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The Unnerving Road to View Benchmark
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The Unnerving Road to View Benchmark

The Unnerving Road to View Benchmark

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Object Title: The Unnerving Road to View Benchmark

Date Climbed/Hiked: Aug 4, 2010

Activities: Hiking

Season: Summer


Page By: Beanusless

Created/Edited: Aug 4, 2010 / Aug 4, 2010

Object ID: 645534

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The Hike

Your probably wondering: How could the nearly flat, well maintained road to View Benchmark be unnerving? Well, to explain that I'll just start at the beginning.  
View Benchmark from trailhead
View from the trailhead

I made the decision to climb View Benchmark after reading the article on Utah Triangulation Stations. It was a Wednesday, and it was close to 100 degrees. So I watched a group of clouds make their way east and timed it so I got to the trailhead about when the clouds put the mountains into the shade.
I started up the dirt road that winds its way around the Traverse Mountains. About 15 minutes in I hear a large crack of thunder almost directly over my head. I look up to see the large, black cumulonimbus clouds surrounding the area. I didn't let it bother me, so I kept hiking. Then it dawned on me that I was heading to the top of a mountain in a thunderstorm. And as if that wasn't enough, this particular mountain just 
Approaching the summit
Getting close
so happens to have a 15 foot metal pyramid on top. Now, I still have no idea if I was in any real danger, but all I know is that I was freaking out as I made my way up the exposed ridge to the triangulation station. I thought about waiting for a patch of blue sky, but I could not see a break in the clouds for at least 50 miles. So I just kept going, hearing thunder continuosly the whole way up.
After reaching the summit I only stayed long enough to snap a few pictures. I could hear the buzz of electricity running through the large metal pyramid, so I kept my distance. On the way down I experienced some heavy rain, but besides that it was uneventful. As I got off the ridge I began feeling more relaxed.  
Salt Lake from the summit
Mount Timpanogos

Like I said, I have no idea if I was in any real danger. I don't have a clue what the chances are of being struck by lightning on a mountain, but I've heard of it happening. The whole hike took me about an hour, and besides the bad weather it was a lot of fun. I highly recommend it to anyone who has limited time but still wants a rewarding summit.


Approaching the summit


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