climbing log, military climber

Forgotten memories…


My climbing adventures began as an officer candidate at BYU in the R.O.T.C. program. Climbing is an outdoor activity I have enjoyed doing, off and on, for the past thirty-five years. Even though I was encouraged to keep a climbing log, I never did. The majority of my climbing partners kept them. However, I erroneously reasoned “all that paperwork” was a waste of time for a myriad of reasons. How I regret that decision!

It’s not so much about remembering and reminiscing over the actual climbs, but the details associated with those climbs. It would be gratifying to remember who I was with, what I was thinking or how I felt during that singular time in my life, what the day was like and if anything exciting happened, what terrain feature we climbed, and how we climbed it.


Also, I want to have a record of the places I’ve climbed in the event any of my progeny develops an interest in climbing/hiking. I think it would be a rewarding experience for them if they could stand on some of the same peaks or hike some of the same trails I have. This connection would give them an opportunity to see the world from an alternative vantage point and different perspective as it did for me.

Map of Climbing Goals and Achievements

Note: Map functions better in full-screen mode; particularly on computers with less than 8GB of memory.

Climbing Goals

I have set a personal goal to climb the highest peak in each of Utah’s counties. This activity is also a good excuse to explore the state I’ve lived in for the majority of my life and know relatively little. Also, it is a good motivator to get out and experience nature more often than I do.

I’ll most likely go beyond this list, but it will be a good starting point. Each peak “bagged” or trail hiked is included under the “Destinations” column. Each completed destination is linked to a post with more details to include a trip report. Clicking on the date completed will take you to my official log of that specific climb/hike.

Log Summary Highlights

Total number of logged hikes: 4
Highest-elevation point reached: 10,441 ft.
Sum total hiking time: 9 hrs. 20 mins.
Sum total distance hiked: 8.0 mi.
Sum total elevation gained: 817 ft.

Condensed Climbing Log
DestinationsLocationElev-Ft.Date Completed
Kings PeakDuchesne-UT13,528
Gilbert PeakSummit-UT13,442
Mount PealeSan Juan-UT12,721
Mount WaasGrand-UT12,331
Eccentric BenchmarkDaggett-UT12,276
Eccentric BenchmarkUintah-UT12,276
Delano PeakBeaver-UT12,169
Delano PeakPiute-UT12,169
Mount NeboUtah-UT11,928
Fish Lake HightopSevier-UT11,633
Mount EllenGarfield-UT11,522
American Fork Twin PeaksSalt Lake-UT11,489
Boulder TopWayne-UT11,320
Brian HeadIron-UT11,307
South Tent MountainSanpete-UT11,285
Deseret PeakTooele-UT11,031
Murdock Mountain-West SlopeWasatch-UT10,840
East BenchmarkEmery-UT10,743
Monument PeakCarbon-UT10,44107-02-2016
Signal PeakWashington-UT10,365
Mine Camp PeakMillard-UT10,222
Kane County High PointKane-UT10,080
Naomi PeakCache-UT9,979
Bull MountainBox Elder-UT9,934
Willard PeakWeber-UT9,763
Thurston PeakDavis-UT9,706
Thurston PeakMorgan-UT9,706
Bridger PeakRich-UT9,255
Grotto FallsUtah-UT6,45907-07-2016
Escalante CrossUtah-UT5,30807-09-2016
Stewart FallsUtah-UT
Francis PeakDavis-UT9,52007/01/2016

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Climbing Log
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Climbing Log
Climbing Log - This is the unofficial logbook of climbs made by Mark D. Carlson beginning in June of 2016. Includes Google "My Maps" for locations.
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