Rayna 101: 2013 Wrap Up

It’s that time of year, when everyone looks back on the previous year and decides what kind of year it was. My year? It was full of ups and downs but overall, I’d say it was a win.

It included trips to some of my favorite places, including trips to six different states (Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California, New Mexico, Pennsylvania),  two National Parks (Rocky Mountain, Joshua Tree), and over ten climbing destinations (Sinks Canyon, Ten Sleep, Vedauwoo, Wild Iris, Shelf Road, Moab, Indian Creek, St. George, Red Rocks, Joshua Tree and of course the local crags of Golden and Boulder).

My favorites?

Definitely the spring break trip with Christian to Utah, Nevada and California. It was suppose to be a Red River Gorge climbing trip in Kentucky but we had to change it last minute due to rain.  It involved great climbing, exploring J-Tree and ended with both of us exhausted and unable to open our hands all the way.

2013 Wrap Up in St. George, Utah

Second favorite? Our Wyoming trip with Martha were we spent the better part of ten days climbing at Ten Sleep and Wild Iris. We also explored the small town of Thermopolis, known for it’s “world’s largest national hot spring” and we celebrated Martha’s birthday with some nalgene margaritas.

Our trip to Moab was pretty awesome too. I got to climb *most* of Ancient Art, which is a huge feat for me considering it is a 4 pitch climb up something I can only describe as hard mud.  Still it was pretty cool watching two of my favorite people climb the last pitch while I took pictures a few hundred feet in the air, surrounded by the desert of Utah. It was pretty amazing.

2013 Wrap Up - Climbing ancient art in Moab, Utah

I also graduated from college this year. After almost 7 years of hard work and too many exhausting semesters, I’ve finally done it. I now have a Bachelors of Science in Human Performance and Sport with a minor in Nutrition. Exercise Science and Nutrition are both things I’ve been passionate about for a long time and I really did enjoy being a student, but while it is bittersweet to finally be done, I’m really excited to get to put 100% of my efforts into photography… and climbing.

This year Christian and I also bought our first house. We’ve decided that Denver is our home for now and we don’t have any immediate plans to go anywhere else, so we’ve grown small roots in our little condo next to Olde Town Arvada. We really love it, as do our kitties. 

I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to do this year but sometimes life happens and this year, it definitely did. While a few climbing and traveling trips were put on hold this year because of Christian’s accident, we’re planning to make 2014 just that much better. And in the end, this year was a huge reminder about how important friends and family are and how you should never take a single day for granted. Even the downs come with a silver lining.

2013 Wrap Up with Family in Pittsburgh

So what’s in store for 2014?  I guess you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to read my 2014 Tick List.

How was your 2013? Tell me about it below.