” PROGRESS & VERY REAL HOPE FOR SOME KIND OF “EXTREME LIGHT WEIGHT BACKPACKING” IN THE HIGH UINTAS!

GOING DOWN, WITH STEEP DROP-OFFS ALONG THE WAY, HAD ME HIKING VERY CAREFULLY USING MY TREKKING POLES & IT WAS EASY TO IMAGINE HOW OLD GUYS LIKE ME–WITH POOR BALANCE– ON SOME HIGH UINTA TRAILS TO PASSES, COULD LOSE BALANCE & FALL OUT OF SIGHT TO NEVER BE FOUND! DOWN LOWER I CAREFULLY LOOKED FOR THE ROCK WITH A FOSSIL FROM MY LAST HIKE. I FOUND IT AND at home WASHED & VARNISHED IT–SEEN BELOW.

IT CLEARLY ISN’T A SPRING OFF OF SOME HIKER’S PISTOL FROM MODERN TIMES, RATHER A LIVING ORGANISM TURNED INTO STONE OVER THOUSANDS OF YEARS. IMAGE WHAT IT WAS!

NOW I’LL TELL YOU OF A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE & MY TERRIBLE GOOF!

SOON AFTER FINDING MY ROCK I WAS RESTING A BIT WHEN A TALL GOOD LOOKING HIKER, WITH HIS BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER, CAME DOWN THE TRAIL–STOPPED & SPOKE:

“YOU’RE CORDELL ANDERSEN!”

I was pleased to learn he was one of my “HIGH UINTA FRIENDS” who I had never met, but he followed me on my website, and had even driven to 444 Elm St. in American Fork, to give me $20 and get the link on his computer my HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS book, but nobody was home. I told him to just send a $20 bill in the mail along with his email, and I’d immediately email him the link and told him he could share with a few others as MY INTEREST is to get it spread around to help ALL HAVE GREATER AND SAFER ADVENTURES IN THE UINTAS. We talked some about my struggles, etc. and he did give me their names–but I goofed by not jotting them down on my smartphone and taking their picture–as an OLD GUY my memory is slipping. I think I remember the names, but to not completely embarrass myself, best wait until I hear from him, and then I’ll introduce him to everybody.

WOW! I remembered right! I received his letter and $25 in the mail today with a nice letter and request for a thumb drive with the book. My High Uinta Friend is: JEFF JOHANSEN, and his daughter is KARA. In my note I even got the SEN right, easy for me because I’m also an SEN Andersen. We are both either Danish, or Norwegian, in my case a little of each. I even had an ancestor who was KING of Norway for a short while in the 1200’s until he was poisoned!

Thanks, Jeff, for the order. I’ll get it in the mail today, and hope to meet you tomorrow (Friday)–as I understand it won’t be raining–on the Grove Creek trail between 2:00 and 4:00. Best not send the thumb drive, but take it with me tomorrow in hopes we meet–so I can get that needed photo of–YES, the “GOOD LOOKING” hiker & his “beautiful daughter.”

GET THE BOOK FOR DETAILS IN PREPARING YOUR SUMMER ADVENTURES!

NOW TO CONTINUE OUR MINI-TOUR OF THE HIGH UINTAS

First just a simple mention of the SNOW DEPTHS in crucial places (posted weekly here–later by the day) :

BALD MOUNTAIN PASS…..3/26 = 37.3″ of snow

WOLF CREEK PASS……3/26 = 43.5″

HEWINTA on the North Slope……3/26 = 26″

THE TOUR will first take us to “THE WILDERNESS AREA” – Utah’s greatest Wilderness.…so far we have reviewed lakes accessible from the Norths Slope’s Christmas Meadows Trailhead–which logically we should have held off on until after the Grandaddy of Uinta’s Trails we have been reviewing taking you to lakes accessible along the Highline Trail . We have seen the Wilder/Wyman/Packard area, Naturalist Basin, Carolyn, Bedround & Allen Lakes, Cyclone Pass and Sea Lion & Thompson Lakes, & The FOUR LAKES BASIN, taking us to Pigeon Milk Springs. From the Springs we head east climbing first ROCKY SEA PASS (11,200 ft.)……

Mahana, my daughter along with me on a Goat Packing trip with Clay Zimmerman, on the way to ROCKY SEA PASS in 2005.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PASS MAHANA FIRST EXPERIENCED SNOW!

…… that early in the season has a large snow bank on the eastern side–so be careful. See details & topographical maps on pages 168-173 of the HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS book.

In this first segment of the HIGHLINE TRAIL we will review the upper reaches of the Rock Creek Drainage. The lower reaches will be mentioned when we swing around to the South Slope. From here below the pass to the east, we head north to swing around the large basin, and 1.7 miles from the Pass come to a junction where the actual Highline Trail goes down directly in a mile to cross Rock Creek where there’s a trail 12 miles long coming up along the creek from the Trailhead, but following the actual Highline Trail you climb out to meet the trail–that we will now follow swinging around the upper reaches of the Drainage.

We first come to the Huntley Ponds, seen above, that have brook trout, and just a little further Brinkley Lake with Mt. Ostler way to the north on the north side of the spine of the Uintas.

Another mile north we come to another junction, with one trail heading down across the basin passing by Black, Ouray, Jack & Jill Lakes and continues on to join the trail that circles the upper reaches. We will rather take the left fork to visit Rosalie, Uintah, and Margie Lakes, then swing up above timberline passing by Glady’s Lake, and then drop down to Lightning, and Helen Lakes. Before dropping down to Lightning is where I left the trail and climbed off-trail up to the Ostler Saddle to get a picture of Amethyst Lake already seen. Below, we are looking at the Ostler Saddle over Lightning Lake.

LIGHTNING LAKE with the OSTLER SADDLE in the background.

From between Lightning and Helen Lakes we follow the trail down some and bypass a basin to the east–that you can climb up into it and from there climb the saddle to see on the North Slope Priord Lake.

PRIORD Lake is where is born one of the tributaries of the Bear River on the North Slope

MANY YEARS AGO I MADE A CRUDE PANORAMA–combining three photos- of the Priord/Norice Lakes basin, I’ll insert below to give you an idea about how spectacular the scenery is.

FROM THAT little side-trip, WE FOLLOW THE TRAIL JUST PAST THE NEXT POINT OF THE MOUNTAIN and after crossing THE FIRST STREAM COMING DOWN FROM THE BASIN, you can climb northeast on the south side of that mountain point which is basically Triangle Mt., and in about 1 mile of easy climbing come to what some of us have called:

ONE OF THE TWO MOST BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN SCENES IN UTAH, TRIANGLE MOUNTAIN and RECONNAISSANCE LAKE.

FROM HERE YOU CAN ALSO CLIMB THE SADDLE TO THE NORTHEAST AND SEE ALLSOP LAKE WHERE THE EAST FORK OF THE BEAR RIVER IS BORN. In the cliffs above Allsop Lake were found the bones and equipment of Eric Robison, Australian adventurer who was supposed to be following the Highline Trail 5 years before when he went missing.
HERE IS WHERE MAHANA CAUGHT HER FIRST TROUT & OBVIOUSLY LOVED IT!

FROM RECONNAISSANCE LAKE YOU CAN WANDER DOWN THROUGH THE BASIN VISITING BENCH LAKE (on the way up), BOOT, DOUG & JODIE LAKES, and then find the trail where one comes from Jack & Jill Lake, and soon the other, the actual HIGLINE TRAIL that has cut across the basin, and on it follow it around the point of the next mountain to LEDGE LAKE, where also is found the junction of a trail coming up 16 miles from the Rock Creek Trailhead. From there follow the Highline Trail about 1 mile north to DEADHORSE PASS, but I recommend along that one mile cut across a short stretch of arctic tundra to visit CONTINENT LAKE, you see me fishing in below.

From here it is just a short hike to DEADHORSE PASS.

HERE MAHANA IS ON 11,700 ft. high DEADHORSE PASS.

Below is seen DEADHORSE LAKE with it’s turquoise colored waters from glacial turbidity common on the North slope in high altitude lakes, along with another view of the Lake as our concluding photo of this post, plus one more….

AT DEADHORSE LAKE IT HAD RAINED IN THE AFTERNOON, THEN STOPPED, AND EVEN THOUGH THE LIGHT WASN’T GOOD I WENT STALKING AS I HAD SEEN NICE HOOFPRINTS OF A GOOD MULE DEER.….. and ALL OF A SUDDEN HE BOLTED WITH ME TRYING TO HOLD MY TELEPHOTO LENSE STEADY & CREATED AN INTERESTING ACTION SHOT.
MAHANA, ON THIS PACK-GOAT TRIP BECAME THE FIRST GUATEMALAN TO HIKE THE ENTIRE HIGH UINTA WILDERNESS AREA!

GET THE ONLINE BOOK & PREPARE FOR MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE & SAFE ADVENTURES.

To get an online copy of this book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTASsend me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. Send to: Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

And remember, the 570 page book,

A 50 YEAR “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” AMONG MY PEOPLE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA,

…….that is now finished “completely” with one more page added with a portrait of each of my TWO FAMILIES.

TO SEE A DESCRIPTION OF THE ONLINE BOOK & BE ABLE TO GET IT ON YOUR COMPUTER, go to: https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

REMEMBER: Each Wednesday on my Facebook Page–by evening I will have a new post in Spanish with a historical review each week of photographs of that 50 year experience–eventually with THOUSANDS OF PHOTOS, many never seen before — and of course every Saturday a post & report like this one of my

CHALLENGE & the HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS!

