2014 Year in Review

I can think of no better way to begin the year than with good friends in a beautiful place. 2014 began with playing in snow in Montana with Quadlings.

Quads Cabin Trip 2013 (Photo credit: Gordon Nelson)

In February I went ice climbing for the second time. Abram, Anne, and co. set up an awesome weekend of climbing in Ouray.

The winter and spring allowed for no shortage of sliding on snow. I was lucky enough to get 49 days last season, including a tremendously fun trip to Aspen (Snowmass) in February with Scott, Chris, Sagar & Co, and a March ski trip to Jackson Hole with Sagar and Jon:

Getting after it at Jackson Hole. (Photo Credit: Sagar Gondalia)

Other highlights of the season include the New Belgium scavenger hunt at Loveland with Abram, Sagar, and Jon:

Sagar, Abram, Jon, Me

Beach days at A Basin (with mono ski!):

Lokie and Matt at an Arapahoe Basin Beach Day

Arapahoe Basin Pond Skim

And some good backcountry corn harvesting on Gray’s and Torey’s peak:

John harvesting spring corn snow down Torey's Peak's Tuning Fork Couloir

In April my Dad ran the Boston Marathon (which I was able to attend and cheer at), and he retired in May.

My sister turned 40 the day after Christmas, which I was able to celebrate with her, her awesome husband Tory, four kids, my parents, brother, and Tory’s family.

I baked a lot of pizza and bread (and finally feel that I have my pizza dough down).

In May we took a trip to Indian Creek some climbing and to celebrate Sagar’s birthday.

Sagar Climbing in Indian Creek

In June I went to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival with TJ and Candice.

Candice enraptured by Jerry Douglas

Jason Isbell's Nightgrass show is one of the most powerful and transportive I've ever been lucky enough to attend.

I celebrated the 4th of July with Griffin, Ali, Todd, Aaron, Joe, Emily and a host of other good folks in Taos. Festivities included downhill mountain biking and paddling through the Lower Taos Box in the Rio Grande.

Lower Taos Box in the Rio Grande

In July, Sagar, Candice and I went into the Indian Peaks wilderness to train for Rainier. We camped in beautiful Moose Basin, and climbed Skywalker Couloir.

Skywalker Couloir on South Arapahoe Peak

Our training paid off, and Sagar, Candice and I successfully climbed Mount Rainier via the Emmons Winthrop route a few weeks later.

Candice at Camp Schurman

Sagar and Little Tahoma

Jon taught me the rudiments of mountain biking this summer. Fall highlights include hiking down Mount Elbert with Jon, and a Moab mountain biking trip with Joe, Emily, Cole, Griffin, Emily, Jon, and crew.

Jon and Mark with Mountain Bikes at summit of Mt. Elbert

Jon riding trial down Mt. Elbert

Moab Mountain Biking

I ran the Rim Rock Marathon in November, finishing 7th in a field of ~100 runners.

Then, it was off to Mexico for an extended road trip. Highlights include spending Thanksgiving with Bri and Curtis in San Cristobal de las Casas, and the friends we made along the way.

Curtis, Mark, Bri in San Cristobal de las Casas

Last but not least, I studied for and took the GMAT, and applied to grad schools. I’ve applied to eight different data science and data analytics programs.

Wrapped up the year by once again returning to Bozeman. I am blessed to have once again welcomed the New Year a dozen Quadlings and dear friends.

Quads Cabin Trip 2014

These were but the highlights of a very fun, fulfilling and rewarding year. I’m grateful for the experiences, the fun, and the good friendships that filled 2014. Looking forward to carrying on the fun in 2015!

About Mark Egge

Two truths and a lie: Mark Egge is an outdoor enthusiast, opera singer, and a data science student at Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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3 Responses to 2014 Year in Review

  1. Jerry Egge says:

    Mark,

    What a year! I’m sure you’ll enjoy 2015 too.
    Dad

  2. Tory says:

    Pretty incredible Mark! You’ve packed so many experiences into one year. Happy to make the highlight reel.

    2015 will be a transformative year for you.

    Blessings and keep enjoying the journey.

  3. Jenny says:

    Wow! What a year of incredible adventures! Thanks for sharing the great pictures! My highlight was spending Christmas and my 40th with you. Thanks for making it!
    Love you!
    Jenny