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Rainy Day Hike & Today's Fitbit Stats

Monday, October 22, 2012

Yes, it does rain in California.
Extremely wet and extremely cold hike today.

The beginning


The middle


The end


My knees did not like the downhill on the slippery trails. I guess you step much differently when it's slippery and that was extremely hard on my knees.

Look at my fitbit stats! Cool, huh?
34851 steps taken today
509 floors climbed today
17 miles traveled today
2938 calories burned
2210 active score
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BOVEY63 10/24/2012 10:54AM

    That first picture actually looks a bit spooky to me!
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Awesome calorie burn!
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/23/2012 6:10PM

    the fit bit counts your steps? that is very cool! where was the hike?

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BKNOCK 10/23/2012 11:00AM

    I have been thinking about buying a fitbit! That is so awesome!

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MARLINDA5 10/23/2012 12:25AM

    Very cool emoticon emoticon

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CARTOONB 10/22/2012 10:50PM

    That is fantastic..except the cold part. And the wet part. And the pain in the knees part. The rest is fantastic!

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KNITTABLES 10/22/2012 10:09PM

    THat is awesome. emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/22/2012 8:11PM

    you did emoticon emoticon

The fitbit really sounds neat

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TRAVELISMYGAME 10/22/2012 11:20AM

    Great pics & wonderful stats! Thanks for sharing.

Tiffany
10k leader

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NORWOODGIRL 10/22/2012 10:28AM

    Great stats!

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/22/2012 7:46AM

    Great hike either way. Downhill is always murder on my knees. I'm battling a knee annoyance right now and I'm about 90% certain it happened walking down a mountain path. I feel your pain. lol.

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MALEXANDER4 10/22/2012 6:51AM

    Wow great stats. Be careful...you don't want to break a leg on the way down. At least it cleared before you reached the end. lol.

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DONEGIRL 10/22/2012 6:08AM

    Great hiking! I find that using a walking pole is great for going downhill and takes some of the pressure from the knees. It's especially good when it's wet as it gives some stability. Nóirín

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IUHRYTR 10/22/2012 5:47AM

    Wow, what a successful day! Good going. Hope your knees feel better soon. -- Lou

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17 Miles, Rattlesnake, Rolled Ankle

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Rattler on the trail today, all coiled up and ready to strike. And that rattle was going going going. Good thing we were in the woods, managed to find a very long stick, and coaxed him a ways down the hill so we could pass.

Lunch - sun on my back. Love it!




Then, with about 3 miles to go I rolled my ankle. Was able to hike out at a fairly decent pace. Time to R.I.C.E., I have another hike coming up next Sunday.
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FLORNH 10/24/2012 6:29AM

    I'm so glad poisonous snakes are few and far between here in southern NH and I don't think there are any in the White Mountains.

I have a problem with rolling my ankle at the end of hikes too. I just started an exercise program to strengthen the muscles around my ankles to make it more stable. Glad you were able to hike out.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/23/2012 10:41PM

    Looks lime the top of Mt. Wilson?

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RECREATING_ME 10/20/2012 12:17AM

    Thank goodness that no one was hurt by that rattler!

So sorry to hear about your ankle emoticon I've twisted mine enough to know what a pain it is to deal with. I hope it is feeling better so you can go on this weekend's hike!

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IUHRYTR 10/17/2012 8:07AM

    Be well. Looks like lesson learned is to always carry a long stick. emoticon Enjoyed the pictures. Thanks. -- Lou

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MARLINDA5 10/15/2012 9:46PM

    Nice picture of you :)

The picture where you hiked is so beautiful

good job on getting rid of the snake - ugh

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MJ7DM33 10/15/2012 5:30PM

  Take care of your ankle! WOW! you handled the rattler well! emoticon that you got 17 miles done!

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IGSBETH 10/15/2012 1:09PM

    Sounds like an adventure for sure!

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BOVEY63 10/15/2012 1:02PM

    I hope your ankle is doing better. That snake would have had me totally freaked out!

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CATMAGNET 10/15/2012 9:06AM

    What a beautiful day to hike! I'm sorry that you had to deal with a rolled ankle, but hopefully it will heal up in time for your next hike!

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DEBRA0818 10/15/2012 6:49AM

    You sound so matter of fact about it all -- the sign of a person who truly accepts whatever happens. Sorry you rolled your ankle, but what a great day!