ACUERDENSE QUE CADA MIERCOLES PARA LA NOCHE PONDRE EN MI PAGINA DE FACEBOOK UN NUEVO REPORTAJE HISTORICO DE MIS 50 ANOS ENTRE LOS MAYAS–AL FIN CON MILES DE FOTOS NUNCA VISTAS ANTES….DE CADA UNO DE UDS.!

IN THE MEANTIME HELP IN UKRAINE @: RED CROSS AID TO UKRAINE

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My email address is: cordellandersen@hotmail.com

“RED DAWN” & MY YOUTH — UKRAINE–An ATROCITY (horror & wickedness) because of ABSURDITY (insanity & idiocy) — but, THEY NOT GIVING IN–NOR WILL I! PEACE IN THE HILLS with PURPOSE — More VISIONS of NATURE & Dr. W. Kenneth Hamblin — BACK TO THE HIGHLINE TRAIL accessing beautiful areas!

I describe in detail in my Maya Book an ATROCITY in Guatemala because of important people believing an ABSURDITY, pages 442-456, and in a sense followed Clint Eastwood’s advise from his movie,

THE OUTLAW JOSIE WALES, on page 555, part of what he said was: “Remember, when it looks bad like you’re not going to make it, then you have to get mean! I mean plumb mad dog mean! Because if you lose your head and give up, then you neither live nor win. You have to be a guerrilla fighter and take the fight to the enemy!” You’ll have to read my book to see how I became very honest and frank in telling the history–which some important people are supposed to study carefully……the full 569 pages–with lots of beautiful photos…… go to: https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

Now we have to mention the Atrocity going on in:

UKRAINE

THE HEARTBREAKING ATROCITY IN UKRAINE & THE COURAGEOUS “NOT GIVING IN” WILL OF THE PEOPLE BRINGS TO MIND SOMETHING FROM MY YOUTH.…….

….. in Provo, Utah (1952) there was fear of a Chinese invasion of the west coast & I remember vividly us guys from the neighborhood planning on heading into the mountains with our deer rifles and becoming guerrilla fighters–and we loaded up on extra ammo–cheap Army Surplus 30-06 cartridges– to be ready. Years later our dream happened in the movie RED DAWN!

TODAY THAT IS HAPPENING IN THE COURAGEOUS FIGHT BY THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE…..THOUSANDS, INCLUDING GRANDMA, GETTING THEIR AK-47 & WILLING TO FIGHT and DIE RATHER THAN GIVE IN!

IN 1967 THAT WAS IN PART MY MOTIVATION TO GET OUT ON THE FRONT LINES IN GUATEMALA TO OPPOSE THE CUBAN/COMMUNIST EFFORT TO TURN THE COUNTRY INTO ANOTHER CUBA–YES, I ARMED MYSELF TOO, and OVER THE YEARS GOT BETTER WEAPONS, after having a DREAM, “seeing me fight off and win against the guerrillas with a Baby Browning .25 which kept jamming with me struggling each time to unjam, then to fight on to win–then the Army arrived to collect the bodies and an officer hearing about how I eliminated the attackers advised me to get rid of the Baby Browning and get larger caliber weapons of the “BEST BRANDS,” which I did including with David’s help, a sub-machine gun!”

BUT OUR MAIN EFFORT WAS TO WORK TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF POVERTY & IGNORANCE THAT HAD OPENED THE DOOR TO THE “GUERRILLA WAR!”

THE “ATROCITY” in Uktraine, now with me a bit older–has at least MOVED ME TO DONATE TO THE RED CROSS TO HELP WHICH I RECOMMEND ALL OF YOU DOING TOO! AND ALSO–for me–WORK HARDER TO GET IN SHAPE–for the High Uintas, and keep alive long enough to finish my reports with thousands of pictures from Guatemala, and/or to be a guerrilla fighter sneaking down the face of Mt. Timpanogos to make devastating hits on the enemy–I can at least be a good snipper!

SO I PERSIST DAILY WITH MY STAIRS AT THE AMPHITHEATER/JOGGING BEHIND MY WALKER, & ONCE A WEEK UP TO THE FOOT OF MT. TIMPANOGOS & GROVE CANYON you see in this shot a couple of miles from my Cabin-A.

AND, AS YOU SEE BELOW I’M ALSO WORKING ON KEEPING FROM GAINING BACK THE 30+ LBS. I’VE LOST DURING MY BACK-ORDEAL–GETTING MAD AT MYSELF FOR BUYING COOKIES & OTHERS SUCH STUFF and ALONGSIDE OF MY CABIN–BURYING IT IN MY GARDENING PLOT ALONG WITH ANYTHING THAT WILL DECOMPOSE–to produce for me my Guatemalan “Miracle weed-MACUY”

Burying what my body doesn’t need to fertilize my MACUY
THIS WAS MY GARDEN OF “MACUY” IN 2021. IT WILL BE BETTER THIS UPCOMING SEASON WITH ALL THE STUFF I ADD TO IMPROVE THE SOIL. I’LL SHOW YOU–NEXT WEEK–HOW I EAT THE NUTRITIOUS LEAVES–SHOWN BY AN ANALYSIS OF ANACAFE in Guatemala to be more nutritious than any of the domesticated vegetables we now have to pay too much for!

AND, YOU CAN SEE I’M TAKING MY GOALS SERIOUSLY–NOW, BY ADDING A LITTLE WEIGHT–NOT ON MY BACK THAT WOULD HURT ME, RATHER WITH WAIST PACKS loaded with my picnic lunch, water, emergency stuff I always take–even on these simple hikes–THE WEIGHT YESTERDAY COMING TO 8 LBS.–most of it my professional NIKON CAMERA AND ITS GREAT (but heavy) 18mm. to 400mm. ZOOM LENS, but has me thinking for the High Uintas I might have to sadly sacrifice that and just go with my smart phone–at least to begin with, but as I get stronger I’m sure I’ll soon be lugging my Nikon again to get great photos of VISIONS OF NATURE to share with all of my friends.

ACTUALLY FOR BACKPACKING IN THE UINTAS I WILL HAVE MY 4.5 lb. SURVIVAL BACKPACK (shown on my tiny backpack last summer–scroll way down to see it), PLUS THESE COUPLE OF WAIST PACKS, PLUS A NEW LUMBAR/WAISTE PACK I’LL SHOW YOU LATER–THAT WILL MAKE POSSIBLE GOING FOR SEVERAL DAYS IN THE HIGH COUNTRY IN MY 87th YEAR.

I WASN’T ALONE ON THE GROVE CREEK TRAIL, BUT ALSO MET A COUPLE OF BACKPACKERS WITH THEIR MOM!

I’M GRADUALLY INCREASING THE DISTANCE TOO–YESTERDAY HIKING ABOUT A MILE UP THE CANYON--FOR A TOTAL OF 2 MILES round trip! I’LL ADMIT IT TIRED ME OUT, BUT IN A MONTH I’VE AT LEAST TRIPLED MY DISTANCE, & HELPING TO MAKE THE CONSTANT BACK PAIN ENJOYABLE WAS THE CONSTANT EYE OUT FOR MORE “VISIONS OF NATURE” YOU’LL SEE BELOW WITH A NEW FLOWER BLOSSOMING. IT’S NOT MUCH, BUT I’M MAKING PROGRESS as is THE SPRING!

ANOTHER LITTLE TRICK, TO MAKE WHAT FOR ME IS PAINFUL PROGRESS, IS UNSELFISHLY WORKING ON HELPING TO KEEP OUR BEAUTIFUL OUTDOORS LITTER-FREE BY PICKING UP THE GARGAGE ALONG THE TRAIL, or along the STAIRWAYS!

TAKE ALONG WITH YOU A SHOPPING BAG & MAKE A LITTLE COLLECTION OF ANYTHING NOT NATURAL! BENDING OVER A FEW TIMES ON EVERY HIKE WILL ALSO BE A BLESSING FOR YOUR BODY!

“LEAVE NO TRACE!”

GLANCE UPWARDS TOO….and ZOOM IN ON THE “VISIONS OF NATURE” ABOVE YOU & BELOW YOU AT YOUR FEET…..& BE REWARDED WITH CLOSE-UP VISIONS of FASCINATION & BEAUTY!
WITH EACH OF THESE JEWELS OF NATURE & MANY MORE YOU’LL FIND–IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY, TRY AND ENVISION & IMAGINE WHAT WERE THE EARTH PROCESSES THAT CREATED THEM & HOW MANY YEARS DID IT TAKE? AND, HOW ABOUT THE INCREDIBLE ONE WE SEE BELOW?

WOW! IS WHAT COMES TO MIND WITH THIS CONGLOMERATE BEAUTY–each of those different colored rocks was once a part of a layer created by the rivers washing different materials into the sea forming sedimentary layers, eventually uplifting them above the ocean, then turning each layer into stone, followed by another cataclysmic earth process breaking it all up into pieces and then the water in the bottom of creeks and rivers gradually wearing off their sharp edges turning them into rounded stones that then, in another earth creation process jumbled them together in yet another layer that turned it all into stone that was then broken up by more catastrophic earth movements followed by gigantic uplifts moving it all thousands of feet higher creating……for example the High Uinta Mountains, then with erosion processes–like glaciers, and rivers carving out canyons, and valleys, etc., etc. WOW!

HERE’S ANOTHER EXAMPLE TO STIR OUR IMAGINATIONS WITH HOW IT WAS CREATED, somehow with rocks of a different age and process being inserted into the sedimentary lays as they were forming.

