I did a great couple of hikes in the neighborhood this week. The first was Mother Superior / Priest & Nuns / Sister Superior, I know.....Those are all names I've seen on different maps. It starts out super mellow walking horse trails through red hills for the first four miles but the last 3/4 of a miles you gain about 1800' of elevation and my Fitbit read the equivalent of walking up 233 flights of stairs and in 3/4 of a mile. A suffer fest and I loved it!
The next day I decided to finally climb Round Mountain. It's a feature at the base of the La Sal mountains in my small town of Castle Valley, Utah.
There isn't any certain trail to follow and my neighbor Frank joined me. We parked on the highway and made our way around to the western slope. I followed a game trail that led us up ruble slides and was incredibly steep. Once we reached the top we realized it was the least hospitable side for climbing. Oh well now we know for the next time. The views were amazing over the valley it's about 1500' climb from the Valley.
Tomorrow begins a three day stretch of guiding clients on hikes within Arches NP. I pulled a couple of Fiery Furnace permits for this weekend for filming and to just keep the momentum of going to that amazing place in the Moab desert. I think I'll break 380 times through this weekend and have made the decision to go for 1000 lifetime trips. I'll try to hit 450 in 2017.