Mount Timpanogos: The Words of Mountain Places in “ Timp ” Poetry from the Early 1920s By: Melody Harrison Western States Folklore Society 2011. Photo By: Melody Harrison. Mount Timpanogos. (Photo from Wonder Mountain 4). Origins of the Annual “ Timp Hike”.
The Words of Mountain Places in “Timp” Poetry from the Early 1920s
By: Melody Harrison
Western States Folklore Society
Photo By: Melody Harrison
(Photo from Wonder Mountain 4)
(Photo from On the Trail 3)
(Photo Courtesy of Angela Harrison
Yi Fu Tuan’s—Language and the Making of Place: A Narrative-Descriptive Approach
Marjorie Hope Nicolson’s—Mountain Gloom and Mountain Glory: The Development of the Aesthetics of the Infinite.
(1st Prize Poem)
By Elsie C. Carroll
I have seen the peace-dove hover
Lovingly about you
With her misty, outspread wings
Soothing after nature’s
I have seen you boldly flaunting
Indian Summer splendors:
Yellows, golds and crimsons—
I have seen you white and stately
In an ermine mantle;
Beautiful and chaste;
Serene and cold and still.
No matter how or when I see you
My soul is thrilled with wonderous awe.
You stand so firm;
So steadfast through the ages;
Unchanged through clouds,
Or storms or sunshine;
So like a symbol
Of the Great Eternal.
That’s why I reverence you—
I have seen your grand old summit
Bathed in moonlight
Soft with opalescent radiance;
Shimmering waves of mid-night silence:
Awesome, infinite, sublime.
I have seen the glory of the morning
Like a golden halo crown you;
Glints of rose and pearl and azure
Like soft regal robes enfolding.
I have seen you somber-browed and pensive;
Pearly hues to purple grown;
Melancholy shadows brooding
O’er your bosom fair.
I have seen you wrapped in shrouds of blackness,
Pierced by jagged forks of flame;
Fearful; vengeful, demon-like;
Photo from Wonder Mountain 3 Decoration by Aretta Young
(Photo from Wonder Mountain 17)
Due to the tradition of hiking Timp, expressions of that relationship that locals were developing with and on the mountain appeared in their poetry.
(Photo from Hiking Utah 65).
(Photo from Wonder Mountain 18).
(Photo from Wonder Mountain 18)
(On the Trail 1)
(On the Trail cover)
Photo: Participants in the Annual Timpanogos Hike ascend the “glacier” in single file, date unknown.
From Jared Farmer On Zion’s Mount 202
Out on Timpanogos.
And shed the daintiest perfume
Rocks of purple, brown, and green,
With ferns and mosses all between,
Make nooks the fairies haunt, I ween,
Haunts of Timpanogos.
Moonbeams dancing in the night
Seem of softer, purer light,
There on Timpanogos,
And oft a fluttering fills the air,
While wood nymphs, flittering free from care,
Steal all your troubles from you there—
If you have not stood at morn
On Mount Timpanogos,
Have not seen the new day born
From Mount Timpanogos;
Have not felt your being thrill,
Have not stood there bowed and still,
Have not marveled—oh, you will—
Climb Mount Timpanogos.
Joy of the Climb
(3rd Prize Poem)
By Mrs. Annie D. Palmer
See that mountain big and grand?
That is Timpanogos.
Wonder-Mountain of the land.
Old Mount Timpanogos.
Farms and orchards at its base,
Above the clouds its shining face,
Between—Oh, wondrous things—and space—
Great old Timpanogos.
Such unhampered swigs of air,
Up on Timpanogos.
Eddying round from everywhere,
Up to Timpanogos.
Amphitheater where you rest,
Toboggan sliding of the best,
And further climbing, by request,
Crystal Spring and Emerald Lake,
There on Timpanogos;
Wondrous glacier creeping slow,
Holds eternal ice and snow;
Here you loiter, loth to go
On up Timpanogos.
(Wonder Mountain 40)
“According to Loyal Clark, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Forest Service, 500,000 people hike the Timpanogos trail EACH YEAR — the vast majority of them during the summer months when the trails are open and free of snow.
It's the equivalent of rounding up every resident of Utah's four biggest cities — Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Provo and West Jordan — and herding them up the Timp trail” (Robinson).
Photo By: Melody Harrison