My 100th 14’er Summit
I did it! This weekend I hiked to my 100th Colorado 14’er summit. Yes, you are correct, Colorado only has 58 peaks above 14,000 feet, but since completing them all in 2012, I’ve returned to many of them. Immediately after summiting Mt. Belford, I hiked to its conjoined twin, Mt. Oxford, for my 101st summit.
After a tough few weeks with my headache (see my recent post), it was rejuvenating to enjoy a day in the mountains with only minimal pain. Climbing my 100th and 101st 14’ers reminded me of the success I have been able to find despite my chronic headache. As I hiked, I thought of the many, many people with lifelong medical conditions who aren’t able to climb a 14’er even once, much less 101 times.
Gratitude. That’s what I found in the mountains this weekend.
Why do I keep climbing these mountains, you ask? Besides the intangible, unexpected gifts they give me (i.e. gratitude), I hike them again and again because I love to know them in their different seasons: