2017 In Review: By The Numbers

Ha. Ha. Ha.

2017 was about numbers in the bank to put a (heated, insulated) roof over my head. But, for posterity’s sake (as if the global posterity cared about my numbers), here is my 2017:


I’m still working at resolving my weird boundary issues with running and hiking for 2018 but anyway, that’s my own obsession with data integrity. Anyhow, I hiked 150 miles in just 29 outings (down from 44 outings in 2016 and fifty in 2017). I PROMISE MYSELF TO BE BETTER TWENTY-EIGHTEEN.

Photo David Wherry

I only summited sixteen peaks in 2017, down from 43 in 2016 and 56 in 2015. Considering the amount of free time I (did not) have, I actually don’t fret about this too much because when I made time to hike, I climbed big things. 2017 featured my highest average peak height ever. And apparently I did some steep stuff because I surpassed my 2016 elevation gain despite being wayyyy down in peaks and miles. (Admittedly, 2015 and 2016 were padded by some low elevation plains high points to achieve list completion eventually.)

Beth Lakin graph data

Beth Lakin graph data

I did get six county highpoints: San Juan County, Utah’s Mt. Peale, Navajo County, Arizona’s Black Mesa, Nevada’s Storey County highpoint Mt. Davidson, Jackson County’s Clark Peak and Eagle County’s Mount of the Holy Cross in Colorado, and Arizona’s Cochise County highpoint Chiricahua Peak. I’m only three peaks from finishing Arizona (80%), and three quarters done with Colorado (76.56%). I’m hoping to make a really solid run at Colorado next year. I have a lot of big but awesome peaks left in my home state!

Photo Katherine Zalan


No wonder I’m not feeling my best. I ran 200+ times in 2016 but only 46 times in 2017. I need to be better about moving my body more (I’m headed out in a bit so I’ll be 2/2 in 2018 in a couple of hours!) Despite that cratering of number of times, I did only fall to 184 miles from 345 in 2016.

Beth Lakin trail running

Training in General:

Didn’t happen. I just gritted my way up peaks because I needed them for my soul. I’m looking forward to living a life that can be much more balanced in 2018 and one of the things I’m looking forward to emphasizing is my fitness goals!


Past In The Numbers posts:

2016 In Review: By The Numbers

As I alluded to in my 2016 review post, this was not necessarily my best year for tallying big numbers since there were other priorities on the docket but I want to document things for posteritiy anyway. (My 2015 post is here if you’re curious!)


This year is a bit complicated in the hiking section since I definitely trail ran things that I would have counted as “hiking” in the past but I didn’t split my runs in my tracking between “trail running” and “road running” but I’m not going to stress too  much about my data.

I hiked 176 miles in 44 different outings down from 50 trips and 277 miles in 2015 (including some snowshoe adventures).


I hiked 43 summits in 130 miles with 30,115 feet of elevation gain. This was a pretty small decrease in the number of peaks but a pretty substantial plummet to my mileage and vertical from 2015.

I hiked 17 county highpoints in Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and Oklahoma. My goal of finishing Colorado’s County High Points by the end of 2016, took a beating thanks to the fact that I deferred to my goal of building a house. Taking a Spring Break trip to collect most of the plains highpoints taking me to 73.4% (47/64). I grabbed my first two Utah county highpoints over Labor Day weekend. I also added three of Arizona’s County High Points, reaching 66.7% (10/15) on my annual Thanksgiving road trip adventure. I made it to the summit of Oklahoma’s state highpoint, my only state highpoint of the year.


I did much better at running in 2016 (and started supplementing running with some cross country skiing). Sprocket and I started practicing #joyrunning and found ourselves exploring trails much more. I got my behind out more than 200 times covering 345 mi! This is still nothing amazing but I’m getting better; we’ll see if I can do more than that in 2017!

2015 In Review: By The Numbers

It’s time for the 2015 Stat Crazy post! (Here’s the 2014 Edition)


I hiked 50 different times totaling 277 miles. This is down from 61 hikes in 2014 but my mileage was also up.


