Living in the urban jungle of Philly for 6 years provided the perfect backdrop to amplify appreciation for this last year in Utah. Playing in the mountains is no longer a rare experience. I don’t have to take leave or buy an airline ticket to access recreation. I’m learning all the names of the local peaks and can identify them from the air when I’m flying…..sometimes I’ll even hop on the PA and point ’em out to the passengers. And with a handful of those peaks, I know what it’s like to stand on top of. In no order:
Mt Superior, 11,132′, Wasatch, UT
Mt Quandary, 14,271′, Tenmile Range, CO — 1st 14’er
Lone Peak, 11,252′, Wasatch, UT
Mt Raymond, 10,241′, Wasatch, UT
Mt Olympus, 9,026′, Wasatch, UT
Grandeur Peak, 8,299′, Wasatch, UT
Mt Baldy, 11,068′, Wasatch, UT — Discrete Peak Series Race
Bald Mountain, 11,942′, Uinta Range, UT
Kings Peak, 13,528′, Uinta Range, UT –Highest Peak in Utah
Watch Tower Mountain, 12,331′, Wind River Range, WY
Mt Timpanogas, 11,752′, Wasatch, UT
The Pfeifferhorn, 11,325′, Wasatch, UT
Mt Nebo, 11,929′, Wasatch, UT–Highest Peak in Wasatch Range
The best part about about this list are the good times had w/all my friends. The second best part is the satisfaction of follow-through; actually doing something you say you’re going to do feels so damn sweet. It’s easy to point to a mountain top and say, “I’m going to go up there.” …But it’s another thing to actually do it. There’s no elevator to the top. Sometimes the shortcuts are misleading and energy-sucking. It hurts. But the payoff is huge. Sure the views are great, the high fives are fun, but more importantly; you made it happen. You backed up your words…you stuck with it…you knocked it out…you bagged that bitch. We all know that talk is cheap, people are flakey, and excuses are a dime a dozen…..for me, hiking these mountains was an exercise in rejecting those things. It’s embracing health, nature, movement, pain, beauty, exploration, struggle, and the unknown….it’s a little microcosm of life! (coffee’s got my mind runnin’ this morning folks) So get off your ass and go climb a mountain….or a hill…or an elliptical machine. You won’t regret it. Just my 2 cents.
It was fun dragging the SLR w/me on a few of the hikes, but the best shots were the more personal snaps on the good old iphone….