My fascination with rocks & minerals began in 1954 as a freshman at BYU when for a year I was a Geology majoralong with Ted Packard and Charlie Peterson–my original two High Uinta buddies–I ending that year with a graduate class in GEOMORPHOLOGY, I being the lone freshman along with 15 graduate students–and Dr. Rigby graded using the curve– and how grateful I was to get a C!

Later my first commercial project as a freelance photographer in the 1960’s was photographing all the rocks and minerals for Geology Professor, Dr. W. Kenneth Hamblin, who used them as the basis for his first book, now in its 9th edition–which photographs made him famous, and rich. Two of his books are available at Amazon and seen below:

Go to AMAZON for interesting details, like, “The Ninth Edition continues to offer a stunning and sophisticated art program that is virtually unmatched by any other geology text.” His textbooks for many years, originally and maybe still with my photographs, have been used by universities all over the globe.

Dr. Hamblin passed on in 2009 at the age of 81.

I might add, when he would bring me a new collection to be photographed, we would talk and once I asked him if he fished or hunted. His reply,

“Hobbies are only for people who don’t love their profession!”

MY SECOND–and last– SIGNIFICANT PROJECT AS A “FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER” was my 3rd exploratory trip to Guatemala in 1966, but first to the Izapa archaeological site in Southern Mexico with Garth Norman getting for him with night-photography the picture(s) he used to make himself famous–of the TREE OF LIFE STONE (see the MAYA MOUNTAINS BOOK). A few months later, with my entire Family, we made our 4th exploratory trip lasting 75 days, then gave away my 4″x5″ professional cameras, and prepared our move made the next year…..me becoming for the next 35 years what I have sometimes called, “A TROPICAL TRAMP,” other labeling me as a “RODEO CLOWN” and others a “MODERN AMMON!”

THIS IS MY SELECTION PROCESSED of the many COLLECTED SO FAR OF ROCKS FROM MY EFFORTS TO CLIMB STAIRS & HIKE GROVE CREEK CANYON. I’ve washed them, then varnished them to bring out their beauty, which you can do on the trail by just wetting with water a rock you envision as beautiful, with one more below, followed by one from my recent hike with a fossil.
NOTE: If you object to me varnishing them to create stunning beauty, think how all of that beautiful natural wood in your house would look, if it wasn’t finished with a protective & beauty enhancing coating of varnish, polyurethane, etc. ? (I actually use polyurethane).
IT’S FASCINATING TO NOTE HOW SOME OF US SEE BEAUTY IN WHAT IS REALLY “THE CHAOS OF NATURE” chaos being a disorderly mass, yet we are intrigued by it and see in it beauty. By the way, IF YOU DON’T, you should take regularly a Testosterone Enhancer (like Andro 400 Max), which, among other things improves your mood and ability to appreciate beauty.
ON MY NEXT HIKE UP GROVE CANYON–Friday, March 25th–I’LL BRING THIS ONE HOME, CLEAN IT UP & PROCESS IT TO SEE BETTER WHAT WE’VE GOT and LIKELY INSERT IT BELOW.

NOW TO THE HIGH UINTAS & MORE AREAS ACCESSIBLE FROM THE HIGHLINE TRAIL

OUR LAST AREA VISITED WAS ALLEN LAKE. From there you can go northwest to hit the trail or just bushwhack your way 1/2 mile north to get to the FOUR LAKES BASIN, first coming to Daynes Lake you see below but taken from half-way up to Cyclone Pass, with a lightning storm over distant Bald Mountain.

This hike to Bedground and Allen Lakes, then to the Four Lakes Basin and over Cyclone Pass, is all a side trip from the Highline Trail we will get back to in our next post, but first well climb Cyclone Pass (11,150 ft.) to pay a visit to two quite isolated lakes. First, from the pass we see Sea Lion Lake off to the southeast.

FROM 11,150 ft. CYCLONE PASS: AS YOU CAN SEE, THE HIKE TO SEA LION LAKE ENTAILS 1.3 miles of DIFFICULT “BOLDER HOPPING”

BELOW WE ZOOM IN ON SEA LION LAKE.

Remote THOMPSON LAKE, seen below, is our main objective, also entailing “boulder hopping” but I felt it worth the risk as there were some reports it could have “monarch” brook trout, which didn’t work out that way in 2003, but MIGHT TODAY!

From CYCLONE PASS we descend into the FOUR LAKES BASIN. We’ve seen already Daynes Lake, and below we see DEAN LAKE.

DEAN LAKE is the deepest (44 feet) with brook trout and grayling. It is the northern-most lake in the Basin. From here we backtrack past JEAN LAKE we see below, with DALE LAKE –the smallest of the 4, located in the center of the basin.

JEAN LAKE we see below is very near the trail from which this picture was taken. On the far right we see CYLONE PASS. On the far left we can see a sliver of DEAN LAKE, pictured above.

JEAN LAKE

On the south side of Jean Lake we find the trail, and follow it around the point of the mountain and in 1.5 miles we come to the HIGHLINE TRAIL, and follow it northeast for 1/4 mile and come to Pigeon Milk Springs that produces ice cold, pure water, but with a glacial whitish hue–called, “glacial milk.” Our next post will take us up and over the mountain to the east. Information on this area, including topographical maps, is found on pages 164-168 of my HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS book.

To get an online copy of this book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTASsend me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. Send to: Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

For the latest & to download the final version of my book,

A 50 YEAR “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” AMONG MY PEOPLE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA,

go to: https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

I’ll see you again in a couple of days when we’ll follow the HIGHLINE TRAIL to the Rock Creek Drainage, and then on Wednesday–y luego en miercoles ver el primer reportaje de mis 50 ANOS ENTRE LOS MAYAS, que mayormente seran fotos–muchas fotos.

IN THE MEANTIME HELP IN UKRAINE @: RED CROSS AID TO UKRAINE

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Update: March 6, 2022– SPRING AMBUSHED by WINTER –VISIONS OF NATURE Wildflowers replaced by FASCINATING ROCKS — LEARNING TO HIKE CONTINUES for an OLD CRIPPLE called by Gringos visiting in Guatemala, a “RODEO CLOWN” — why I was proud of that! — THE HIGH UINTAS lakes with Arctic Grayling.

WINTER VIEW OF THE SPINE OF THE HIGH UINTAS from the North Slope Road. Kings Peak, 13,528 ft., Utah highest, is the highlighted peak left center. Red Castle Peak is on the far right. Gilbert Peak, 13,448 ft., Utah’s 3rd highest mountain on far left.

My last post was a bit premature welcoming SPRING with the first wildflowers. Snow this week can have us focusing on what the cold won’t hurt–THE BEAUTIFUL ROCKS of our exercise area–the foothills of the Wasatch–the one below, nestled in new snow, is my FIRST VISION OF NATURE treasure and reward found this week….

WHAT WERE THE INCREDIBLE GEOLOGICAL PROCESSES THAT CREATED THIS JEWEL OF NATURE — A TYPE OF CONGLOMERATE COMPOSED OF ROCKS OF DIFFERENT TYPES CREATED EACH BY DIFFERENT CATASTROPHIC GEOLOGICAL EVENTS & THEN JUMBLED TOGETHER IN ANOTHER INCREDIBLE EARTH CREATING PROCESS.

….followed by a few others collected on my recent walks in the hills and along the creek–as I learn to hike again. In my freshman year at BYU in 1954 I was a geology major, planning on finding riches in the West Utah Desert and becoming rich. Geology fascinates me as it should all of us and the HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS is a geologic treasure as I show you in my BOOK. I am grateful to see and appreciate BEAUTY in the VISIONS OF NATURE–including these magnificent rocks.

This rock should have been photographed with the layers horizontal as they were laid down underneath the ocean, or a large lake–as level, parallel layers, each from a different season with contrasting conditions that washed distinct types of materials to form each layer that eventually under great pressure and the right temperatures were turned into hard rock.
This is what we call a CONGLOMERATE, a jumbled up mixture of layers formed under the oceans, then in cataclysmic earth processes were broken up, some rounded by the rushing waters of streams, and then all lumped together and solidified. IMAGINE THE EARTH PROCESSES THAT FORMED THIS KIND OF ROCK & HOW MANY YEARS IT TOOK, ETC.

WOW! says it all.

I’ll insert below a picture of my recent collection–THE BEST from the last month or so…..

I washed and cleaned them up. Then varnished them to bring out their beauty.
AND, DON’T FORGET THE FOSILS, THIS ONE PERHAPS BEING THE WING OF A BIRD.

Below Iwill insert a page from my BOOK, a magnificent collection of rocks from the HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS.

BY THE WAY, THE BRIGHT YELLOW ISN’T GOLD, RATHER LICHENS of which there are many thousands of varieties in the Uintas which I talk about some in my BOOK.

EVENTUALLY I’LL FIGURE OUT HOW TO PUT THEM TOGETHER TO CREATE A MAGNIFICENT VISION OF NATURE, such as I did creating with SCRUB OAK from the foothills an incredible frame you see below embracing a wonderful view of TRIANGLE MOUNTAIN & RECONNAISSANCE LAKE, off-trail in the Rock Creek drainage of the Uinta’s South Slope, a rival to RED CASTLE as “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR SCENE IN UTAH.

He’s a “RODEO CLOWN” said an Animal Husbandry professor from BYU, visiting my Las Victorias Dairy in Guatemala.

