This summer, I’m giving myself a project: complete 60 hikes in the Salt Lake area, and write about it.
In the span of a month and a half over this spring, I: turned 27, moved into my first solo apartment, ended a relationship, and decided to leave my PhD program. And before you ask, no, my Saturn return isn’t due for another year.
And since thru-hiking isn’t my style (way too much of an extrovert for that much solo trail time), this seems like the next best thing— and a great way to deepen my relationship to a place I’ve lived for years, but still feel like I know nothing about.
Importantly, this isn’t a hiking blog (with nods to Kathy Karlo and the For the Love of Climbing podcast). This is more about self-discovery and feelings and justice and me than it is about route beta or gear-testing.
I have a couple guidelines for myself:
- - Follow the route suggested in 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City (where the hikes are drawn from)— and go for the summit!
- - Set a soft target to complete all hikes by October, 2019.
- - Limit phone use while on the trail— make sure I’m doing it for myself, and not for the ‘gram.
- - Make time to play— and enjoy the process.
I’ve done a couple already, and I’m excited to share more. And if folks want to join me on the trail— you’re more than welcome. You can follow along here– but I’ll be out there either way.
Eastern Shoshone, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), and Goshute+ lands.