2016 In Review: By The Numbers

As I alluded to in my 2016 review post, this was not necessarily my best year for tallying big numbers since there were other priorities on the docket but I want to document things for posteritiy anyway. (My 2015 post is here if you’re curious!)

Hiking:

This year is a bit complicated in the hiking section since I definitely trail ran things that I would have counted as “hiking” in the past but I didn’t split my runs in my tracking between “trail running” and “road running” but I’m not going to stress too  much about my data.

I hiked 176 miles in 44 different outings down from 50 trips and 277 miles in 2015 (including some snowshoe adventures).

Peakbagging

I hiked 43 summits in 130 miles with 30,115 feet of elevation gain. This was a pretty small decrease in the number of peaks but a pretty substantial plummet to my mileage and vertical from 2015.

I hiked 17 county highpoints in Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and Oklahoma. My goal of finishing Colorado’s County High Points by the end of 2016, took a beating thanks to the fact that I deferred to my goal of building a house. Taking a Spring Break trip to collect most of the plains highpoints taking me to 73.4% (47/64). I grabbed my first two Utah county highpoints over Labor Day weekend. I also added three of Arizona’s County High Points, reaching 66.7% (10/15) on my annual Thanksgiving road trip adventure. I made it to the summit of Oklahoma’s state highpoint, my only state highpoint of the year.

Running

I did much better at running in 2016 (and started supplementing running with some cross country skiing). Sprocket and I started practicing #joyrunning and found ourselves exploring trails much more. I got my behind out more than 200 times covering 345 mi! This is still nothing amazing but I’m getting better; we’ll see if I can do more than that in 2017!

2015 In Review: By The Numbers

It’s time for the 2015 Stat Crazy post! (Here’s the 2014 Edition)

Hiking:

I hiked 50 different times totaling 277 miles. This is down from 61 hikes in 2014 but my mileage was also up.

Peakbagging

2014 had definitely been my best year to date and I topped it in 2015! I hiked 56 summits in 200 miles with 71,000 feet of elevation gain. This represented only a 12% modest  increase in peaks climbed but a fairly substantial 78% increase in peakbagging miles and 104% increase in elevation gained.

2015 Peakbagging

I hiked 31 county highpoints in Washington, Colorado, and Arizona. I reached my goal of at least 50% of Colorado’s County High Points by the end of 2015, clocking in with 54.7% of the list completed (35/64). I made some serious progress on Arizona’s County High Point list, reaching 46.7% (7/15) thanks to an amazing Thanksgiving trip. I claimed another state high point, Mt. Elbert during my county high pointing quest. Elbert was also one of 7 (ranked) 14ers I summited in 2015 (the others were Grays, Torreys, Castle, Democrat, Lincoln, and Bross) putting me at 22% on the CMC 14ers list.

Running

Peakbagging was my emphasis in 2015 but I upped my mileage in December and look forward to upping it again during January. Looking forward to a much more consistent and well rounded workout schedule in 2016 to facilitate more peaks!

What Happened To My Sunshine?

This spring has been … challenging in the weather department.

After a warm, dry winter (although less dry than California and not as warm as the Pacific Northwest), I was looking forward to early high season access. And then came May.

It will not stop being stormy, windy, and rainy! And perhaps just as bad, snow keeps accumulating at the higher elevations.

Red Mountain Pass Snowtel 5/24

I’m really not kidding. Check out these two graphs from the Grand Junction NWS office:

NWS Wet Spring 2015

 

2015 Wet Spring

So yeah, it’s been wet and windy.

I’ve had work to do on the Jeep but taking out the back window seems a bit risky when I can hardly find a three hour window to work on it when it’s dry. I went for it yesterday and now Francis is wearing a diaper until it quits raining again. I guess that’s a plus of living in De Beque next school year: my house has a garage.

Francis without rear window

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest but living in sunny Colorado (well, sunny up until lately anyway) has made me soft: I haven’t gotten out out hiking much and after winter I’m pretty over working out indoors.

