The start to school has and continues to be rather hectic but I finally have a moment to sit down and reflect on my own 14er madness. While I’ve managed to avoid several of David’s most crazy hikes it has still been a big year for me. The most challenging physically was Capital Peak due to its long approach, intense knife edge crossing and route finding all intensified by a lack of conditioning. The traverse from North to South Maroon followed by Pyramid were probably the most fulfilling as far as personal achievement for the 14ers. I missed out on a few in the spring due to my knee injury but still managed to summit 19 individual peaks in 2013. In September I also missed out (or happily avoided) David’s final push to finish since, based on medical advice, I am now trapped at or below treeline for the time being, which leaves me with just 10 summits on my list. I guess it will have to be a long-term goal that I’ll return to after the insanity begins and David adds another category for our posts. In the mean time, David and I have captured many amazing memories in this quest.
Luckily for Maddy and I there are lots of beautiful places you can enjoy that don’t take you above treeline (though there are fewer here in Colorado then some other places). I finally have enough energy for some short hikes and these shots are of an open space park that had some Aspen changing colors. Other fall activities have included baking lots of sweets including Caramel Bite Cookies that almost satisfy the cravings I’ve had lately.