By Michael R Kelsey
2nd Edition. This is a guide to Utah’s best-known mountain & mountain hike, Mt. Timpanogos. This book’s emphasis is on hiking and climbing to the mountains dozen or so peaks, and to the 7 high cirque basins. For this 2nd Edition, the author spent about 14 months re-climbing almost all peaks in summer & winter; but the winter of 2018-19 was very snowy, and there weren’t many times when it was safe to climb with big time snow, and big avalanches! But in the process, he re-learned how to climb in winter–actually it was in the spring months–but it was winter up there! So this writers knowledge of winter climbing got pretty good after a few years absence. Other subjects are also covered. These include 2 chapters on the history of Provo and American Fork Canyons, Robert Redfords’ Timp Heaven, then Sundance Ski Resorts, hydroelectric power plants, the Heber Creeper–now the Heber Valley Railway, the former historic Annual Timp Hike, Timp Cave, 4 airplane crashes, hiking deaths and even murders on the mountain (Ted Bundy left one of his girls in American Fork Canyon!). Also, geology, Timp’s Rocky Mountain goats, and newly planted big horn sheep & wild turkeys are discussed.
Additional Photo Captions:
One of 2 airplane engines resting at the eastern base of Bomber Peak, one of several high summits on Utah’s Mt. Timpanogos. The crash of a B25 on March 9, 1955 left wreckage over a wide area–and it’s still there–including both engines. This foto was taken September 12, 2010. Full details of this crash are found in this Timp Guide; 2nd Edition.
In the spring of 2017, Utah Country hired construction crews to remove what remained of the facilities at the top of the tramway at Bridal Veil Falls. The cliff face his been given back to nature. More details of this are told in this 2nd Edition. In addition to an update on Bridal Veil Falls, will be the full story of the Upper Falls or Donnan’s Resort located about 800 meters upcanyon to the east from Bridal Veil Falls
2nd Edition (2019)