Once again, I achieved my perenial #1 goal, which was to avoid any appearance in ANAM. All else is gravy.

Highlight of the year was celebrating my 50th birthday on top of Mount Whitney in April, on a crisp, bluebird day. It was my first mountaineering trip, in which I learned I need to pack lighter (61 lbs = too much stuff!)

I followed that with an encore trip to Mt. Rainier with Carolyn R. and Christine W. in August. We were blessed with clear warm weather the whole trip. My pack weighed less, but still needs a diet.

Between those two trips was a 5-day horsepack trip in the Sangre de Christo Mountains with my oldest sister. Lots of time at high elevation for me this year.

On rock, I got comfortable leading, and occasionally onsighting, 5.5. Working my way up slowly... Also, followed my first 5.9, Directissima.

Kathy