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MALEXANDER4 10/15/2012 6:09AM

    Thank you for sharing the pics. I love seeing your hikes. Rattle snakes? I think I will continue my walks at home down our quiet dirt road where a squirrel or two is about all I come up on. lol.

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ANDYLIN90 10/15/2012 2:42AM

    You would think a rattlesnake encounter would be enough for one hike!!! I'm sorry about your ankle and hope RICEing it helps and you will be back on the trail soon. I live in the Sonoran Desert so rattlers are not an uncommon occurance, but it is always startling to come up on one, especially coiled and in the middle of the trail.

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PHEBESS 10/15/2012 12:20AM

    Wow, I'm impressed with how you dealt with that snake! I'd probably have turned around and selected a different route. Like maybe in a major city!

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NORWOODGIRL 10/14/2012 11:21PM

    How calm you sound. I'd freak out if there was a rattlesnake around. There are no poisonous snakes here and I am GLAD!

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ELSTAMEY 10/14/2012 11:13PM

    I think I know what RICE means, but can only get Rest Ice... :)

I hope the ankle feels better tomorrow. Those soft tissue things can be wild cards. So definitely do the resting and icing. :)

The hike looked BEAUTIFUL! Do you stop to take a lot of pictures? I would have LOVED a picnic table on my hike Saturday. I'm jealous! :)

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DOLLFACEDX 10/14/2012 11:11PM

    did some rock-crawling and hiking today - fun times!

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Resentment - arrgh

Friday, October 12, 2012

I can't seem to jump over my own shadow - somebody please snap me out of it!

Sad day at work today - we were "offered" a 10% payCUT, in form of cutting 4 working hours a week, or we would have to let one person go. We decided to take one for the team and agreed to the 10% cut.

It will hurt financially (I'm a single earner) and while I took it with a smile I really want to SCREAM!!!

Please don't give me any "at least you're working", okay?
I know it was the right thing to do, yet I'm angry and feel let down.

Well, let's concentrate on the joy of having 2 full days off each month, and gas saved not having to commute.

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RECREATING_ME 10/20/2012 12:24AM

    Oh, man -- I am so sorry about that. I will refrain from going into "professional mode" (I'm a resume writer and career consultant), but will give my support virtually. I hope that turn of events does provide insight into possible directions you can take on your career path.

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BOVEY63 10/15/2012 1:01PM

    I would be bummed too - anytime we receive a cut in income it does hurt.
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IUHRYTR 10/14/2012 7:30PM

    Hoping things improve. Stay positive and be open to new opportunities. -- Lou

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/14/2012 10:24AM

    Of course, I only know what I know here (translation, very little), but this sounds of a company that is not doing well. Couple that with the impression that I have that you merely put up with your job (it's not doing something you LOVE or working at a company that is special), why don't you look for something else? Is this company/job so great/special/unique that you couldn't find a comparable position somewhere else? Or better yet, go to school/get training/self teach yourself a skill set that would allow you to obtain a job doing something you love?

In other words, could this situation be a springboard for something better?

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MALEXANDER4 10/13/2012 8:55AM

    I won't say a word because that sucks.....big time. emoticon

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PHEBESS 10/13/2012 12:04AM

    Yup, it sucks. Yup, it was the ethically and morally right thing to do. But it still hurts your paycheck, and your life for the foreseeable future.

So scream, punch pillows, do an intense workout, and get those feelings out.

(And we had a system-wide 8% cut last year, so I truly know how you feel.)

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MARLINDA5 10/12/2012 10:36PM

    Go ahead and SCREAM - I would be

good attitude about concentrating about not driving - saving gas & time to do things on those two days.

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KNITTABLES 10/12/2012 9:24PM

    emoticon Sorry to hear this. that sucks. I hope you have a great weekend and kick some shadowy butt.

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FRAN0426 10/12/2012 9:24PM

    Getting wages cut even to save one persons job---you can scream, it is allowed, even tho it is the right thing to do. Maybe you will have a little time to do something during those hours to enjoy a little needed relaxing with a good book or take another hike closer to home.

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FLORNH 10/12/2012 9:15PM

    Sorry to hear. Hope this opens a new door for you somewhere in your life!

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CARTOONB 10/12/2012 9:11PM

    Taking a pay cut sucks, regardless of the reason why. I'm sorry that today sucked. Hope you kick your shadow's butt!

