“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
I was so very unwell this morning. My legs ached and I hadn’t slept well. My body needs a rest. I keep forgetting I’m still healing and my body is working hard and hasn’t adjusted to the increased activity I’ve been forcing it through.
So what do you do? I considered an abbreviated trail experience today, but had one major internal conflict: there are only two days a month when all my kids are in school for the entire day. That means I get about 5 hours to myself and I tend to plan epic excursions for these precious few days. I had missed my earlier date in December due to my business trip to Salt Lake, so this was my only chance for the month.
I still had my life, my freedom. I decided to embrace it.
Mt. Garfield is no easy hike. Dennis did it as part of his “weeding out” SAR training- had to climb it with a 40 lb pack on- so you know it’s tough. It’s soul purpose is to get you to the top and fast. That’s nearly 2200 ft elevation over about 2.5 miles. That’s a little steeper than the Liberty Cap trail I did the other day.
I’ve looked forward to this hike for ages- ever since Tristan had claimed this to be one of the best short hikes he’d ever done. That’s HUGE coming from him. I recommend you read his blog post about Mt. Garfield here, and be sure to check out his other many adventures here.
I think for this post I will let the pictures tell the story. This is one that I hope anyone reading this will want to do themselves. I’ve also done my share of excellent summit hikes, and this one is second-only to Mt. Timpanogos, in my book.