Friday, August 17, 2007

AF Canyon Road

Climbed to the summit of American Fork Canyon this morning with Kris. It had stormed not more than 20 minutes before we started riding so the road was wet but no rain was falling. Riding immediately after a storm is fantastic as the normal mountain scents are intensified by the moisture in the air. Nothing smells better than a damp pine forest. Laundry detergents and air fresheners may claim to be "Mountain Fresh" but once you've experienced the real thing there really is no substitute.

Our time was limited due to commitments at work (unfortunately for me this is only going to get worse over the next few weeks...) so we had to do an out-n-back. However, this is definitely a road I need to experience more fully in the near future. Next time I'd like to drop down to Provo Canyon and then climb back up from the Sundance side of the mountain. That should be good for close to 6,000 feet of elevation gain. At some point I'd like to attempt Fatty's Alpine Guantlet route but that may need to wait until next year.

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