The complete story is told in what simply we can call THE MAYA STORY . GO TO THE FOUNDATION WEBSITE TO GET THE link to download it free: https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/ . The visiting professor first asked, “Where are your alfalfa fields?” I replied, “Rather than use alfalfa, and silage, the staples of the U.S. dairy industry, we have our cows on high quality pastures of an African grass with 23% protein–similar to alfalfa, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!” I continued, “We took over a bankrupt dairy, eventually purifying our milking herd using artificial insemination to produce pure Jersey cows, and increased daily production per cow from 3.5 liters to 16.5 liters, the best in the country.”

Since we didn’t have alfalfa or use silage he began calling me a “RODEO CLOWN.” I loved it as……..

I LAUGHED ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK!

Two of our cows and a heifer defeated in a Livestock Show the Central American Grand Champion of the Jersey breed. We see them above shown to us by my three kids: Julie with the new Champion “MAJA,” David with 2nd place, “MILADY,” and Richard “Dito” with 3rd place, “WALESKA”

ALL THE DETAILS OF HOW I BECAME A “RODEO CLOWN” WITH THE CHAMPION JERSEY COWS OF ALL OF CENTRAL AMERICA, & FOR MANY YEARS SUPPORTED MY FAMILY as well as 39 fulltime employees and their families-all the while that making possible me dedicating all we had to have projects that it was said,

“SAVED THOUSANDS & AIDED MANY TEN’S OF THOUSANDS OF MAYANS GET AN EDUCATION……as well as stimulate the organization of a WORLD-WIDE HUMANITARIAN SERVICE!”

Click on this link to READ & SEE THE DETAILS OF THE MAYA STORY https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

NOW ON TO MORE GLIMPSES OF THE HIGH UINTA WILDERNESS, seeing wonderful areas accessed from the HIGHLINE TRAIL: This week, two lakes with Arctic Grayling: CAROLYN & ALLEN LAKES

From our previous point along the Highline Trail, 4 miles from the trailhead at the junction with the Naturalist Basin trail, hike two more miles (and 1/2 mile before the junction with the Four Lakes Basin Trail) , look for a trail taking off through a meadow to the south and hike 200 yards to Carolyn Lake that has brook trout and hungry Arctic Grayling like you see below. Usually they are caught using artificial flies as they have small mouths, info on Page 164, with the topographical map on page 168.

From Carolyn Lake, backtrack to the Highline Trail and follow it 1/2 mile to a major junction where a trail takes off to the southeast. The trail leads to the Four Lakes Basin and from there continues all the way to the Grandaddy Basin. But, 1/2 mile down said trail, there is another junction with a little used trail–a shortcut– heading south that in about a mile hits the main trail to the Grandaddy Basin, and at that point is found small BEDGROUND LAKE, you see below, reputed to have very large brook trout and Grayling.

From Bedground pretty well due east towards the mountain and in about 3/4 mile you come to ALLEN LAKE where it has been said the “Utah State Grayling record will be caught.”

Let me say a word about Allen Lake before going on to the theme of “the record Grayling.” When I first visited Allen Lake I found the Forest Service sign that told the story of the lake and its name, but it wasn’t legible, so I scraped it producing what you see below:

The next time I visited the posts had rotted and the sign was on the ground, so I propped it up. Later some friends purposely went in there with tools and bolts to do a proper job putting up the sign in honor of Floyd R. Allen, Forest Ranger who was killed by lightning here in 1938.

The “unofficial Utah State record Arctic Grayling” was caught by my buddy Ted Packard in 1962, seen below, when we were taking a group of 22 Explorer Scouts on a two week backpack. We had all climbed King’s Peak and then come down over Trail Ryder Pass to Lake Attwood and were spin fishing using red & white Daredevil lures and all of a sudden began catching huge Artic Grayling–which we had never caught on lures before.

THE DAMAGED PICTURES CAME ABOUT WHEN AT THE CHAIN LAKES MY CAMERA FELL IN THE WATER AND WAS RUINED, BUT SOME OF THE FILM WAS SORT OF SAVED AS YOU SEE HERE.

But they were large with big mouths. My largest was 18-1/2 inches long, seen on the right, then Ted caught the largest that measured 19 inches long that would have, and still would be a Utah State record–if we could have got it to civilization and had it properly weighed and measured. The present State record is 17-1/4 inches long caught at Big Dog Lake — South Slope Uintas in 1998. Mine would “also be a record” Grayling. Steve Clark, one of our Explorers is seen in the background also with his Grayling.

GET THE DIGITAL BOOK & BEGIN MAKING YOUR PLANS FOR GREAT ADVENTURE

To get an online copy of this book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTAS, send me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. Send to: Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

March 2022 — FIRST SIGN OF SPRING — WORKING ON COMEBACK at 86 — High Uinta HIGHLINE TRAIL 2nd area: NATURALIST BASIN — MAYA BOOK reports ATROCITIES

GROVE CANYON — TIP OF MT. TIMPANOGOS –Still seemingly in WINTER SLEEP
PURPOSELY, with CAUTION, DOING STEEP, ROCKY TRAILS
TO AVOID FOR ME A DEADLY FALL — USING THE HATED TREKKING POLES

FINDING SIGNS OF SPRING WITH THE 1st FLOWERS

THESE ARE THE TINY PLANTS & FLOWERS THAT MANY DON’T SEE — sorry for the flower being out of focus! But, I’m sure you’ll get my point.
I’M THERE TOO…..HONEST, DOING MY DARNDEST ONCE A WEEK! The other days on the stairs, and/or jogging behind my walker!

NOW FOR ANOTHER GLIMPSE OF THE HIGH UINTA WILDERNESS with the 2nd area along the HIGHLINE TRAIL…..after last week hiking the side-trail down to WINDER, WYMAN & PACKARD LAKES. From Packard Lake you can go off-trail up towards Mt. Agassiz to get to the trail to the next area…..or do the long way following the trail back to the Highline Trail, then head east for 1.5 miles.

THE NATURALIST BASIN

The section on the WILDERNESS AREA begins in my book on page 154 and goes to page 409. The part on the Highline Trail in this section will describe the trail just to Deadhorse Pass and Lake, page 173. The description of the lakes in the Naturalist Basin is on pages 163-164. The topographical map, with trails and distances in the Basin is on page 167. The TRAIL TO THE NATURALIST BASIN is found 4 miles from the Trailhead. 1.1 miles along the trail that takes you north, is the FIRST IMPRESSIVE SIGHT: THE WATERFALL COMING OUT OF THE MORAT LAKES.

DON’T OVERLOOK NEAR THE FALLS THE BEAUTIFUL “BOG LAURELS”

THE TRAIL TAKES YOU BETWEEN THE MORAT LAKES. Morat 2 is on the east and is a shallow lake. To the west is MORAT 1, THE BEAUTIFUL LAKE WE SEE ABOVE. From there you can continue to climb up along the wonderful waterfall we see below that comes out of BLUE LAKE.

THIS IMPRESSIVE WATERFALL COMES OUT OF BLUE LAKE WE SEE BELOW,.

GUARDED BY MT. AGASSIZ WE SEE BLUE LAKE, STILL WITH SOME ICE ON JULY 4th. FROM HERE YOU CAN MAKE A SWING UP EVEN HIGHER AND AROUND AND DOWN AND VISIT–and fish in other lakes in the Basin: LECONTE, SHALER, JORDAN & EVERMAN following the suggested route on the topographical map, then back to the Highline Trail. The loop to explore the Naturalist Basin is approximately 7 miles. ALL THE INFORMATION & TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS YOU’LL NEED FOR YOUR ADVENTURE ARE FOUND IN MY BOOK:

To get an online copy of this book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTAS, send me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. Send to: Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

Next week we’ll visit the next wonderful areas accessible along the HIGHLINE TRAIL: CAROLYN LAKE & Arctic Grayling, then ALLEN LAKE–named for a Forest Ranger who gave his life there–and I’ll give you the details. About Allen Lake it was said the record grayling would be caught there.”I’ll show you THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN & WHERE IT DID!

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MY LIFE AMONG THE MAYA BOOK — along with 50+ years of adventure, as well as a lot of exciting history, it importantly demonstrates cases of VOLTAIRE’S statement about “absurdities” and “atrocities!”

Click on this link to READ & SEE THE DETAILS OF THE MAYA STORY https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

A ONE PAGE STORY Click to download to help one understand the BOOK. It’s from the heart warming and insightful TV series:

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Update Wed. Feb. 23, 2022 – MY “COMEBACK STATUS” — Exploring the “GRANDADDY” of all trails in the High Uinta Wilderness, “THE HIGHLINE TRAIL” & nearby areas/lakes: This week: WINDER, WYMAN & PACKARD LAKES & a grand view of the DUCHESNE RIVER CANYON — FLOWERS to trigger SPRING — And, last a link to a 1 page WRITING to UNDERSTAND — “MY LIFE AMONG THE MAYANS,” plus FREE DOWNLOAD link for FINISHED BOOK —

The back surgeon, “SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE….OR YOU’LL END UP IN A WHEELCHAIR!”

THE DANGERIOUS MISALIGNMENT OF MY SPINE!

“The surgery could take 6 hours, followed by days in the Intensive Care Unit, and more in the hospital. I’ve never done it with an 86 year old person, and there could be complications. If you don’t do it, you’ll have to stop all your exaggerated COMEBACK effortsstairs behind Fitness Center, higher stairs at the Amphitheater, long hikes with your walker, hikes up Grove Canyon which for the first time in my life with a patient, has me wanting to hit you with a doubled up fist!” –showing me his HUGE DOUBLED UP FIST!

“But Doctor, without all my exercise program and goal of backpacking this summer, in just a couple of days I begin feeling awful!”

He then asked, “DO YOU WANT TO BE PARALYZED OR DEAD?”