All things considered though, cuddling with this pup isn’t too bad:

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2014 In Review: By The Numbers

Because I’m a huge data nerd, for your pleasure, my 2014 fitness year in numbers.

Hiking: 

I hiked 61 different times totalling 186 miles. The cool stats are all about peakbagging:

Peakbagging:

2014 was by far my best year ever in the peakbagging category. I had a total of 50 summits that I hiked 112.7 miles to reach gaining 34,856′. (I also attained 11 of those summits by car, Jeep or ATV with 0′ of gain each. Required 3,000′ purist I am not.)

This represented a 49.8% increase in peakbagging mileage, a 51% increase in elevation gained, and a 127% increase in peaks bagged.

Climbing summary 2003-2014

I climbed mountains in nine states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Utah, and Washington) plus one in Jordan.

Sprocket joined me for 31 of the 50 summits. I only did 12 of the 50 without either Sprocket or human company. I only had human company for 18 of the peaks.

I visited 18 county highpoints spread over five states (Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Oregon and Washington) bringing my lifetime total to 29. I’m hoping to start globbing together more counties in 2015! Two of these county highpoints were also Colorado 14ers: Wilson Peak and Uncompahgre, bringing my 14er total to 5 (plus unranked El Diente).

County Highpoint Map, end 2014

Running: 

Running was, again, not my priority in 2014. I ran in one race (Rainier To Ruston) and totalled just 131 miles.

 

The last bit of 2014 was pretty dismal as far as working out was concerned and I can feel it. I have big goals for 2015 and I’m already kicking things into gear (I put in 31 miles on foot Christmas week!). I am already so pumped to write the 2015 edition of the report next year!

2013 In Review

I can’t believe 2013 is almost over! It’s been quite a year in the life of Team 3Up:

January and February:

Most of January & February were spent hanging out in Ajo exploring the desert. Highlights were driving the Camino Del Diablo and hiking in Arch Canyon.

My faithful hiking buddy

Forrest climbing in Arch Canyon

March:

We sold our Sprinter van and bought an adorable 1977 Scamp. We also watched live bombing practice on the Barry Goldwater Range and went Jeeping in Mexico. As the weather started to warm up, we headed north to Moab.

Welcome toast to the Scamp

April:

After doing some snow wheeling, we decided the Scamp wasn’t quite what we needed and switched to a Chevy van. We hung out in Indian Creek, visited the San Rafael Swell, and explored the Book Cliffs.

Van in canyon

Along the way, the mountains called to us and we visited the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and the San Juan mountains.

May:

The mountains had called to us alright…we bought property outside of Ridgway, Colorado!

Log Hill Mesa views

June andJuly:

June and July were all about exploring the high country of the San Juans, plus we visited Mesa Verde. I also was named a Stonewear Ambassador for 2013-2014.

Beth and Forrest

Mesa Verde National Park

August:

14ers month! We climbed Mt. Sneffels and did battle with Mother Nature on El Diente before successfully summiting both it and Mt. Wilson the following week! We also attended the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City and had a blast.

Hand gash on El Diente's slopes

Beth and Forrest, summit of Pinnacle Peak

September:

Exploring our new home continued along with doing some work up on the property.

San Juan Mountains

October:

We adventured our way to Moab and then on to Oregon to pick up our new motorcycle. We bought our toyhauler and began making winter plans. I also became part of Columbia Sportswear’s #omniten!

OmniTen

November:

We hit the road again! November stops included Goosenecks of the San Juan; Comb Wash; Cottonwood, Arizona; and backpacking in Sycamore Canyon.

Beers on the "porch"

December:

The last month of the year was pretty much taken up getting organized in our truck and camper. We tossed in some adventures around Arizona plus I headed to Chicago for a fantastic girls weekend.

Lance 815 on a flatbed

 

Happy New Years from 3Up Adventures!

We cannot wait for another wonderful year of adventures in 2014!