September 2005 - 72 photos

On September 17th of 2005, Dale Wing, Roy Zimmerman Mike Belko and I, went for a hike from Willard Basin to Ben Lomond Peak, passing below Willard Peak and crossing on the ridge between the peaks. We go that way because it is the easiest approach to Ben Lomond. The trail is only about 3½ miles one way and rises in altitude 1,075 feet. Ben Lomond is 9,712 above Sea Level.

It was quite an event filled day with many things happening. I don't normally put this many photos on a webpage, but with all that happened I needed these to tell the story. Between us we took more than 350 photos, but I got it down to 72.

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Looking North over Willard Basin

We were hoping to see some Mountain Goats on this hike and we weren't dissapointed. We saw a lot of them. They were all over the mountain side, above and below us. We took our large telephoto lenses along, hoping for some great photos, and got them. We also passed some hunters that were looking for a large Billy Goat to take as a trophy and while at Ben Lomond they caught up with us, shooting the large goat we photographed earlier, just below the rim on the south side of Ben Lomond. We weren't too happy about it, but they had a permit.

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Some of the Mountain Goats

If you are interested in Mountain Goats, check out   Ben Lomond 2006   &   Willard Pk 2008

While we were at Ben Lomond peak, Mike was talking to his wife Michlele on his cell phone and she said that our neighbor Richard was standing at the street corner with a flag, that if we looked down he would wave the flag for us. We couldn't see them at that distance, probably more than three miles, but I did get a photo with my big 13 power lens. Later I enlarged the photo using the computer and you can make out Richard waving the flag, along with Michele and a couple of her children. The photo is included in this collection. This is our neighborhood, Roy, Mike and I all live within a few houses of where Richard is standing.

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When we were on the way back, almost to Willard Peak, a small airplane flew past us about five times, coming very close to the mountain and waving his wings at us. It even flew by once upside down. It seemed to me that they were looking for Mountain Goats. We tried to get some photos but the plane was so fast that it was hard catching it in the big telephoto lens. I did get a couple of good shots which you will see here and you can even see people in the plane.

One more thing, there have been a few people searching my site for maps showing the way to Willard Basin. If you don't know about the road going up there, it can be hard to find. I have included a couple of maps showing the way. I broke the map into two parts so that it can be printed. Take highway 91 east from Brigham City and get off at the exit for Mantua, (Man-ta-way), The road is marked in red on the map, but be advised, the road is a 4 wheel vehicle road only. After the first half it gets very rough. It takes more than an hour to travel it one way. Watch out for off road ATV's, as they travel this road a lot.

   - 72 photos -
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My photos were taken with a Canon EOS 20D, 8.2 Megapixel SLR Camera using a 17-85mm IS wide angle to 5x zoom. Many of these photos were taken by Dale Wing with his Canon EOS 350D, (Digital Rebel XT), 8.0 Megapixel SLR Camera also using the 17-85mm IS wide angle to 5x zoom. We both took photos using our Canon 100-400mm telephoto zoom lens.

Our original photos were taken at aprox 3050 x 2000. These photos are set to 750 x 500 for faster loading. You are welcome to look at or download any of the photos. If you use them on any other webpage, please give credit and refer back to me.

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