Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Hiked my first 10,000+ peak this past weekend.
I'm living at sea level, and having experienced altitude sickness on a previous hike, I was a bit worried going into this one. I did go in much better prepared though, which made all the difference.
At an elevation gain of about 900' per mile, this one was moderately steep. It surprised me to find out that my heart rate does come down a lot slower at higher elevations. This, of course, makes sense.
I'm proud of my first 10,000+ adventure. It was exhilarating. I'll be playing above 8,000' a lot this spring and summer.
Here is my summit picture.
The views were magnificent.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Out on the trail the world makes sense.
Above the fog, leaving the world below:
I've done some spectacular hikes throughout March.
Here are some pics of the ones that bring back happy memories...
The most challenging was my 21-mile hike 3 weeks ago.
Stats for that: 5500 vertical feet
Fitbit stats for the day: 47263 steps / 615 floors
14 miles in at the summit looking down:
Then there was a snow hike:
Then, of course, the hike with my kids:
And yesterday an upside down hike, where we started on top of the mountain, did the downhill first, did some creek hopping, looped around and finished by doing a quite steep uphill.
They call this portion of the uphill the Rim Trail, and it gets a bit tricky at times.
Another Rim Trail shot:
Overall March was a tough sad month and I have to say that hiking played a big part of getting me through.
April is my birthday month and I'm determined to make it a good one!!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Thank you, SparkFriends, everybody who commented, sent goodies, and e-mails. Your support means the world to me.
It's been a tough week. On Monday morning I actually received an e-mail with some hiking photos. Seriously, dude?!?
Little by little I seem to be regaining some of my rational thinking, and I'm currently on my way from sad to mad. That's a good shift. Today I'm contemplating whether I should throw darts at his picture ,,|,,
The below quote speaks to me quite strongly.
“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won't happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.”
― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
It is, indeed, up to me. I can hang on or I can let go, but unless I let go I won't be able to move on. And move on I will.
Alright - end of chapter.
This morning I hiked with my kids and my dog. I had invited both of them and surprisingly they both came. I chose a small hike, just 3 miles, didn't want to scare them off :) The hike ended at a pretty little stream. What a marvelous time we had! It's moments like that, that feed my soul.
Here's a photo of my guys.
Tomorrow's hike will be a monster of 21 miles. I'll be able to work out a bit more of my anger on that one. :)
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