During the last few years, hiking has become my happy place. I love getting into the mountains, breathing fresh air, and moving. I’ve also grown to love the physical challenge of hiking. Climbing mountains isn’t easy, but it’s rewarding to push past my limits and accomplish something that’s difficult. We hiked some incredible trails while in Colorado, but now that we’re back in Utah, we’re enjoying discovering all that the local mountains have to offer.
One peak I’ve wanted to climb for years is Mt. Nebo. I climbed the south peak when I was 18 but never made it up Mt. Nebo peak. Nic made the climb a few weeks ago for his 36th birthday, but I had just sprained my ankle while trail running and decided to forego the hike that day (after that, the doctor told me that I could continue to be active; I’m not sure hiking the tallest mountain on the Wasatch Range is what she had in mind, but oh well). I was happy to finally get my chance to summit Mt. Nebo on Saturday.
I’m not going to lie, hiking Nebo was a challenge for me. The last half mile between North Peak and Mt. Nebo Peak is sketchy, as you’re basically just making your way along the narrow ridge with steep drop offs on either side. The trail itself is also very steep.
I came so close to giving up on the last quarter of a mile; I’d hit a major wall and the mountain seemed insurmountable. Each step I took was excruciating.
Even though it was tough, I powered through and the view from the top was definitely worth it. All in all, we climbed 3,700 feet (the trail is very much up and down, which adds an extra 1,000 feet of elevation gain to the hike) over 9 miles. Although it wasn’t the most difficult hike we’ve done, it was a good reminder that I can do hard things if I take it one step at a time.