How do you overcome doubt and frustrations? For me it usually just takes some time being outdoors.

The year has started out pretty good with some fun skiing. However, I have been struggling with working towards my goals of peaks summited and adventures for the year. I have set a goal to summit 30+ peaks over 10,000 feet this year. I have been a little off track with this goal since I have done zero so far. Thankfully, Brent talked me into going on a night run up Olympus earlier this week with a group of Wasatch Mountain Wranglers. It was a ton of fun. I have done Olympus in the winter before, but never in the dark. It added a great element to it. I love doing the same routes but in different seasons and times of the day. It is amazing to see the great beauty that God has given us to enjoy.

An excellent bluebird day to be out on the mountains today.

An excellent bluebird day to be out on the mountains today.

Yesterday I wanted to get out and do something. I decided that I would go get a couple of turns in up at Grizzly Gulch in Little Cottonwood Canyon. While gearing up in the parking lot I pondered on summitted a peak while up there. It is pretty easy to do Patsy Marley in the winter. I knew there would be a lot of lines up to it. Also, Flagstaff, Davenport and the Honeycomb peaks are pretty doable as well.

Love the views of Mt. Superior in the wintertime.

Love the views of Mt. Superior in the wintertime.

As I pondered this I determined that it would be nice to do two peaks. I haven’t had a double peak day in a long time. Looking up at the various peaks and routes along the groomed track I determined that I would head up towards Patsy Marley. I would then traverse over to South Honeycomb and down.

A look up towards Patsy Marley as I approach Twin Lakes Pass. A closer look shows a couple of skiers on the pass about to make the approach.

A look up towards Patsy Marley as I approach Twin Lakes Pass. A closer look shows a couple of skiers on the pass about to make the approach.

As I drew closer to Twin Lakes Pass I became more aware of the difficulty of making it from Patsy then back over to the Honeycomb area. Especially with time ticking away as it was. I then decided it would be best to tag both Honeycomb peaks and head back down. I traversed my way up towards the south summit and took in the great views of the Wolverine Cirque and Twin Lakes.

The view from Twin Lakes Pass down into the bowl and over to the Wolverine Cirque.

The view from Twin Lakes Pass down into the bowl and over to the Wolverine Cirque.

This was great because I have been atop Patsy before, but had never summited the Honeycomb Peaks. So this would be two new peaks to add to the list.

Loved this tree leading me to the excellent view of the Wolverine Cirque.

Loved this tree leading me to the excellent view of the Wolverine Cirque.

On top of the Honeycomb peaks I had some amazing views. It provides some epic views of the Alpine ridge line, Wolverine Cirque, Mt. Superior The Oquirrhs and the expanse of mountains to the East.

Honeycomb Peak views

The view back to Wolverine Cirque and the Alpine Ridgeline from the summit of Honeycomb South Peak

The view back to Wolverine Cirque and the Alpine Ridgeline from the summit of Honeycomb South Peak

The view towards Mt. Superior from the summit of Honeycomb North Peak.

The view towards Mt. Superior from the summit of Honeycomb North Peak.

It was a great feeling to be atop two peaks over 10,000 feet for the first time this year. I needed the feeling of summited and being in the outdoors. I feel rejuvenated and energized each time I get up on a summit. It is one of the greatest feelings I can have. There is a peace, gratitude and mindfulness that comes along with it. I hope that many of you can get out and enjoy the wild places that God has given us and hat we can be stewards over. Let us keep them wild and pure as well.

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Love the views of the Alpine Ridgeline from the summit.

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