SHANNON REED PORTRAIT

Goals...

Shannon Reed

I have three goals in the hopper at the moment – one of which is climbing all 53/54 of Colorado’s Fourteeners before my 51st birthday (so, by 11:59 pm on August 24, 2018). Totally reasonable – especially when you consider the fact that Andrew Hamilton climbed 58 peaks in nine days, 21 hours, and 51 minutes this summer. Beast! I’m not sure how he got four more peaks under his belt – need to find that out and maybe do those, too – rawr!

The only thing that matters when it comes to setting a goal is that you feel it in your bones – you want to/need to/must do it. Doesn’t need to be reasonable or attainable – psssshhhh – if it’s something you want to do, you’ll find a way to make it happen – trust me. There is one more thing – maybe even more important than the first thing: It’s not about the goal. Good grief, if it was about the goal, I’d look at that list up there and feel defeated before I even took my first step. I’m just so excited about the journey – how I handle it, how it changes me, opens me up, breaks me down, builds me up, excites me, thrills me, and makes me laugh/cry/curse. I’m going to be learning some good stuff along the way – how fun is that going to be?!

Anyhoo, I’m starting with the Class 1s first and working my way up the technical ladder; by the time I’m ready to tackle those last 6, I’m going to have to employ some pretty good climbing skills if I’m to reach those summits. I’ve climbed with ropes before, so that’s not a brand new thing to me – it’s just been about 30 years. Haha – think it’s like riding a bike? I hope so!

I plan on climbing Grays and Torreys in about a week and a half as long as there isn’t heavy snow expected. I have about ten peaks on my winter climb list and hope to do some of those before I head to France/Spain on March 31, 2016 (I’ll be in great shape to climb the Pyrenees!). Forecasts aren’t looking to be in my favor with El Nino making a stink this winter, but I’ll see what I can do. Safety first – safety always. “)

I’ll keep a log of my climbs with weather and route conditions in case anyone stumbles across this blog and wants to know what to expect. So far, it’s looking like minimal snow but dropping temps for this first climb – ordered some microspikes along with a few other health and safety items with the intent of keeping myself out of trouble.

And so the countdown begins…  giddyup!