I replied, “For me, best continue with my goal, and exercises and feel good….risking being DEAD!” He gave me a couple of days to let him know.

So I immediately called my HIGH UINTA FRIEND, a spine specialist who took his wife on their honeymoon backpacking to Red Castle, and last year using my HIGH UINTA BOOK as guide they did the 856 mile auto-loop tour of the Uinta Mountains, and HE RAVED ON, AND ON ABOUT THAT WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE! He gave me immediately an appointment, took X-rays, and we looked at my spine history giving me 3 copies of X-rays: Jan. 28, 2021=no misalignment so my falls weren’t guilty;

Oct. 2021=the X-ray above showing the dangerous misalignment that happened gradually during my exaggerated hikes during the summer hovering over my walker for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 miles and up to 13.2 miles, a half-marathon distance-those hikes hovering over my walker for up to 6-7 hours apparently hurt my spine;

And the X-ray the day of my clinic visitwith spine misalignment looking the same, so my recent exercise program hasn’t hurt me so I could continue with MY GOAL….MY CHALLENGE!

HERE YOU CAN SEE MY GOAL–MY CHALLENGE, to actually WORK ON GETTING STRONG ENOUGH TO BACKPACK SOME IN 2022 & BE CAPABLE OF MANUEVERING DANGEROUS ROCKY STRETCHES YOU SEE IN THE MONTAGE ON THE HADES/GRANDADDYTRAIL……all by doing DAILY THE 7″ STAIRS TO WARM-UP, THEN TO THE AMPHITHEATER TO DO THE 11″ STAIRS, and WEEKLY A CONTINUALLY LONGER HIKE UP GROVE CANYON. EVENTUALLY DOING DAILY THE HIGH STAIRS ON THE RIGHT, BUT SINCE THERE’S NO HAND RAIL, USE MY TREKKING POLES. AS THE SUMMER APPROACHES BEGIN CARRYING A LOAD WITH ONLY 4.5 lbs. ON MY BACK, THE REST, IN WAIST PACKS, BUT USING EXTREME LIGHTWEIGHT BACKPACKING TECHNIQUES–and for the ACTUAL BACKPACKS OBSERVE ALL MY SURVIVAL PRECAUTIONS FOR WHICH I WILL NEED MY OLD BUDDY, RUSS SMITH & SKYCALL COMMUNICATIONS……DID YOU HEAR ME, RUSS?

So we concluded that it was best to not do the surgery, but carefully keep up with my COMEBACK PROGRAM, gradually increasing the repetitions and get X-rays every 3 months to make sure all continues SAFELY. I WAS SO HAPPY I ACTUALLY SHOUTED! THEN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 3 DAYS WENT & DID MY STAIRS & SOON WAS FEELING A LITTLE BETTER!

THIS PHOTO I USE TO OPEN MY WEBSITE WAS TAKEN ON MY FIRST MAJOR BACKPACK JUST AFTER THE CORRECTIVE SURGERY ON MY “FOOTBALL ANKLE“–
I got deservedly against West High School in 1953 after I had made a dirty play–my first & last– that got one of them carried off the field, then my next pass was intercepted they going 80 yards for a touchdown to beat us. Then I received the kickoff, went down the middle of the field through a V-shaped blocking scheme, got to the 30 and hit but spun around and made it to the 40 when the whole West High team took me out and I was carried off the field–ending my dream of the NFL and had me limping around the “Mountains of the Maya” and “the High Uintas” until 2007 with the surgery–then I side-stepped up East Grandaddy Mountain to get this photo.
I WAS LIMPING & CLIMBED UP HERE FOR THIS SPECTACULAR SHOT BY SLOWLY “SIDE STEPPING” WHICH I CAN DO AGAIN TO GET THROUGH TOUGH STRETCHES OF ANY TRAIL LIKE WE SEE BELOW. i WILL BE SO SLOW ANY COMPANION WOULD GO CRAZY, SO UNDOUBTEDLY I’LL BE ALONE–AGAIN–AS I HAVE BEEN ON MOST OF MY 2,000+ MILES OF BACKPACKING AS NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD WANT TO RISK “GOING NUTS” TO DO IT LIKE I HAVE TO–“MY WAY!”
THIS IS THE MOST DIFFICULT STRETCH OF THE HADES PASS GRANDADDY TRAIL–I WILL HAVE TO SIDE-STEP UP TO GET ONE MORE TIME TO “THE GRANDADDIES!”

THE “GRANDADDY OF ALL HIGH UINTA TRAILS”

THE HIGHLINE TRAIL

This trailhead is found along THE MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY, 34 miles northeast of Kamas, Utah. The trail heads east following the spine of the Uinta Mountains going over 6 passes in the Wilderness Area. At 60 miles it crosses the first road at the Chepeta Lake Trailhead, and then at 76 miles crosses another road at the Leidy Peak/Hacking Lake Trailhead. From there it continues east 26 more miles to the end of the trail near U.S. Highway 191, 102 miles from the beginning of the trail. At that point you are near Flaming Gorge Dam.

AFTER HEADING EAST ON THE HIGHLINE TRAIL — the first lake you pass by–the trail passes by above the lake–is Scudder Lake, seen below, but it does not have fish–at least it didn’t have in 2014 when this wide-angle picture was taken.

The closest lake from the Trailhead, with a population of trout, is WILDER LAKE – From the Highline Trailhead you hike 2.5 miles and come to a sign pointing south to Wilder, Wyman and Packard Lakes. Information on these lakes and the hike is found on pages 162-163 of my book.

WILDER LAKE AT SUNSET WITH MT. AGASSIZ IN THE BACKGROUND

The next lake down this trail, a 1/4 to 1/2 mile, is WYMAN LAKE

WYMAN LAKE is stocked with eastern brook trout but has a tendency to winterkill.

One quarter of a mile down the trail from Wyman Lake you come to the largest lake of the three that has a nice population of eastern brook trout that tend to be larger than in the other lakes. It is Mt. Agassiz that we are seeing in the background.

While at Packard Lake, don’t fail to follow the outlet stream just 50 yards or so to view the Canyon of the Duchesne River I’ll insert a couple of pictures of.

We are here looking northeast. We’ll now swing around and look towards the south where downstream is found Defa’s Dude Ranch, and the road up Hades Canyon to the Grandview Trailhead–THE GATWAY TO THE GRANDADDIES.

OUR NEXT POST WILL CONTINUE ALONG THE HIGHLINE TRAIL TO THE NEXT TRAIL THAT WILL TAKE OFF TO THE NORTH TO VISIT THE NATURALIST BASIN.

WILD FLOWERS TO TRIGGER SPRING

From her on, once a week or so, I’ll begin inserting a WILD FLOWER of the over 317 varieties I have documented in my explorations — from the Foothills to KINGS PEAK.

This week, one of the first to blossom in the high country:

SPRING BEAUTY, Claytonia lanceolata

NOW JUST A WORD OR TWO ABOUT THE TWO BOOKS THAT TELL THE STORY OF MY LIFE–for which I’m most grateful, FIRST what some are calling

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS:

To get an online copy of this book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTAS, send me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. Send to: Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003
FOR THIS BOOK THAT TELLS THE STORY OF MY LIFE-LONG LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE MAYAN PEOPLE, I’LL INSERT THE FIRST PART OF THE OPENING POST ON THE GUATEMALAN FOUNDATION’S WEBSITE: https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

Click on this link to READ & SEE THE DETAILS OF THE MAYA STORY https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

Click to read:  A SHORT one page STORY  to help all, understand my intentions in writing my  HISTORY IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA

THE BOOK, was recently updated with an enhanced

 50 YEAR GROWTH SNAPSHOT OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LDS IN ALTA VERAPAZ p. 344. 

However,   now reading slowly to enjoy it, I found myself making small, but crucial corrections and tiny but powerful additions, so there is now a new FINISHED VERSION SET IN STONE!”   SO ERASE ANYTHING PREVIOUS AND DOWNLOAD THE ONE NOW AVAILABLE Click on this link to READ & SEE THE DETAILS OF THE MAYA STORY https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE TO GET A QUICK IDEA ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE BOOK —with a whole bunch of movies I used to help understand–ABOUT MY MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA. There were some great times, but also sometimes scary moments, with narrow escapes from the Guerrillas, with shootouts on my plantation between the Army and the bad guysmy delivery van used afterwards to carry dead and wounded to Coban, and then interestingly once a narrow escape from the opposite side of the political spectrum–a Right-wing Death Squad that murdered 9 of the directors–including their entire families, of a cooperative I helped with in Comalapa among the Cakchiquel Indians! They considered cooperatives “communistic!” Then there was my fight with Gangbangers in Guatemala City, written about in COMBAT HANDGUNS magazine, etc., etc. for 50 years!

The MAYA book is downloadable FREE.

Click on this link to READ & SEE THE DETAILS OF THE MAYA STORY https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

IN THE APPENDIX OF THE BOOK, YOU CAN READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE

IT’S IMPORTANT TO SET GOALS…EVEN IF IN THE END YOU ONLY ACHIEVE 50-75% OF THEM. WITHOUT A GOAL TO WORK TOWARDS, LIKE “GETTING TO THE GRANDADDIES,” I LIKELY WOULDN’T BE MOTIVATED TO WORK OUT EVERY DAY TO GET STRONGER, AND LIKELY NOT EVEN BOTHER DRIVING TO THE TRAILHEAD. WITH MY GOAL SET, FOLLOWED BY WORKING TO ACHIEVE IT, I WILL BE STRONGER & FOR SURE GET HALF-WAY…..OR MAYBE ALL THE WAY & GET NEW PHOTOS OF THE INSPIRING CUTTHROAT TROUT SPAWNING IN THE CREEKS THAT FEED GRANDADDY LAKE & MUCH MORE TO INSPIRE ME TO SET A NEW GOAL!

