#1: I will undoubtedly remember 2018 as the year I traveled to the roof of the world. Not only did I experience some of the most dramatic and beautiful mountain scenery and had some of the best hiking days of my life, I got to do it alongside my best friend. .
More than anything, the time I spent in these mountains taught me patience and the true meaning of resilience. I learned to navigate around my expectations, to accept and enjoy any outcome regardless of my preconceived notions of success and failure. To enjoy being because that is where I am meant to be. .
Wishing everyone a happy 2019!
Taking a moment to reflect on this past year and some of the experiences and memories that stand out. For the past three years I've done a top 3 count down, as a way to look back at my favorite memories of the year and also share some additional imagery that I haven't posted prior.
This year I had a lot of "micro-adventures" so it was difficult to pick just one for my #3. Instead I decided to combine the mountain climbing adventures I had throughout the Summer. From an early season summit of Mt. Whitney, a few California 14ers, to climbing Mt. Rainier in a day, this year I had a lot of fun trying to get to the summit of mountains!
It's been almost a week since I left the Himalayas. The roughly 120 days I spent there flew by in the blink of an eye but after spending so much time in one place, I grew accustomed to it and the transition back is always difficult. Part of it is processing my experience and missing these beautiful landscapes.
Returning from a trip, I always receive the same question: how was it? And it is particularly difficult to put an experience into words - even pictures don't do a place justice sometimes. But to everyone that asks, all I can say is that it is a place you should experience once in your lifetime!