My climbing adventures began as an officer candidate at BYU in the R.O.T.C. program. Climbing is an outdoor activity I have enjoyed doing, off and on, for the past thirty-five years. Even though I was encouraged to keep a climbing log by various instructors, I never did. The majority of my climbing partners kept them. However, I erroneously reasoned “all that paperwork” was a waste of time; for a myriad of reasons. How I regret that decision!
It’s not so much about remembering and reminiscing over the actual climbs, but the details associated with those climbs. It would be gratifying to remember who I was with, what I was thinking or how I felt during that singular time in my life, what the day was like and if anything exciting happened, what terrain feature we climbed, and how we climbed it.
Also, I want to have a record of the places I’ve climbed in the event any of my progeny develops an interest in climbing/hiking. I think it would be a rewarding experience for them if they could stand on some of the same peaks or hike some of the same trails I have. This connection would give them an opportunity to see the world from an alternative vantage point and different perspective as it did for me.
Map of Climbing Goals and Achievements
Note: Map functions better in full-screen mode; particularly on computers with less than 8GB of memory.
I have set a personal goal to climb the highest peak in each of Utah’s counties. This activity is also a good excuse to explore the state I’ve lived in for the majority of my life and know relatively little about. Also, it is a good motivator to get out and experience nature more often than I do.
I’ll most likely go beyond this list, but it will be a good starting point. Each peak “bagged” or trail hiked is included under the “Destinations” column. Each completed destination is linked to a post with more details to include a trip report. Clicking on the date completed will take you to my official log of that specific climb/hike.
Log Summary Highlights
Total number of logged hikes: 4
Highest-elevation point reached: 10,441 ft.
Sum total hiking time: 9 hrs. 20 mins.
Sum total distance hiked: 8.0 mi.
Sum total elevation gained: 817 ft.
Condensed Climbing Log
|Mount Peale||San Juan-UT||12,721|
|Fish Lake Hightop||Sevier-UT||11,633|
|American Fork Twin Peaks||Salt Lake-UT||11,489|
|South Tent Mountain||Sanpete-UT||11,285|
|Murdock Mountain-West Slope||Wasatch-UT||10,840|
|Mine Camp Peak||Millard-UT||10,222|
|Kane County High Point||Kane-UT||10,080|
|Bull Mountain||Box Elder-UT||9,934|
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