It was 34 degrees in the Valley and much colder at the trailhead when we started. Apart from the cold, there was snow on the ground which made Lars and I second guess our choice of half tights. Unfortunately there was nothing we could do about it so we doubled up on the jackets and headed out.
My ankle is still a little achy (especially when running fast) so I took the lead from the get go to keep the pace in check. Both those guys are known to gun it just to make others uncomfortable and I didn't want to be their victim. Once we hit Timpanogos Basin I stopped to take a few pictures which I think they took as a sign of weakness. They ran by as I took a few, I put my camera away, and the next thing I knew they were half way to the saddle. I guess they don't tolerate lollygaggers very well.
After a a few shouts they waited and let me catch up. Once I did I started screwing around again and took more pictures. I certainly made us slower but it was a beautiful day running under blue skies and through knee deep wind-drifted powder so I figured it was worth it. Not quite the run we originally had in mind but we can't complain. As always Timpanogos delivered. Also, slipping all the way back to the car sure made us excited for ski season...
|Lightning Ridge covered in snow|
|The boys coming up|
|And running away|
|Tom closing in on the saddle|
|Just over the saddle, running in wind drifts|
|More wind drift|
|First time on Timp|
|Looking down towards Emerald Lake|
|Tom and Lars heading home|