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK WHEN I’LL SHOW YOU GLIMPSES OF:

THE NATURALIST BASIN.

THE INSPIRING SIGHT AS YOU ENTER NATURALIST BASIN:

THE WATERFALL that empties the Morat Lakes in NATURALIST BASIN.

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UPDATE SUNDAY Feb. 13, 2022 – 16 months of STRUGGLE LEARNING TO WALK AGAIN in pictures — PLUS A NEW GOAL & MULTIPLYING the CHALLENGE with 2 NEW FREE EXERCISE SYSTEMS — MORE BEAUTY FROM THE UINTAS. BOOK: My Life in the Mountains of the Maya finished…finally!

THIS IS THE HISTORY OF MY HIGH UINTA PROJECT WITH 2,000+ MILES OF BACKPACKING/EXPLORING FROM 2003-2019 WHEN I PUBLISHED MY HIGH UINTA BOOK — FOLLOWED BY A WORN-OUT SPINE WITH 4 BACK SURGERIES FROM 2012-2020 & BEING UNABLE TO WALK OR STANDUP TO TAKE A SHOWER & LOSING THE MUSCLES IN MY LEGS–ESPECIALLY THE RIGHT ONE THAT WAS DEAD — THEN LEARNING TO WALK WITH A WALKER & PUSHING MYSELF AS EXPLAINED IN PAST POSTS — THEN WITH BABY STEPS LEARNING TO WALK AGAIN WITHOUT ANY DEVISE & LEARN TO FALL WITHOUT HURTING ME & LEARN TO GET UP BY MYSELF — THEN TO FINISH THE 2021 SEASON ACTUALLY DOING A 1 MILE HIKE IN THE UINTAS USING TREKKING POLES, BUT IT HURT ME SO THE CHALLENGE CONTINUED UNTIL NOW.

I’M SHARING MY EXPERIENCE AS IT COULD BE OF HELP TO SOME OF YOU THAT LIKELY WILL HAVE CHALLENGES ALONG YOUR PATH — QUITE A FEW HAVE ASKED ME TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCE…..BASICALLY OF…… “NEVER GIVING IN, NOR GIVING UP ……….EASILY!”

This winter my exercise devise has been the stairs below the American Fork Fitness Center, gradually doing more and more laps–up & down, until getting up to doing 32 laps with the goal of doing 40 a day by backpacking season.

THESE ARE THE STAIRS BELOW THE FITNESS CENTER WHERE DAILY I HAVE BEEN WORKING TO BUILD MUSCLE and ENDURANCE.

Doing 40 laps would be equal to the elevation gain from the Grandview Trailhead up to Hades Pass that we call “THE GATEWAY TO THE GRANDADDIES.” I’ll insert below a wonderful photograph of Grandaddy Lake, the largest in the High Uinta Mountains. There are 26 alpine lakes in the Grandaddy Basin.

BUT I HAVE REALIZED THAT TO PREPARE ME FOR HIGH UINTA TRAILS–LIKE SOME STRETCHES OF THE HADES PASS TRAIL YOU SEE BELOW, THEY HAVE STEPS THAT ARE MUCH HIGHER THAN THE ONES I’VE BEEN DOING SEEN ABOVE, SO I DO THOSE STAIRS TO WARM UP, AND THEN GO EACH DAY TO WHERE THE STEPS ARE AT LEAST 50% HIGHER….YOU’LL SEE AFTER “the rocky trail.”

SO, I’M BACK TO THE AMERICAN FORK AMPHITHEATER JUST WEST OF THE LDS TEMPLE, WHICH PREVIOUS TO ALL THE PRESENT PROBLEMS I USED TO HELP KEEP ME IN SHAPE DURING THE OFF SEASON. THE STEPS HAVE HAND RAILS WHICH I NEED AS MY BALANCE ALSO VANISHED ALONG WITH MY ABILITY TO WALK.

BELOW YOU SEE ME GOING UP & DOWN.
THE STEPS BELOW THE FITNESS CENTER WERE 7″. HERE THEY AVERAGE 11 INCHES THAT HAS MY RIGHT LEG–THAT FOR MONTHS WAS DEAD–FEEL AN OBVIOUS DIFFERENCE & NEED OF THIS UPGRADE IN HOPES OF BEING READY FOR THE UINTAS. I HAVE BEEN DOING DAILY 10 LAPS AT THE FITNESS CENTER, THEN 10 LAPS HERE–A “LAP” BEING UP & DOWN. I WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE THE LAPS. I ALSO DAILY DO SOME WALKING ON THE STREET USING THE WALKER, and ALTERNATE WALKING, THEN JOGGING, 20 to 30 YARDS EACH TIME–which has my legs feeling sore afterwards indicating that it is helping to build muscle and increase my strength & endurance.

AS I EXPLAINED IN THE PREVIOUS POST, THE ABOVE EXERCISES ARE DONE 5 DAYS A WEEK. FOR THE 6th DAY I GO EAST TO THE FOOT OF MT. TIMPANOGOS, AND USE THE GROVE CANYON TRAIL. AS SEEN BELOW–for last week–USING TREKKING POLES I HEADED UP THE TRAIL FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES TO WHERE THE TRAIL LEAVES THE ROAD & WILL ADD ON ABOUT 100 YARDS/WEEK.

THIS WAS LAST WEEK Feb. 6th.
THIS WAS THIS WEEK. I GOT TO THE TRAIL and THEN HIKED FOR ABOUT 10-15 MINUTES MORE THAT I ESTIMATED WERE AT LEAST THE ADDITIONAL 100 YARDS FOR THIS WEEK & WILL KEEP ADDING ON AND LENGTHENING THE DISTANCE and HOPEFULLY BE ABLE TO DO SOME BACKPACKING IN THE UINTAS IN MY 87th YEAR.

EVERYTHING I’M DESCRIBING LIKELY SEEMS SORT OF “MICKEY MOUSE” FOR MOST OF YOU, BUT CONSIDERING THAT A YEAR AGO I COULDN’T EVEN WALK, & STILL HAVE THE DANGEROUS MISALIGNMENT OF MY SPINE WITH CONSTANT PAIN–but I think is gradually being reduced as I exercise more, I FEEL EXTREMELY BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO DO WHAT I’M DOING–and I CAN ADD THAT IT FEELS WONDERFUL TO HAVE AGAIN DEVELOPING MUSCLES THAT ACTUALLY FEEL THE SORENESS & STIFFNESS THAT COMES AFTER A HEAVY WORKOUT!

NEXT I WILL GRADUATE TO THE HIGHER STEP UPS–SEEN BELOW AT THE Amphitheater, but with NO HAND RAILS, so will use my trekking poles, and hope to get strong enough with good balance to not need the poles–and then be ready for the HIGH UINTAS!

NOW…….AGAIN WE GO INTO THE HIGH UINTA WILDERNESS from the CHRISTMAS MEADOWS/STILLWATER TRAILHEAD ON THE NORTH SLOPE.

LAST WEEK WE WENT UP STILLWATER FORK OF THE BEAR RIVER and SAW KERMSUH, RYDER & McPHEETERS LAKES. BACK DOWN THE TRAIL, BEFORE THE KERMSUH TRAIL, or 2.4 miles up from the Trailhead, WE COME TO A SIGN POINTING TO THE EAST WITH A TRAIL THAT CLIMBS UP ALONG OSTLER FORK OF THE BEAR RIVER, OUT OF THE CANYON LEADING US TO THE AMETHYST BASIN. My book gives all the distances, and information, including topographical maps of the beautiful area with Ostler Peak on our right. Along the way you can go off-trail to visit Salamander Lake, then continue up into the high country with large Amethyst Lake at the end of the trail, but along way are also off-trail Ostler Lake, as well as Toomset Lake. I’ll insert photos of Ostler Lake with my daughter Mahana fishing and Ostler Peak in the background, and then Amethyst Lake with it’s turquoise colored waters.

OSTLER LAKE REFLECTS OSTLER PEAK with my daughter Mahana doing some early morning fishing.

From the north end of Ostler Lake, if you go off-trail down along the edge of the mountain you come to TOOMSET LAKE, seen below. It is small, but full of colorful brook trout.

At the head of the Amethyst Basin is found quite large and beautiful–with its turquoise colored waters–AMETHYST LAKE.

AMETHYST LAKE with far in the distance what I call THE OSTLER SADDLE from which the next photograph of Amethyst Lake is taken .
AMETHYST LAKE from the OSTLER SADDLE. The color of its water varies depending on the time of the season, so you won’t always see the turquoise color. To get here I climbed up from the headwaters of the Rock Creek Drainage on the South Slope, going off-trail above Helen and Lightning Lakes.

Below we are still in the Rock Creek Drainage on the South Slope of the Uintas, looking north over Brinkley Lake at the southern side of Ostler Peak.

We are here viewing OSTLER PEAK’S south side, across Brinkley Lake, from the South Slope’s Rock Creek Drainage.

All of the information on what wonderful areas are accessible from the Christmas Meadows/Stillwater Trailhead, including topographical maps with distances inserted, and updated information on the fishing in each lake, and much more, is found in my book seen printed below–but available online. Once you have it on your computer you can put it on a thumb-drive and have your favorite printer make for you a copy as seen below. Scrolling down you will find information on the printer I use. Or you can print yourself the pages you will need for your backpack, and take the print-out with you to guide you in your adventure.

