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High In Utah

High In Utah

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Object Title: High In Utah

Manufacturer: Michael Weibel & Dan Miller

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Page By: Dean

Created/Edited: Feb 15, 2007 / Feb 15, 2007

Object ID: 2618

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Product Description

From Amazon, this description is an interesting take on this book
"Book Description
"Alaska is our biggest, buggiest, boggiest state. Texas remains our largest unfrozen state. But mountainous Utah, if ironed out flat, would take up more space on a map than either." -Edward Abbey If you measured the highest point in each county, which of the fifty states would have the highest average elevation? You probably didn't say Utah, but in fact the average elevation of the state's county high points is approximately 11,222 feet (Colorado is second at 10,971 feet). Most but not all of Utah's high peaks grow out of a series of mountain ranges that form a backbone from north to south through the middle of the state. Surprisingly, most can also be climbed in a day, and during the warm months climbing gear may be unnecessary. Some summits are even attainable by car. High in Utah is quite consciously a book for peak baggers, complete with a checklist and elevations. Summits range from Kings Peak, Utah's highest at 13,528 feet, to the unnamed peak in Rich County, a mere 9,255 feet. In addition to the county high points, this book also features four "classic" climbs: Mt. Olympus in Salt Lake County; Mt. Timpanogos above Provo; Notch Peak in the House Range west of Delta; and Wellsville Cone, Cache Valley's western landmark. Since finding a place to start can often be the most frustrating part of a hike, emphasis is placed on directions to each trailhead. There is a road map for each hike, as well as a trail map showing contours. The routes in this guide are not always the easiest or most practical, but they may be the most appealing and are often the most commonly used (lessening human impact on other potential routes). Difficulty levels range from "extreme"--long, steep routes that may require some route finding--to "too easy"--accessible by car. Two sets of hiking times are provided to accommodate variations in hiking speed, and there are also sections on flora and fauna, mountain weather, low-impact hiking and camping, equipment, and altitude sickness. TOC: Mountain Checklist Preface Caution How to Use This Book Introduction Flora and Fauna of Utah's Mountains Mountain Weather Low Impact Hiking and Camping Wilderness County High Peaks (26 Total) Utah Classics (4 Total) Appendix A: Equipment List Appendix B: Problems at High Altitude Selected Readings Acknowledgments About the Authors"

Paperback: 155 pages
Publisher: University of Utah Press (January 27, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0874805880
ISBN-13: 978-0874805888
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches

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DeanUtah is great

Voted 5/5

This book really got county highpointing off the ground in Utah. Another book called Hiking Utah's Summits was another book oriented to the Utah counties but this book is clearly the best. A few of the route descriptions are out of date, but for updates you can check out the Utah cohp's on www.cohp.org. Go to the USA map, click on Utah and voila, lots of trip reports to aid and help you find those improvements. A few off the top of my head are the route descriptions for Mt. Waas, Willard Peak and perhaps Mine Camp Peak. There are other ways but I need to get back to the real impact of this book.

These two authors did a fine job of organizing the counties and actually project their enthusiasm for the hikes they present. Utah is a great state and if you complete all of the Utah counties, you will have covered most of the state and experience Utah as it should be experienced.

I completed the Utah Cohp's this past summer and I thank the authors of this book for some tips and ideas along the way. This is a must have kind of book if you are interested in truly getting "High in Utah" I recommend it HIGHLY.

I have a SP page dedicated to the Utah county highpoints and you can find that HERE.
Posted Feb 15, 2007 2:44 am

KirtDavisGood Info

Hasn't voted

I have both High in Utah and Hiking Utah's Summits, and I agree that High in Utah has better trail info. Hiking Utah's Summits has some history of the peaks, which is interesting though.
Posted Feb 20, 2007 4:05 pm

Dennis PoulinGreat Book

Voted 5/5

I liked this book so much that I bought it twice. I didn't always follow all of their routes when tagging the county highpoints, but it was a great place to start gathering info.
Posted Feb 22, 2007 9:38 pm

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