Annual Kings Peak Ski Tour

Annual Kings Peak Ski Tour

Lynn Arave
Lynn Arave

March 6th, 2002, 6:27 pm #1

Such snow travel isn't my thing, but the Wasatch Mountain Club of Salt Lake City is sponsoring its annual one-day snow trip to Kings Peak on Saturday, March 30.
A hardy group does this every last Saturday in March using headlamps and standard backcountry ski gear.
Snowshoers are welcome, but since they can't glide downhill, such users have to turn around earlier.
The group will do this tour despite the weather, but they evaluate the situation from Henry's Fork.
It's usually one long day trek, though club organizers stress even only going to Elk Horn Crossing or Gunsight Pass is a worthwile experience in winter.
A friend of mine went last year, made it to Gunsight and did say it was worth it.
The group camps at the Henry's Fork Parking area Friday to get an early Saturday start.
For more info. on the trip, Call Steve Swanson at 1-801-272-5750, or Larry Swanson at 1-801-583-4043.

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roger
roger

March 12th, 2002, 5:36 pm #2

On sunny afternoons and weekends, drive along Wasatch Boulevard above the Salt Lake Valley and below Mount Olympus and you probably will see mountain climbers practicing their moves on an outcropping of quartzite.
For more than half a century, that place has been known as Pete's Rock.
Its namesake, the late O'Dell Petersen -- "Pete" to his friends -- knew the Wasatch Mountains like some know their own back yards. And he enjoyed sharing what he learned.
When he returned from a hike or ski tour, Petersen recorded the events of the day in a notebook. Now, 70 years later, those journals -- carefully preserved by his daughter, Linda Connors of Bountiful -- provide a glimpse back to a time when the Wasatch Mountains were without ski lifts and development. They offer a history of what has become the playground to the metropolitan Salt Lake Valley.

Petersen was 26 at the time and had already been a member of the Wasatch Mountain Club for nine years. He remained a member for 73 years, until his death in October at age 90.
He helped develop the organization's climbing program, including outings to the large outcropping at the base of Mt. Olympus used for practice climbing and instruction -- Pete's Rock.
"They used to go up to Storm Mountain," recalled Petersen's son Thyce of Chandler, Ariz. "But that was a long trip up the canyon just to practice rock climbing. One day, when he was hiking Mt. Olympus, he decided Pete's Rock would be a good place to practice."

Mt. Olympus was one of Petersen's favorite hikes. In the early 1930s, he only had enough money for a streetcar ride. Since the route from Salt Lake City ended at 3300 South and Highland Drive, that was where the hike would begin.

http://www.sltrib.com/03112002/utah/718245.htm

More Pete's Rock:


http://utahrockclimbing.com/PetesTrav.html

http://www.climbingsource.com/LocalBeta ... tlake.html

Topo Map of Mount Olympus
http://topozone.com/map.asp?z=12&n=4500722&e=434876
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