To get an online copy of this book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTAS, send me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. Send to: Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

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MY SECOND BOOK THAT DETAILS MY 68 YEAR LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE MAYA — WITH OVER 1,000 COLOR PHOTOS

THE HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS A DILEMMA THAT ALL SEEKERS OF TRUTH SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN….CLARIFYIED with VOLTAIRE’S COMMENT……scroll down to the beginning of the last post to see what he said….

Click on this link to READ & SEE THE DETAILS OF THE MAYA STORY https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

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WILL BE UPDATED TOMORROW: Sunday, Feb. 13th. IN THE MEANTIME CHECK OUT THIS POST TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVEN’T MISSED SOMETHING……Scroll down to last post for info on dealing with Covid-19 & any variations. MAYA BOOK– quoting VOLTAIRE. Now… MY NEW CHALLENGE….GETTING READY FOR THE HIGH UINTA ’22 SEASON …INTO THE HILLS! EACH WEEK I’LL FOCUS ON info & photos of WILDERNESS AREAS: This week, the Eastern half accessible from Christmas Meadows/Stillwater Trailhead area….

MY PRINTED COPY OF THE FINISHED HISTORY AMONG THE MAYA

THE HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS A DILEMMA THAT ALL SEEKERS OF TRUTH SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN….CLARIFYIED with VOLTAIRE’S COMMENT (get the book and see for yourself the details):

“THOSE WHO CAN MAKE YOU BELIEVE ABSURDITIES, CAN GET YOU TO COMMIT ATROCITIES!”

Click to download: A FIFTY YEAR “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” AMONG MY PEOPLE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA

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NOW TO THE HIGH UINTA WILDERNESS

CHRISTMAS MEADOWS & OSTLER PEAK and SPREAD EAGLE MOUNTAIN

This wonderful area is on the North Slope, accessed from the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, north and down from Hayden Pass/entrance to the Highline Trailhead. All the information is found in my HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS BOOK, pages 179-187. On my FACEBOOK PAGE I inserted pictures of Kermsuh and McPheeters Lakes–you can see going to: https://www.facebook.com/cordell.andersen . Below I’ll insert a beautiful picture of Ryder Lake mistakenly not included in my book as it is a breathtaking panorama. Climbing up from Ryder Lake to the right is above timberline McPheeters Lake, I’ll include below McPheeters, by the way it produces larger cutthroat trout than Ryder (which itself produces larger than normal trout).

RYDER LAKE IN MIDDLE BASIN OF THE STILLWATER FORK OF THE BEAR RIVER
McPHEETERS LAKE WITH MT. AGASSIZ on the left, and HAYDEN PEAK on the right.

In Middle Basin there are also several smaller lakes with fish, information in my UINTA BOOK, including topographical maps, and all the information you might need to have a great experience in West Basin, with Kermsuh Lake, and then in this Middle Basin–which I have to add, as I was reminded on FACEBOOK by my HIGH UINTA FRIEND, MIKE PACKARD, is accessible by real adventurers like him, by climbing that saddle to the right center from the Highline Trail area. Don’t attempt it unless you are a confirmed expert mountain climber!

HERE I AM IN 2017 ON ONE OF MY LAST BACKPACKS–INTO “THE GRANDADDIES” WITH TED PACKARD, MY ORIGINAL HIGH UINTA FRIEND WHO INTRODUCED ME TO THE UINTAS 70 YEARS AGO, & HIS SON MIKE WHO MADE THE ABOVE COMMENT.

To get an online copy of this book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTAS, send me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. Send to: Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

NOW A WORD OR TWO ABOUT MY PREPARATION TO MAKE ANOTHER COMBEBACK IN MY 87th YEAR IN 2022–Never promised to be easy!

I persist working on learning to walk with my baby steps, along with hiking, and climbing, 5 days a week with my NO COST EXERCISE UNIT seen below and one a week in the foothills using my previously hated trekking poles–as I can’t risk a fall that could kill me due to my misaligned spine.

I’m working on building muscles again in my legs, and developing again balance, I do the pushup thing daily, gradually increasing the repetitions, along with using my two 8 lb. barbells while watching TV–BYU ladies in a great comeback just beating Gonzaga— to build my upper body.

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES

THIS IS “THE GRANDADDY TRAIL” up from the Grandview Trailhead, above the bridge and is the first switchback up from the Wilderness Sign–TO MANUEVER THIS FOR ME–normally would be almost suicide.…so– WILL REQUIRE A NEW EXERCISE DEVISE & WORKOUT I WILL SHOW YOU IN THE NEXT POST on the weekend.

I can’t have much weight on my back anymore, so am working on extreme lightweight equipment changes, 5>>10 lbs. on my shoulders/back, and the rest in a couple of waist packs.

This is the 4.5 lb. survival pack I used last season for my historic 1 mile backpack last year to Fehr Lake. I will build on this base pack, adding enough to first do an over-nighter, then build on that.

All of that above must sound like a joke for all of you, but considering I couldn’t even walk for a time last year, and the life-threatening misalign ment of my spine–IT IS MONUMENTAL!……For my 2,000+ miles of backpacking/exploring in the Uintas to do my book, I did work on “lightweight backpacking” but I should have done better–like I’m now forced to do–and if I had of done so, I likely could have avoided wearing out my back/spine and still be doing long backpacks, rather than the “mickey mouse” ones I’m now preparing for!

AFTER 5 DAYS ON THE STAIRS……MY WEEKLY HIKE INTO THE MOUNTAINS

No vegetation sprouting, much less flowers, but rather a fascinating FOSSIL found along the trail. Always keep your eyes wide open for the wonderful VISIONS OF NATURE all around us. Doing so will make even a difficult hike, AN INSPIRING PLEASURE!

ONE OF THE WONDERMENTS OF THE LORD’S FASCINATING CREATION!

I got to where the trail leaves the road to begin switchbacking up the canyon. Each week I’ll add about 100 yards–which doesn’t sound like much, but by the time backpacking opens up in the Uintas, it will almost equal getting to Hades Pass “the Gateway to the Grandaddies!

I’LL KEEP YOU INFORMED…..IN THE MEANTIME GET MY BOOK & BEGIN PREPARING FOR A GREAT INSPIRATIONAL BACKPACKING/EXPLORING & FISHING/PHOTOGRAPHING SEASON!

UPDATED Jan. 30th: The omicron variant & Covid-19 CHALLENGE!…….Let’s all in 2022 do our darndest to NEVER GIVE IN, NOR GIVE UP……EASILY! I’m learning to walk, hike and climb & AGAIN WILL BACKPACK IN 2022! — MY PROGRESS — The finished BOOK ABOUT MY LIFE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA –is free to download.

DOWNLOAD OF THE BOOK FREE.

I’ll comment on my 70 years dedicated to that cause further along.

NOW TO THINGS RELATED TO MY BELOVED…..

A PERSONAL NOTE……I’m still doing my darndest to NOT GIVE UP and learning to walk again, but…..

………….….. I don’t have my mommy or special loving friend to help me, but THAT’S NO EXCUSE!

Posted on Friday or Saturday (1/14-15/22): OH, & BY THE WAY, AS I’M DOING SO I HAVE the omicron variant of the virus, WITH MY EFFECTIVE PROTECTION, IT IS NOT SLOWING ME DOWN MUCH AT ALL….EVEN IN MY 86th YEAR….see DETAILS below:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Now…a few days after the above announcement….I am over what I assumed was omicron, it only lasting 4 or 5 days being much less than the average cold–in fact it was like a cold, but with a strange twist–a stuffed up nose and even stranger nasal drip like I’ve never had until now–so I assumed it was omicron as Googling it, that kind of thing is the first symptom they list, and during it I didn’t have to change my daily life, nor miss my exercise going up and down the stairs, but did reduce my laps to 10/day for the 14th thru the 16th, but today the 17th, will be back up to increasing to 26 laps my routine! That’s what resulted from having purposely exposed myself to–as I considered myself in good health–and had Covid-19 back in June 2020 that I got through fine in my 85th year intentionally acquiring natural immunity, and maintaining my healthy life even with my back surgeries and complications. SEE THE DETAILS BELOW.

WE SEE BELOW MY CHEAP EXERCISE DEVISE — as close to hiking in the UINTAS as possible close to home, getting ready for the 2022 HIGH UINTAS BACKPACKING SEASON & I PROMISE YOU I WILL DO SOME BACKPACKING! The following stairs below the American Fork Fitness Center, is where daily I’m going up and down to keep my legs awake, and build the muscle I need!

UP & DOWN is ONE LAP…..today, January 19th, up to 30 laps, and adding one more each day as long as my exercise devise is FREE OF ICE. It’s looking south so snow and ice melts quickly. NOTE: That equals over 700 feet of elevation gain–a comparison is that from the Grandview Trailhead to Hades Pass from where you drop into the Grandaddies, it is around 1,000 feet of elevation gain. I will continue to increase 1 lap each time, but every other day– the other day I will go with my walker a mile or so, and intermittingly jog always with the walker, and gradually increase the distance. If I can get the lower back pain to reduce, I eventually will do that without the walker, and the STAIRS without touching the hand rail, and in the Spring begin doing the foothills with the goal of doing some BACKPACKING IN THE HIGH UINTAS THIS SUMMER!

It has a hand rail I need, as I can’t afford to take a fall–that could paralyze or kill me– as you might remember the dangerous misalignment of my spine.

Hey all you HIGH UINTA FRIENDS, now you’ve got to help me find a

Uinta trail WITH A HAND RAIL!

I’ll go inside the Center, when forced to by the weather, but it will have to be bad–as doing my exercise outside, no matter how cold–will help me most GET STRONGER ……….or KILL ME! Of course STRONGER IS WHAT I’M AFTER and I will happily risk the other as

I’m NOT GIVING UP…..EASILY!

From now until BACKPACKING SEASON I’LL BE GRADUALLY INCREASING MY LAPS OF THE STAIRS UNTIL I REACH THE 1,000 foot ELEVATION GAIN in one day FROM THE GRANDVIEW TRAILHEAD to HADES PASS and BACK DOWN & THEN BEGIN GRADUALLY CARRYING LIGHT LOADS–only 5 lbs. or so on my back, but with several waist packs that shouldn’t affect my dangerous back situation!

The omicron variant CHALLENGE!

The treatment I outline in my HIGH UINTA BOOK for colds/flu or any “unwellness,” page 635, is basically what you see below, but using the WELLNESS FORMULA’S suggestion “if needing added support” plus adding DEFENSE PLUS (a formula a bit different than Wellness, but added gives a more complete and powerful boost to your immune system), along with Zinc.

THIS GOT ME THROUGH THE ORIGINAL COVID-19 WITH ONLY A 99.9 FEVER FOR ONE DAY, NO RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS, ONLY DAILY HEADACHES FOR A FEW DAYS & LOSS OF TASTE & SMELL, BUT I BASICALLY CONTINUED MY NORMAL ROUTINE, DOING MY SHOPPING & TAKING CARE OF MYSELF. I DID GET TESTED THAT SHOWED I DID HAVE THE VIRUS, BUT WITH NO PROBLEMS & less today with the omicron variant all with just natural immunity.

THE MAIN LESSON FROM MY INITIAL EXPERIENCE & HAVING THE VARIANT, IS: GET IN GOOD HEALTH, EXERCISE AND BE AS STRONG AS POSSIBLE, and OVERCOME & AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE THOSE PESKY PROBLEM CONDITIONS THAT CAUSE DEATH!

THIS SHOULD BE ABOVE ALL WHAT WE LEARN FROM THIS–GET IN SHAPE, GET RID OF THOSE DEATHLY CONDITIONS–EAT HEALTHY including NUTRITIOUS WEEDS–dandelions, purslane & MACUY–the Guatemalan weed that saved the Mayans!

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REMEMBER MY HIGH UINTA BOOK MAKES FOR GREAT WINTER-TIME READING & PLANNING FOR THE NEXT BACKPACKING or AUTO-LOOP TOUR SEASONS OF THE UINTA MOUNTAINS

…….and APPENDIX 5, pages 616-649

“THE ANTI-AGING CHALLENGE: Why, What & How”

It is worth much more than its weight in GOLD!

MANY THINK THAT IT MAKES A GREAT GIFT

–by purchasing the download link, or a thumb drive, and passing it on to your friends. Too late for Christmas, but all during 2022 there are birthdays, Valentines Day, Mother & Father Days, and then Christmas 2022. Scroll down to get information…….WHAT THE HECK HERE IS HOW YOU GET IT:

Send me $20, cash or check, to Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003, including your email address, and I’ll email you the link to get the book on your computer. If you want a printed copy of the two volume set, put the book on a thumb drive and take to your favorite printer, mine is: COPYTEC, 185 West 200 South, Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062, Tel. 801-785-3680.

If you just want to print the Anti-Aging Challenge section, specify the page numbers and they can do that. THEY DO AN EXCELLENT JOB.

This was done by several, one whose note is inserted below–with her permission:

What I’ve abbreviated as THE MAYA BOOK is NOW FINISHED & available.

Get more information at: GUATEMALAN FOUNDATION

During my actual 70 years dedicated to the “MAYA CAUSE” that started with an NDE when I was 16 years old, until now–in spite of “friendly fire–or criticism” saying the whole effort was imagined by them to be a scam for me to build a business empire and get rich, I never charged a dime for all that effort, and supported myself and family WITH MY WORK as described in the book–so I’m not about to start making a profit off of that effort--with DOWNLOAD OF THE BOOK FREE. I just hope and pray that there will be one or two honest individuals of influence who will study carefully the history, and then DO WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO.

The 557 page book detailing my adventurous life in the Mountains of the Maya, entitled, A FIFTY YEAR “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” AMONG MY PEOPLE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA, is now finished with many new exciting additions and episodes, including on the 2nd page a Table of Contents listing the page numbers for the “33 MEMORABLE EFFORTS, EVENTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS” along with over 1,200 color photographs from “THE LAND WHERE COLOR WAS INVENTED.”

The TABLE OF CONTENTS can be seen below, but the entire book can only be seen by downloading it to your computer by clicking on the above title, and is FREE.

Here’s a movie-montage of crucial movies I learned from  during that half century of experience giving us all needed perspective and helped us survive through what I once called a 

“fascinating history of human conflict & triumph” 

OPPS!  I forgot what from my “simple man” and “pioneer” perspective was and is really important…

TABLE OF CONTENTS
This is the life-long history of Cordell M. Andersen & families, including the incredible help of many friends through the Guatemalan Foundation, all updated & reorganized in more accurate chronological order, and with a General TABLE OF CONTENTS with page numbers – finished in December 2021 with exciting additions that enhance understanding, and new….…..candid “rest of the story” details, especially in
Part 1: The VISION QUEST, &
Part 4: The FINAL REVIEW of the “VISION QUEST” FULFILLMENT AMONG THE MAYA in
GUATEMALA
Part 1: 0-22 years THE VISION QUEST: A Checkered Faith & Works Journey
Pages 3-79 – 77 color photos
Part 2: 22-31 years THE MYSTERIOUS CAUSE and PREPARATION TO ACT
Nine Years Finding the Faith to Make the..….Journey to the Land of the Mayas
Pages 81-121 – 87 color photos
Part 3: 31-38 years THE 1967 RISKY PIONEER JOURNEY TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA
Pages 123-173 – – 91 color photos
Part 4: 31-81 years THE FINAL REVIEW of the “VISION QUEST” MAYA FULFILLMENT
Pages 175-550 – 861 color photos
33 MEMORABLE EFFORTS, EVENTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS (“items”)

1. Traveling movie, Cine Chapinlandia..………………………………………………………………………… …p. 192
2. Poultry Farm—Granja y Tienda la Cabana, 1st in North Central Guatemala……………p. 197
3. Valparaiso Plantation—Ancient Fortified City……………………………… …………………..……p. 200
4. Education & Philosophy & Principles of the Good Life (Method)………………….…… ….p. 229
5. Bible-like “Miracle of Elvira”……………………………………………………………………………..………p. 235
6. Creation of Unique Methods of Teaching Cleanliness & Nutrition…………….……………p. 239
7. Organization of The Foundation for Indian Development………………..…………….……..…p. 247
8. The CID, Center for Indian Development “Oasis of hope & justice for poor”…………p. 248
9. Students 1st LDS fulltime missionaries for 3 Mayan language groups…………..….. ..p. 249
10. Carl Jacob and strawberry production introduced into Guatemala…………..…….…..p. 251
11. Las Victorias Dairy, largest in Northern Guatemala………………………………………….…… .p. 251
12. Early LDS history in Alta Verapaz, story human conflict & triumph………………………p. 263
13. BYU Lamanite Generation “miracle” and losing “Pepita”………………..………………..……p. 297
14. The GREAT EARTHQUAKE, CID #2 Las Mercedes, Communism in Guatemala….p. 304
15. Organization of LDS A.V. District history, extreme unrighteousness again……….…p. 306
16. Greatest missionary adventure of my life” in the Polochic area………….………….……p. 329
17. BYU Distinguished Service Award, Church Historian comments, work manuals…p. 348
18. International ( Adoption) Baby Smuggling Scandal and those responsible……..….p. 351
19. Helping LDS missionary work in the Quito/Ecuador Mission, strange reversal ….p. 355
20. From 1980 on removed LDS image from work, multiplied Mayans helped…… .…p. 359
21. Greatest Soccer Tournament of my life—The Lamanite Youth champions…………p. 361
22. Establishment of the Valparaiso Community, aided potable water, electricity …p. 363
23. 1981-1982 became AYUDA representative, reorganized Patzicia Credit Co-o…p. 366
24. Supported Cunen projects for 10 years……………………………………………………………..…..p. 367
25. Spirit of Cine Chapinlandia showing TEN COMMANDMENTS to 10,000 peoplep. 368
26. For 32 years built and managed Andersen College in Patzicia for needy children.p. 369
27. Constructed Ariel & Ines Andersen Chuluc School, paid teacher for 30 years …p. .371
28. “Rest of story” from 1971-2002 told, life at THE FARM OF THE HOLY MAN…… ..p. 372
29. “Biggest mistake—A Great Success!& “rest of story” 2002-20, FAREWELLS..p. 469
30. Museum of the Holy Man………………………………………….…………………………………………….…p. 505
31. Partnership with Garth Norman, Tree of Life—Izapa Project then to Valparaiso .p. 507
32. Last “goodbye,” a funny story, coincidental meeting my Indian Queen, again…. p. 532
33. The greatest blessing /accomplishment, “MY 15 DUNDERHEAD KIDS” …….……..p. 535


CONCLUSIONS—SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE & MY HOPE—
THANKS TO ALL
Last page of BOOK: Theodore Roosevelt’s famous statement,


“HE WHO DARES

If you aren’t familiar with that great statement, you’ll have to go to the BOOK and scroll down to the last page.

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP, nor GIVE IN…..EASILY!

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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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