3/4/2012 Update – Success! Yesterday’s adventure was incredible with unbelievable support from family, friends, and the local community. We exceeded our original goal for the fund-raiser by over $1,500 (raising 4,000 total)! Thanks to all who came out and participated in the event. Salt Lake Tribune Article – Channel 2 News Coverage (soon) – X96 Radio From Hell! (scroll to 19:30) – Random Pictures from the day
7PM 3/2/2012 Update – Despite the fresh new snow, we’re still ON! Come rally at 6AM to help break trail for this fun event. Our sponsors (Black Diamond, Gregory, Liberty Mountain, Knead-a-Massage) have donated prizes, which a few lucky (randomly chosen) pledge-makers will receive. Hope to see you bright and early.
Pretty funny screenshot of SPOT tracker page here.
- Start : 06:00, Finish : 08:07
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- Start : 01:18, Finish : 03:31, Elapsed Time : 21 hr 31 min
Those who know me often laugh at how often I go up Grandeur Peak. I have been up it countless times via many different routes, in every possible form of weather, with every type of gear, and at just about every hour of the day. In winter months going up the west side of Grandeur can often mean starting in smoggy, cold, polluted air and climbing up to warmer clean air above. Locals call this an “inversion”, which is a bit of a misnomer. The Salt Lake Basin is a topographic basin where stable thermal layers (including inversions) often form. The air pollution problem is not caused by inversions, it is caused by pollutants that are emitted into the stable layers. It is a bitter-sweet feeling sitting on the 8,300′ summit looking down at a glowing cloud of pollution below, realizing that I must go back down into it.
The topography of the area, mixed with pollution from the well over 2 million people and industry can render some very unhealthy conditions. The conditions are unique enough that many studies have been performed in Salt Lake Basin. In fact, one of the world’s foremost experts in environmental epidemiology and public health, C. Arden Pope, of Brigham Young University (BYU) helped establish the connection between air pollution and health problems. His research has influenced environmental policy in the United States and Europe, contributing to the establishment of emission standards for particulate matter pollution.
The University of Utah’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences recently chose the west side of Grandeur as a location to locate sensors every 100 vertical feet to take measurements throughout the winter of 2011. This study was called the “Persistent Cold-Air Pool Study” or PCAPS for short and they have generated some incredible data and interesting presentations, like this one (be patient, it’s 60MB).
The solution to our pollution problem must come from reducing pollutant emissions. Breathe Utah is a local non-profit dedicated to addressing the root causes of air pollution. They are active in our local legislature and have been instrumental in many projects including the passing of Utah House Bill 146, “The Utah Clean School Bus Project”, which secured $2.3 million in funding for retrofitting all eligible diesel school buses in the state of Utah with particulate filters.
The Grandeur Peak fund raiser was born out of my passion for the Wasatch Mountains and my unusual escapades up Grandeur Peak. I want this fund-raiser to bring awareness to the unique air-pollution challenges we face living in the Salt Lake Basin, raise money for an exceptional non-profit group, and encourage folks to come enjoy a summit or two (or three or four…) on Grandeur Peak. Join me on March 3rd, 2012 at the Grandeur Peak west side trail-head, I’ll be going at it from about 6AM until midnight trying to reach the summit ten times. Make whatever donation you can or make a pledge of $1, 5, 10 or more for each time I reach the summit as I shoot for my goal, which equates to over 33,000′ of gain, more than doing Mount Everest from sea level.
Incredible business sponsors supporting this event: