#SummitSummer 2015

#SummitSummer 2015 is over. I’d half hoped to head to Holy Cross last weekend but I just wasn’t totally feeling it. I had to work Friday and decided I should go to Grand Junction, do some shopping, get dinner, and then chill out at home. I’m glad I only went that far since the Jeep did not have a good night. (A tow truck ride later, we made it home and thanks to #ruralliving + community Facebook groups, I have the part I really hope fixes the problem already.)

Anyhow, Wednesday is officially the start of fall (although the last few weekends have definitely felt like fall). I didn’t complete all the summits I wanted to (Hesperus, Handies Peak, the Maroon Bells, and the Chicago Basin 14ers come to mind) but I really did make some serious progress towards my hiking goals this year.

Flattops

One of my major goals for 2015 was to hit the 50% level on the Colorado County Highpoint list. I started 2014 with 3.1% completed and I started 2015 at 17.2% completed*: today, after a lovely summit summer, I’m at 40.6%. I really let the county highpoint list drive my adventuring this summer but I don’t regret it in the least. I got to drive all over the mountains of my (relatively) new home state getting to know its mountain ranges and little towns.

I’m sad to see the summer come to an end. Sometimes I was frustrated with the weather, sometimes it was a little lonely, sometimes it was a little weird. There were lots of puppy cuddles, an FSJ convention, and a lot of miles on the road.

Beth & Sprocket on Mt. Zirkel

Even though there have been a lot of successes on the peaks**, the #summitsummer effect was real: I’d chased a goal, I’d been independent, I’d been happy. Life happened, I didn’t get everything done, but I did really make progress towards my goals. I thought back to this winter and how I declared #thenightisdarkandfullofsparkles to a guiding principle for 2015. The winter was really dark at times and the peaks of summer barely sparkled in the distance.

#summitsummer 2015 set me up to look forward to this winter and on to 2016. I’m excited about what is happening in my life. It’s not perfect, but I’m moving to where I want to be.
Year Accumulation 9/15

 

*11 counties: Ouray (Mt. Sneffels), Dolores (Mt. Wilson), Montrose (Castle Rock), Delta (Mt. Lamborn), Mesa (Leon Peak), San Miguel (Wilson Peak), Hinsdale (Uncompahgre Peak), Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, Broomfield.

 

**I have never hiked more vertical to peaks in a year. I’ve hiked a few hundred miles. I’ve never hiked more peaks by the end of September in a year. I’ve climbed 8 ranked 14,000′ peaks (plus 4 unranked peaks), 6 13,000′ peaks (plus 1 unranked peak), and 3 peaks over 12,000′.