2014 had definitely been my best year to date and I topped it in 2015! I hiked 56 summits in 200 miles with 71,000 feet of elevation gain. This represented only a 12% modest  increase in peaks climbed but a fairly substantial 78% increase in peakbagging miles and 104% increase in elevation gained.

I hiked 31 county highpoints in Washington, Colorado, and Arizona. I reached my goal of at least 50% of Colorado’s County High Points by the end of 2015, clocking in with 54.7% of the list completed (35/64). I made some serious progress on Arizona’s County High Point list, reaching 46.7% (7/15) thanks to an amazing Thanksgiving trip. I claimed another state high point, Mt. Elbert during my county high pointing quest. Elbert was also one of 7 (ranked) 14ers I summited in 2015 (the others were Grays, Torreys, Castle, Democrat, Lincoln, and Bross) putting me at 22% on the CMC 14ers list.


Peakbagging was my emphasis in 2015 but I upped my mileage in December and look forward to upping it again during January. Looking forward to a much more consistent and well rounded workout schedule in 2016 to facilitate more peaks!

2014 In Review: By The Numbers

Because I’m a huge data nerd, for your pleasure, my 2014 fitness year in numbers.


I hiked 61 different times totalling 186 miles. The cool stats are all about peakbagging:


2014 was by far my best year ever in the peakbagging category. I had a total of 50 summits that I hiked 112.7 miles to reach gaining 34,856′. (I also attained 11 of those summits by car, Jeep or ATV with 0′ of gain each. Required 3,000′ purist I am not.)

This represented a 49.8% increase in peakbagging mileage, a 51% increase in elevation gained, and a 127% increase in peaks bagged.

I climbed mountains in nine states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Utah, and Washington) plus one in Jordan.

Sprocket joined me for 31 of the 50 summits. I only did 12 of the 50 without either Sprocket or human company. I only had human company for 18 of the peaks.

I visited 18 county highpoints spread over five states (Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Oregon and Washington) bringing my lifetime total to 29. I’m hoping to start globbing together more counties in 2015! Two of these county highpoints were also Colorado 14ers: Wilson Peak and Uncompahgre, bringing my 14er total to 5 (plus unranked El Diente).


Running was, again, not my priority in 2014. I ran in one race (Rainier To Ruston) and totalled just 131 miles.

The last bit of 2014 was pretty dismal as far as working out was concerned and I can feel it. I have big goals for 2015 and I’m already kicking things into gear (I put in 31 miles on foot Christmas week!). I am already so pumped to write the 2015 edition of the report next year!

2013 In Review: By Numbers

2013 certainly was full of adventures and I look forward to 2014 being even more exciting but first I thought I’d do a little different look at 2013: I’m a huge fan of stats. I like to know how far, how fast, how long, how tall and keep tabs on all the numbers. Perhaps it’s just the scientist, data-keeper in me. Thanks to Peakbagger.com and MapMyRun, I was able to find a bunch of fitness related numbers to play with for 2013.

Looking back on what you’ve accomplished in a year has two purposes. The first, of course, is to be reminded of all the good things that have happened. 2013 was certainly a banner year for me in some respects and I’m really proud of that. The second purpose is to figure out how you can improve upon your results for the future. There’s room in all my numbers for 2014 improvement. It should be fun to come back and check on these numbers next year!


I didn’t run much in 2013. Running was always something I should have been doing more of and just didn’t make the time for it.

Running mileage for 2013: 164mi (plus the run I’m squeezing in this afternoon).


At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to hike 100 miles. I’d never really kept track of my hiking mileage over a year and didn’t have a very good idea of what was realistic so I picked a nice round 100.

And looking back at my records, there were months that I did a horrible job of getting out to hike. They were some of the best months for hiking…they also happened to be the months I worked this year: May, June, and July. (September was pretty pathetic too.) Despite that I managed about 250 miles.

Hiking mileage for 2013: 247.7mi


I also embraced the fact that I like hiking for a goal. Specifically, I like climbing to the tallest point around (aka peakbagging or highpointing). 2013 blew previous years out of the water in this respect. Using stats from Peakbagger.com, I generated this lovely little chart (because I’m a giant nerd). This chart only includes data from summit bound hikes:

Look out 2014. It’s on.