Peak-Baggin’ Recap

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….

chia snacks w/Lish on Raymond

chia snacks w/Lish on Raymond

Ryan loves maps

Ryan loves maps

Lish just started singing, and this little birdy landed on her hand and whistled along!

Lish just started singing, and this little birdy landed on her hand and whistled along!

Danimal bags Kings and nails a selfie

Danimal bags Kings and nails a selfie

Mt Timpanogas...a Utah classic

Mt Timpanogas…a Utah classic

met this guy on Timp....he had two 2-liters slung around his shoulders. Can we agree Mormons LOVE soda pop!?!?

met this guy on Timp….he had two 2-liters slung around his shoulders. Can we agree Mormons LOVE soda pop!?!?

Me on Kings!

Me on Kings!

crazy weather on Nebo

crazy weather on Nebo

nothing to do w/mountains....everything to do w/rockin' out at Def Leppard

nothing to do w/mountains….everything to do w/rockin’ out at Def Leppard

starting line of race at Snowbird

starting line of race at Snowbird

In the hurt locker. finished 100 of 125. gotta do better next year!!

In the hurt locker. finished 100 of 125. gotta do better next year!!

Kelsey gets her billy goat on

Kelsey gets her billy goat on

Ry cruises down Nebo

Ry cruises down Nebo

some dumb lady got lost on Timpanogas and had to spend the the night. search and rescue found her the next day and there were a bunch of camera crews at the trailhead waiting for her. I photobombed the hell out of 'em and got on the local news. So famous.

some dumb lady got lost on Timpanogas and had to spend the the night. search and rescue found her the next day and there were a bunch of camera crews at the trailhead waiting for her. I photobombed the hell out of ’em and got on the local news. So famous.

Lone Peak madness

Lone Peak stoke

The Winds

The Winds

hydrate or die

hydrate or die

stogies pair nicely w/blisters

stogies pair nicely w/blisters

hour de voures

cuttin’ cheese

Dan sent me this after Kings. Couldn't agree more!

Dan sent me this after Kings. Couldn’t agree more!

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