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Memorials on Calton Hill

Calton Hill is surrounded by historic buildings, cobblestone roads and cemetaries near downtown Edinburgh, Scotland.  The hill is home to a few memorials including an acropolis-like memorial to veterans, and the Nelson Monument honoring a famous Scottish adminal.  And it is a cheeseburger summit.

Cheeseburger summit.

Lord Nelson's Monument.

Veteran's monument on Calton Hill.

Another monument on Calton Hill.


Cheeseburgers (not haggis) in Scotland?

While at a conference in Edinburgh, I had better conquer a cheeseburger summit.  There are a couple within walking distance of the hotel, so off to McDonald's to get prepared.  Just up from the Palace of Holyroodhouse is Arthur's Seat, site of an ancient volcano, and popular hike for residents and visitors alike.

The top of Aruthur's Seat.

Remnants of castle ruins on the trail up to the top.

Cheeseburger on top.

View of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth from the top of Arthur's Seat.

Two O'Clock at Five O'Clock

We have cheeseburgers, we have time, and we have motivation.  Let's bag another one while we're way over in Tooele.

In Tooele, either the USGS markers are removed, or they are covered with piles of rocks.  I started moving rocks at the top of the mountain to find the marker, but when a HUGE, hairy spider crawled out from under one, I decided that the marker must be safely covered with rocks.

View of Settlement Canyon Reservoir from the top of Two O'Clock.

Tooele, the Great Salt Lake, and Antelope Island in the background of the delicious cheeseburger.

Fall has descended on the west side of the Oquirrh's.

And then we went to the car races.  Very fast and very loud.

One O'Clock at Four O'Clock

While in the town of Tooele, I was able to bag another cheeseburger summit that was nearby.  There was another one of those private property signs stating that motorized vehicles were not allowed.  Using the same logic as last time, we walked up the trail to the peak, armed with only our cheeseburgers and camera.

We couldn't find the USGS marker, but this marked the top.  Maybe it was on top of the actual marker?

View from the top of One O'Clock.

View of Two O'Clock from One O'Clock.  It's only Four O'Clock so we have time to get there by Five O'Clock, and we have more cheeseburgers in hand.  See the next post.

Another Little Mountain

I was lured to the Miller Motorsports car races by the promise of potential unconquered cheeseburger summits close by.  Lo and behold, there are three close to Tooele, one of which is yet another Little Mountain.  Boo-burger and I were met by a sign indicating that we were about to go onto private property and that no motor vehicles were allowed.  Since we were hiking on foot, and since the summit was within sight, and since we were armed with cheeseburgers, it seemed OK to go, right Boo?

Not a typical USGS marker, but it was on the top of Little Mountain.

View of Tooele from the top.

Boo-burger enjoying her delicious cheeseburger at the top.

Ecker Hill adventure at moonrise

We got a later than expected start up Ecker Hill after our "Blocked" cheeseburger summit (see below).  A little darkness wasn't going to deter us though.

Ecker Hill was Utah's first world class ski venue.  Interestingly, Utah's 2002 Olympic world class ski jumping venue is just a stone's throw away.

Remnants of the old ski jump.

It was getting pretty dark, the trail seemed to be heading around the mountain instead of up, and we were just about to give up and try the summit another day, when Boo-burger found the trail heading up to the peak.  She must have known that the only way she was going to get that cheeseburger was if we made it to the top.

Base of the flagpole at the top of Ecker Hill.  We arrived just as the moon was rising--what a site!

Cheeseburgers at the summit in the dark.

Blocked! Blocked! Blocked! not blocked.

Planning to hike Ecker Hill after work, I looked at the map and realized that we can do two in one evening, one being Kimball Benchmark, that we can drive right up to.  Little did I know that realtors had bought up the whole area and put gates on all roads leading to Kimball Benchmark.  At the first gate, we were told that there were other roads which may or may not have the gates closed.  On the fourth option, we were able to drive through the gate and reach our summit.

Yummy cheeseburgers for all with the benchmark in the background.

View from the benchmark with the Olympic Jumping Hill in the background.

View on the way up to the summit.  (mooseburgers?)

A little hail

On the way back from a larger trip to Upwop and surrounding area, this little "peak" allowed me to be ready to take in a burger while being prepared to get off the main ridge when the hail storm started up.  It sure looks like a peak from Red Pine, but looks like just a bump on the ridge when you're up there.  I assume I got the right "peak" since it overlooked the Maybird/Redpine ridge.

Little Pfeifferhorn looking west to Pfeifferhorn

Exploration west of Pfeifferhorn

I think I figured out how to get to Upwop from Pfeifferhorn reasonably.  One way: head diagonally down south-southeast in the grassy area, then diagnal down southwest in the grasses about 1/2 way down to the saddle's height, then traverse west through the grasses targeting to be above the talus field.

My burger was still frozen when I arrived at Upwop 4 hours up the trail, but hey.  

My intent was largely to learn about the path to Chipman peak.  I didn't find the route to Chipman to be within my risk tolerance that day.

Frozen burger on Upwop

Still in the fog...

Just a quick jaunt down from Mount Wolverine to the pass and up to Mount Tuscarora.  Yikes.  The trail gets narrow and traverses across steep cliffs into the abyss.  We made it safely and sat atop the peak to enjoy our cheeseburgers.

The flowers of Albion Basin were beautiful.