Mt. Olympus is not the tallest mountain peak in Salt Lake City's Rocky Mountain range, but it is one of the most recognizable, and the trail to the southern peak is a favorite among Utah's hiking enthusiasts. My childhood bedroom window looked out on Mt. Olympus, and because of this, part of me has always considered it to be my mountain. For years I have pledged to conquer the mountain, and since I'm facing the prospect of uprooting from Salt Lake next year, I decided there was no better time than the present to make good on that goal.
So my friend Sov and I have spent most of the summer preparing for a hike up the 4 mile-long trail to the southern summit of Mt. Olympus. The majority of my previous hiking experiences have taken place in southern Utah, and so this summer afforded me the opportunity to see some really beautiful northern Utah terrain as we prepared for the big hike. Later on I'll post some photographic highlights from our preparatory hikes, but for now I'm posting some exciting, thrilling, and yes, even titillating video footage of our October 9th hike up Mt. Olympus!
Alright, so the video might not actually be one or more of those adjectives, but if you are interested in seeing what it's like to take a 9 hour hike up and down the side of a 4,000 ft mountain peak, then this video might appeal to you. Thanks to Sov for synthesizing roughly 40 minutes of footage into a 10-minute clip, and for being a committed and supportive hiking buddy, without whom I doubt I could have achieved this feat.
(P.S., Make sure to jump over to SovKnight.com to read Sov's description of the hike, which is much more descriptive than mine. [Hey, I just got back from Berkeley and I'm tired! More on that tomorrow.])
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