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/12/2012 8:52PM

    How about some emoticon emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 10/12/2012 8:43PM

    Ouch! You are allowed to scream, and rant, and kick things (inanimate only, please). emoticon

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MASTERCARE 10/12/2012 8:22PM

    I understand...no one can earn less....we can barely make it now and costs keep going up.

I feel for you.

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ALIHIKES 10/12/2012 8:21PM

    Very sorry to hear about your cut in hours. emoticon

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JULABELLE 10/12/2012 8:11PM

    Oh man, that sucks. So sorry to hear that. Someday we will have to chat about why I left the company that I worked for for 17+ years.

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1200 Calories Before Lunch...

Monday, October 08, 2012

One of the great things about hiking is that you get to eat - a lot!
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A couple of turkey and cheese sandwiches (with mayo!), hardboiled egg, couple of apples, grapes, trail mix. Gotta keep that fuel coming.
I avoid granola bars and other such items. It's just candy in disguise... too much sugar for sure.

Yesterday's hike took me past a pretty little waterfall


through a camp in the woods


sunshine overhead (but very comfortable temps)


to our highest point at 4115'


We did 15 miles, gained 3100' and were back by 12:30. Started at 7:00, took a couple of snack breaks. Not a bad workout for a Sunday morning.
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MARLINDA5 10/12/2012 12:52AM

    The waterfall is beautiful - great pictures & nice job on the hike. emoticon

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BOVEY63 10/11/2012 1:44PM

    Awesome hike and scenery!
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FRAN0426 10/10/2012 10:41PM

    Wonderful pictures, lovley scenery to take a hike through. Fantastic on doing another great job hiking, and great food to eat.

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CARTOONB 10/9/2012 10:12PM

    Your snacks sound delicious!

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IUHRYTR 10/9/2012 10:08PM

    Looks like a peaceful place to visit. Glad you had a good time, and burned a lot of calories, too. emoticon -- Lou

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ELSTAMEY 10/9/2012 7:55PM

    I think that I haven't been eating enough on my hikes, and definitely not the right foods! I have been eating less than what you posted and taking longer to finish my hikes. Thanks for posting what you ate because it's really helping me! I've got less than one month before my big hike, if I can make it!

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RICKISMOM1 10/9/2012 6:39PM

    WOW, you did good time for such a hike (last year I did an easy mountain in the rockies, Twin Sisters, only 7 miles and about 2400' elevation gain. And it took us just as long. emoticon
I find that when I'm on the trail I definately eat less. I also stay away from granola bars. My favorite trail food is a FEW salted almonds.

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Thanks for the pics too!

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NORWOODGIRL 10/9/2012 3:20PM

    Fantastic! What fun - and a beautiful place to hike. emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 10/9/2012 12:02PM

    Such beautiful pictures! I could hike all day with scenery like that!

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SHANTODD420 10/9/2012 8:13AM

    Wow how pretty thanks for sharing.

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MALEXANDER4 10/9/2012 7:55AM

    Beautiful way to spend the morning. You have come so far and i'm so proudl of you on your journey.

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JULABELLE 10/9/2012 7:16AM

    that is impressive. I'm so glad that you have found an enjoyable method of fitness!!

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KITT52 10/9/2012 7:00AM

    looks beautiful

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DEBRA0818 10/9/2012 6:11AM

    Beautiful pictures evoking a truly holy Sunday indeed!

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BLUE42DOWN 10/9/2012 1:41AM

    Beautiful pictures! emoticon for sharing nature!

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ROCKYCPA 10/8/2012 11:34PM

    Sounds like a wonderful hike - great pics!

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SHELLB7 10/8/2012 11:18PM

    Great pictures! Love the waterfall!

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DIET_FRIEND 10/8/2012 11:05PM

    You're lucky to live where you can hike like that. I enjoy hiking. Where I live it's flat and extremely hot and buggy most of the year. On the plus side, we live near the ocean.

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KNITTABLES 10/8/2012 11:03PM

    AWesome job, great pictures.

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One Mile = One Mile. Or Does It?

Sunday, September 30, 2012

1 mile = 1760 yards = 5280 feet = 63360 inches
1 mile = 1.60934 km = 1609.34 m = 160934 cm
In mathematical terms this is a no brainer.

As a practical application, related to hiking, the above info is mostly useless.

I hiked both, Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

Saturday's hike was 11 miles round trip and we climbed 2257 feet over 5.5 miles.

