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United States : Utah

23.1 miles (37.2 km) NNW of Helper (Carbon), Wasatch, UT, USA
Approx. altitude: 2740 m (8989 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 40°S 69°E

Accuracy: 2.2 km (1.4 mi)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Driving towards Soldier Summit #3: Tim's nice truck #4: Tim, Lisa and Becky climbing up the hill #5: Making postholes through the snow #6: Track log

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#1: Snowfield where I gave up

(visited by Terje Mathisen, Tim Myers, Becky Myers and Lisa Myers)

26-Apr-2003 -- We followed US Hwy 6 from Utah valley towards Soldier Summit, where we started up on the dirt road towards the confluence.

The road was somewhat bad, due to spring melt, but we made it quite a long way up on the mountain, before we had to park the truck.

At this point we were about 3.5 km from the confluence, and more than 200 m lower than it, so we realized that it would take at least an hour to get there. However, by the time had gotten to within 2.2 km, the girls were getting a bit tired mostly due to all the extra distance we had to cover trying to avoid snowfields.

At this point we decided that it would be best if Tim took the girls back to the truck, while I ran along. Unfortunately, it turned out that we were a few weeks too early, since the snow cover got a lot heaver as I went further up the hill. By the time I made it up to where the road passes in summertime, I was in the middle of a huge snowfield, where I sank down to my thighs on every step.

Since I by this time hadn't been able to get any closer to the confluence at all, I realized that it would be impossible to get there without skis this day, so I turned around, ran down the hill and caught up with the others just before we all got down to the truck again.


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#1: Snowfield where I gave up
#2: Driving towards Soldier Summit
#3: Tim's nice truck
#4: Tim, Lisa and Becky climbing up the hill
#5: Making postholes through the snow
#6: Track log
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