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- Disclaimer: I agree to participate at my own risk. I will not to hold Live and Thrive LLC, Sheryl McGlochlin, her assistants, or affiliates responsible or liable for my safety. I understand that hiking can potentially be dangerous and/or strenuous. I agree to participate at a level that is compatible with my own hiking skills and abilities. I will hike at a pace I feel comfortable with. I will talk to Sheryl and/or her assistants about any concerns I have regarding this activity before leaving for the hike. If I don't feel comfortable or safe during any part of this outing I understand I may leave early, once I have let someone know of my plans. I agree to stay with members of the group. I agree to abide by Sheryl's basic guidelines for my safety on the mountain and the protection of others. I understand that I am always invited to complete a much shorter hike if I prefer. If I want to hike longer than the scheduled ending time I will discuss this in advance with Sheryl at the meeting place, prior to leaving for the trailhead. I understand that consulting my physician before participating in a new sport is strongly recommended OR if I have been inactive in the past. If I am new to Sheryl's group, I agree to attend a short hiking orientation meeting, held 15 - 30 minutes before each hike, at the same meeting place, prior to departing for the hike. I understand I may attend the orientation without hiking afterward, if I prefer. I may communicate with Sheryl in person during the orientation and prior to the hike. I may also contact her via email or text: email@example.com, 801-278-5313 as needed. I may access the hiking calendar information online at: liveandthrive.com
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Welcome to our Spring Hiking Season!
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At 8 am, as you arrive at our meeting place I'll ask you which hike you want:
Snowshoe or Dry Hike
THREE Options for each hike - Easiest, moderate, more moderate. I'll explain each at the meeting place. You don't need to decide which option level yet.
We will end by 12 noon or sooner. If anyone plans to hike longer than 12 noon, I need to know at the meeting place before we begin.
If you need to rent snowshoes or buy micro spikes from me, let me know in advance if possible. 801-278-5313. I'll bring a few extra pairs.
Details For Each option:
SNOWSHOE HIKE: THREE OPTIONS: EASY, MODERATE, MORE MODERATE There is still a LOT of snow up in the canyons and it is fun!!! Snowshoes are required. You'll start at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, 25 minute drive from meeting place, at Solitude Nordic Center just 1/4 of a mile before Brighton Ski Resort. Cost is $7/person. This is the ONLY snowshoe trail that costs but it's so worth it!
Easiest: Plan to snowshoe 1 mile around Silver Lake - not much elevation gain. Extremely beautiful!!! Sunglasses required!
Moderate: Go half way around Silver Lake then follow the ribbons down to Solitude Ski Resort. This takes approx. 1 hour. You may end the hike here and take a free shuttle back to the top if you like.
More Moderate: Continue snowshoeing back up the trail following the purple ribbons which take you back to Silver Lake and back to your car. Finish before 11:30 AM.
DRY HIKE: Those who choose DRY have THREE options: Easier, Moderate, More Moderate.
Mt. Olympus, Z Connector Trail, Easier trail starting near Mt. Olympus Trailhead
Easiest: Don't be deceived. This is still a great workout but not as steep as the other 2 dry options. I'll get you started on the dirt trail that heads north from the upper parking lot of Mt. Olympus. It parallels Wasatch Blvd. then starts up Fortuna Road. After walking up Fortuna for a while, on pavement, you'll get to Jupiter. Turn east or right and turn left on Adonis, then right on Thousand Oaks Drive. At the end of this street is where we will be coming off the trail and meet you somewhere along this route. Plan to turn around anywhere along this path or when we see you. Out & back trail. At least 4 miles RT. You can always go part way and turn around.
Moderate: Hike up Mt. Olympus for 20 minutes or so then head north onto the Z Connector Trail. Approx. 5 - 6 miles RT with more elevation gain. Out & back OR Loop trail/route
More Moderate: Hike up Mt. Olympus with the moderate group, stay on the Z Connector Trail for a little bit, but part ways at a turnoff that will put you back on to the main Mt. Olympus Trail. Most elevation gain of the 3 trails. If you go past the stream you'll need spikes. If you plan to hike longer than 12 noon, you need to tell me at the meeting place before the hike starts. Out & back trail only.
Who should attend?
Those who enjoy...
- Meeting other outdoor enthusiasts
- Exploring beautiful scenery in Utah and beyond
- Trying to live a more active, healthy lifestyle
I pay close attention to current weather, trail, road and canyon conditions and choose a safe trail accordingly.
Come prepared for an awesome hike!
Regular weekly hikers in our group know I work hard to plan and prepare a beautiful safe hiking outing for an assortment of hiking abilities each week.
