I left SLC (Salt Lake City) this morning heading to MCO (Orlando). On previous flights, I remember takeoff similar to other airports. We got in the air, gained altitude, and moved to our heading and left.
This time though, we seemed to circle for a while, gaining altitude. I initially assumed it was to gain enough altitude to clear the surrounding mountain. I ruled out equipment problems because we kept climbing.
Pilots who have experience with SLC, is there a certain runway that needs this altitude gain due to the terrain? Would there be another possible reason this happened?