Itís nice having a newspaper report contributing to this forum. These articles are great and the photos are gorgeous. I had problems with the Quicktime panoramas but thatís a more tech problem on my end. But Iím sure theyíre going to be great. While weíre collecting paper, this would be a good one too.
Towering feat: 2 Utahns scale state's 3 highest peaks in 13 hours
By Lynn Arave
Published Thursday, August 28, 2003
Deseret Morning News
It's likely the "triple crown" of Utah hiking ó reaching the top of the state's three tallest summits, all about 1.8 miles higher than Temple Square, on the same day, not by helicopter or any artificial means but by plain old leg power.
Call, 48, of Farmington (also a Deseret Morning News photographer), earned the rare triple crown after almost 13 hours of hiking.
Kings Peak (13,528 feet above sea level), South Kings (13,512) and Gilbert Peak (13,442) are these three lofty prizes that are, fortunately, within a seven or so mile radius of each other
He said three false summits were the hardest part of the final of the three climbs, to Gilbert Peak, located straight east of Dollar Lake.
However, even from a nearby base camp with a 4:40 a.m. start, this one day's effort involved almost 6,000 vertical feet of climbing and scrambling over a 24-mile distance in thin air where there's about 40 percent less oxygen than at sea level. (This also doesn't count the almost nine miles in and nine miles out of backpacking required to reach the base camp in two separate, other days.)
Climbing Kings Peak is a true test of endurance
Difficulty-wise, Don W. Holmes, who wrote "Highpoints of the United States," ranks Kings Peak as a "Class 2, strenuous" hike, exceeded only by the highest summit in six other states ó Alaska, Wyoming, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon and Montana.
Despite the difficulty with this hike, hundreds and perhaps thousands of Utahns each summer attempt to scale Kings Peak.
For example, the trail-head register book at Henry's Fork (closest access point to Kings), from Aug. 11-16 included 156 total hikers, 120 of whom declared that Kings was their ultimate destination. There's no way to know for sure how many of those 120 actually made it to the summit, but probably most did.
Grant Holman, 9, of West Jordan, was probably the youngest hiker to summit Kings on Aug. 15, and he said the altitude had made him a little sick. But that didn't stop him from playing inside a large hole in the center of the flat rock slabs that adorn the summit.
His brother, Caleb Holman, 10, thought backpacking into camp was harder than the day's hike to Kings. "The view up here is cool," he said.