Hiking trail details are discussed at the meeting place. Safety is always a top priority when choosing a particular trail or canyon.
Regardless of weather conditions, there is always a hike. (We have rarely needed to cancel in 14+ years).
There are several hiking options that don’t require entering a canyon, if necessary.
Attend our weekly Pre-Hiking Orientation, held 15 - 30 minutes prior to departure, to get acquainted with leaders and group members and learn how to be better prepared.
ALL hikes accommodate beginner AND moderate abilities.
8 AM: Start gathering, welcome & introduce new hikers, final details/instructions, arrange carpools as needed, announcements.
8:30 AM: Depart for trail
8:40 - 8:50 AM: Arrive at the trail (generally 10 - 25 minutes from meeting place, unless otherwise noted)
11:30 - 12 NOON: Off the trail on or before this time. Hikers are always invited to complete a shorter hike for any reason, if needed. If you plan to hike longer than 11:30 AM - 12 Noon, tell me at the meeting place prior to leaving for the trailhead. If the hike will be longer than usual, it will always be posted in advance as a FEATURED HIKE.
- Plenty of breathtaking views
- Incredible get-away for just a few hours each week
- Enjoy the company of fun, positive, friendly, active, adventurous people of all ages
- Discover a variety of skill levels for all age and ability
- An abundance of fresh air
- Drive or carpool.
- When carpooling, as a courtesy, please give your driver a few dollars. Communicate with your driver to ensure your ride home.
Hiking Trail Conditions
Trail conditions can be a mixed bag depending on the time of year. Sheryl will prepare you for each new hiking season to ensure your safety and protection on the mountain.
If you need snowshoes, spikes, hiking poles or any other type of hiking gear, contact Sheryl in advance if possible, for any of your needs.
Hiking Safety Tips
(Link includes hiking tips for the Grand Canyon but has application here as well)
- Safety is always our top priority.
- As a member of our group you are required to abide by these safety tips and rules for the safety and protection of you and everyone in our group.
- Never hike alone
- Be aware of altitude - Some elevations reach 11,000 feet above sea level. Even mild exertion may leave you feeling light-headed and nauseated.
- Wear hiking shoes or boots with good ankle support and traction.
- Always carry and drink plenty of water.
- Keep your eyes open for others around you who may need assistance.
- Stay on designated trails and away from cliff edges
- CAUTION: Be alert! Rocks occasionally fall on hiking trails. If you see or hear falling rocks, leave the area quickly and warn others.
- If you prefer to do a shorter hike than what is planned, let Sheryl or her assistants know before leaving the meeting place. Often others may want to do the same thing.
- Trail conditions are monitored often and may be subject to change at the last minute (at the meeting place).
Do not rely on physical strength alone, hiking smart will take you much farther.
Use this information to hike smart.
Winter Hiking Essentials
1 Food – especially salty foods. Eat twice as much as normal.
2 First Aid Kit – bandaids, ace wrap, antiseptic, moleskin, etc.
3 Map – while many trails are well-marked, maps are helpful tools.
4 Water – plain and some with electrolyte replacement.
5 Pack – to carry the essentials.
6 Flashlight/Spare Batteries – allows you to hike out at night.
7 Appropriate Footwear - waterproof boots, gaiters to keep snow and mud out of your boots.
8 Over-the-shoe traction devices - it will only take a short and unexpected stretch of ice to make you glad you have extra traction.
9 Hiking Poles – to help with footing on icy trails.
1 Whistle and/or Signal Mirror – for emergency use, know how to use your equipment.
1 Waterproof/Warm Clothing – parka, hat, gloves for the snow and rain, plus an extra set of dry clothing – in case you get wet.
The Hazardous H
WATCH OUT FOR THIS HEALTH HAZARD!
HYPOTHERMIA - A life-threatening emergency where the body cannot keep itself warm, due to exhaustion and exposure to cold, wet, windy weather.
Symptoms: uncontrolled shivering, poor muscle control, careless attitude, confusion, exhaustion (even after rest).
Look for signs of the "umbles" - stumbling, mumbling, fumbling, grumbling.
Treatment: remove wet clothing and put on dry clothing, drink warm sugary liquids, warm victim by body contact with another person, protect from wind, rain, and cold. If re-warming is unsuccessful - seek help.
Avoid hypothermia by checking the latest weather and trail conditions, taking layered clothing for protection against cold and wet weather, eating frequently, replacing fluids and electrolytes by drinking before feeling thirsty, and avoiding exposure to wet weather.
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