Mt. Olympus...overlooking Salt Lake City, this is a very popular half day hike for locals and visitors alike. Total trek is 3.1 miles with a total elevation change of 4200 ft...for those of you that understand slopes...this is quite a steep hike! I really don't think those Utah folk understand switchbacks very well...
Almost to the top...Andrew (grad student and one of my good friends from Stanford) waves to me from below.
Me signing the log book at the summit....it was kept dry and protected in the mailbox you see at the bottom right corner...quite a funny thing to find at the top of a mountain.
Andrew being pensive while enjoying the view from the top.
Andrew is quite lucky; his parents own a beautiful ski lodge in Park City, UT, just east and into the mountains from SLC. He and his family were quite generous and let myself and some other friends stay with him there during the conference; it was awesome!
Andrew and me at the saddle point. This is where we split from the rest of the group to scramble to the summit (these are not in order!)
View of some of the more rugged mountains to the south of SLC.
SLC suburbs and the Great Salt Lake from about half way up.
The Zermatt Resort, where the conference was held. I personally believe the architects took the Alpine theme a bit too far, but who am I to judge? The resort was still quite nice and located in a beautiful, round valley, surrounded on all sides by mountains...absolutely stunning place.