First Attempts on Mount Wire
I was on a business trip in Salt Lake City from Sunday 11/7/10 through Thursday 11/11/10. On Sunday driving to the hotel is when I found out I was staying at the base of Mt. Wire. I decided that I would go for a run in the mountains in the morning before having to leave for work.
Monday morning I was not expecting to make it to the top of Mount Wire, I just wanted to scout out the area, in the dark. I was just running towards Mount Wire and ending up running 2.5 miles starting at 4500 feet and ending at 5800 feet.
Tuesday morning I was planning to try and make it to the top of Mount Wire just by heading that direction. The problem is that there was a VERY dense fog. After two miles I decided it was time to head back. The problem is I was turned around and "heading back" was taking me directly away from my hotel. Luckily, I decided to check my Forerunner to make sure I was heading the right direction .3 miles later. From the picture below you can see how well I can run a straight line up a mountain in the dark and fog.
Got So Close!
Wednesday morning was clear so I decided to give it another try. Once again I just headed towards the right direction at first and then followed a trail that was heading that general direction. Eventually I ran out of trail going the right direction and found myself getting into some thicker brush. I eventually made it to the top, but it was not the top of Mount Wire. I was on that ridge but on another small peak and I did not have time to make it to Mount Wire without making myself late for work. So close!
Finally Got to the Peak
Thursday morning I was prepared and determined. I made a course file using Bike Route Toaster and sent it to my forerunner. I followed the course which kept me on the trail up to Mount Wire. From the hotel to the peak and back it was 4.5 miles and took 1 hour 16 minutes. As with every other morning it was dark so all I could see were the lights of Salt Lake City. The picture did not turn out from my phone so an elevation map is all I have to share. I decided not to climb the tower in the dark.