Bio: Born In Arkansas, raised all over, now experiencing a record breaking 11 years in one place. Married with two kiddos!
Why did you join the 52 Peak Club: Kerri Borman. The challenge. I like hiking. It was a match. Prior to the 52 Peak Club, I walked all the neighborhood trails and other prepared surfaces including the Las Vegas marathon…but it was kind of monotonous wandering! Linda lead a Kraft scrambling up the rocks and unleashed my inner 6 year old. I was hooked. I joined on the next Peak I did. In retrospect, I made great friends and had some really cool experiences.
Date Completed all 52 Peaks: February 21, 2015
Toughest Peak: Hmmmm…. Juniper. Rainbow. East. Frenchman’s. Only because I had to fight my asthma. But where it made my confidence waver, I found friends who brought it back. The hikes where we talk, climb and generally have fun are the easiest regardless of their elevation gain or distance. I dreaded Charleston Peak, but when it came down to it... the right frame of mind and the right people to hike with… it wasn’t worth worrying about!
Favorite Hike: Ice Box. It was my second to last hike for the 52 Peaks. Walk up the creek, take a left, climb up and up, then wander a bit and you are there! I like the ropes and the scrambling. It’s short, challenging in parts, but beautiful and varied.
How did you feel once you became a 53er: A little silly standing there in my Ninja suit! Overall, however, accomplished, satisfied, and, well…
Advice for new hikers: While it is always important to be realistic about you fitness level, this is a very attainable goal. Every hike develops your endurance and confidence. If you are already a great hiker, take a moment an look around. This desert is amazing.