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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