For years I've looked out upon the north east side of Utah Valley, and stared at one of the most beautiful mountains that I've seen. Timpanogos. It's the second highest mountain in the Wasatch Front, and towers ruffly 7,000 feet over the valley floor. It's a beautiful mountain, and is a pretty fun hike during the summer. On the other hand, few people summit the mountain during the winter, and even fewer tackle the face for their accent.
However, it's alway been a dream of mine to ski it. I've looked upon it for ten years, scouted my line, and have studied it extensively, yet, i've never made a winter accent. That's all about to change this year, or at least that's the plan. Well, partially. I plan on doing a mountaineering trek up and back, and see how I feel about skiing the sheer face of the monster.
A group of us have packed together in training for this expedition, and have been eager to get to the summit. I started trail running this past summer, to get to the base of the mountain. Seeing how it's a 3000 foot elevation gain just to the base, I never made it before the snow melt.
Yet, soon after the first snow, my main climbing partner and dear friend and I made it to the base. We thought it would be good to start the training early, and get some experience in before it was too late.
As I begin to take an account of this training, I hope I am able to provide positive advice on nutrition, and training techniques that will help others on their own expeditions. However, I know that a lot of the people I associate with are already well a head of me in their own trainings, I hope to encourage others to take on new goals, and climb new mountains.
As for the accent to the base, and the beginning of training for me it was a 2.8 mile stretch of continual elevation gain that was not thought out enough. I put in a half day at work, and didn't eat lunch. No snacks were brought, and I had 2L of water. My pack with water weight, and camera gear weighed in ruffly at 15.5lbs. This is ruffly half of what I'll be carrying when attempting to summit the mountain.
Now, 15lbs isn't much, but being weighed down with layers of clothing, and also fatigue makes a short elevated hike a lot harder. Also, I'll say often times we think different under the mind set of the unknown, and this hike was unknown, and so will the accent of Timpanogos. I once heard the saying that we climb the mountain here (pointing to the head), and that it's far beyond physical strength. It's will power, and perseverance, and determination. We'll see how true to point this is come February.
I've since cut sugar out of my diet, and will be limiting meat intake. I know now that I must eat better wile on expeditions, and up my intake of water. I must think smarter, and work harder. I climb upwards of three times a week, at the gym, and ski when I can. Recreational exercise is good, but we're coming up on the one month mark before we attempt to summit. I start the real training tomorrow. I'll follow up from then on Friday.
Oh, as of why I'm using my photography site to journal this expedition has to do with convince. Hopefully, I'll be able to obtain some cool images from this expedition, but if not, it's a site to document my training and conditioning.