Today's hike was "only" 9 miles round trip with a gain of 3220 feet over 4.5 miles.

Which one do you think was the tougher hike?
Surely the shorter one.

But not just elevation is the decider whether you're doing an easy mile or a hard mile. Terrain is another variable. Nice forest path vs. loose rock for example. And what about temperature? Extreme heat drains your energy quickly.

Turns out, of course, that Saturday's longer hike also had the smoother trails and lower temps, which made today's hike, with temps in the 90s, very tough, though beautiful.

Saturday's hike: Islip Saddle (6593') to Mt. Islip (8250') to Mt. Hawkins (8850')
The trail follows the Pacific Crest Trail.




Today's hike was local in our San Gabriel Mountains. Chantry Flat (1760') over Winter Creek Trail to Manzanita Ridge (4980')




In conclusion: One Mile ≠ One Mile
Just like one pound ≠ one pound. But you already knew that.
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REMEMBER2BME 10/10/2012 7:29AM

    beautiful pictures!

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RHONDALYN10 10/9/2012 9:38PM

    Great job! Loved the pics!

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RICKISMOM1 10/9/2012 6:47PM

    Definately! When estimating hiking time, I estimate an hour each 2 miles PLUS an additional hour for every 1000' elevation.

Once I looked at the map and saw two paths to the same lake: one from the trailhead ABOVE, and one from below. I chose the trailhead from above. In the end, I stopped after just a few minutes as the trail was so rocky with loose stones, I was afraid I would twist my ankle. (The next day I did the climb on the trail from below, which was a VERY well maintained trail.....)

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VABCHLOSER 10/4/2012 8:17AM

    I agree! I hike too, but in the Appalachian Mountains. My daughter and I did a portion of the Appalachian Trail just this summer.

My dream is to hike the John Muir Trail. Are you near there? Have you hiked it? I would love to hear about it. It seems impossible to plan a hike that long from the opposite coast!!

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IUHRYTR 10/2/2012 8:37PM

    What beautiful scenery. Makes me miss the mountains. -- Lou

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RECREATING_ME 10/2/2012 10:56AM

    That is a great point to keep in mind and can be applied to many things. When looking at an accomplishment (or lack thereof), there are many circumstances to consider when doing the full evaluation.

You must never get bored with the beautiful scenery!

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CARTOONB 10/1/2012 11:19PM

    Gorgeous, no matter how you measure it!

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NORWOODGIRL 10/1/2012 9:24PM

    What beautiful places to hike! You are a lucky woman emoticon

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FLORNH 10/1/2012 5:07PM

    Beautiful pics!
And you are correct, the terrain and elevation make a BIG difference in the amount of energy used and how demanding a hike is, so mileage is only a piece of the puzzle! One's energy level, mood, the weather/trail conditions, and equipment issues all stir the pot, too -- even 'small' changes can have big impacts. But all these things make hiking a dynamic exercise and ultimately rewarding!!! emoticon

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FRAN0426 10/1/2012 12:33PM

    Beautiful pictures from both hikes. You certainly are getting some great workouts with the hiking you have beeb doing.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/1/2012 12:09PM

    Beautiful photos. And good point!

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BOVEY63 10/1/2012 12:06PM

    The scenery you hiked through is absolutely breathtaking! Great job on the hikes!

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KITT52 10/1/2012 8:29AM

    beautiful pictures thanks for sharing

great job on the hike too

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/1/2012 8:05AM

    WOW, thanks for the information, the PICS are emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 10/1/2012 7:31AM

    I just love the scenic pics. Your so blessed to have those to walk. I live in Alabama...we have pinetrees and clay. lol.

Your right a pound is a pound and a mile is a mile so lets do this.

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KNITTABLES 10/1/2012 12:45AM

    Great pictures. good blog

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REYNINGSUNSHINE 9/30/2012 11:54PM

    I know what you mean about the hiking steepness. There's a rule for biking that I can't remember anymore (I used to bike a LOT) where it was like each % grade reduces your speed by 1 mph, so if you're counting calories burned and you biked a 3 mile stretch up a hill with a 2% grade at 12 mph (so, 15 minutes), you would factor that in as biking at 14 mph for 15 minutes- not sure that's the exact rule but it was something along those lines I assume the same type of thing goes for walking! The steeper the climb, the harder it is!

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