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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Several people have messaged me about climbing Bodenburg Butte this summer as a group or as partners.

I have climbed the butte several times, but thats not enough!

I have several of the hiking Chugach/Alaska/Valley trails books, say maybe three or so?

I am very interested in hiking as many as I can this summer, and in pushing myself up the hills... I am reading A Walk In The Woods about an unfit couple of guys who hiked the Appalachian Trail a few years ago. We have one of the most beautiful states out there, and I haven't even begun to explore it.

I have a hiking sleeping bag, tent, water purifier, hiking stove and cookware, and backpack. I want to get trekking poles, but otherwise, I am set to hike and camp.

If anyone wants to start a group that gets together to discuss over coffee, plan, or whatever monthly once trails are trekkable or slightly before, message me on here.

As a nurse I have a variable schedule that allows for me to be off two weekends a month, usually every other... and sometimes four days in a row or so. Though I only know my schedule four weeks in advance or sometimes five. I am trying to get myself used to the hour on the elliptical, will be upping my resistance, but after doing some research online, I am going to start looking at the treadclimber more, as well as the stair master. An hour on the stairmaster is equal to one and a half hours hiking hilly terrain. I could only do FIVE minutes on the pedal type stairmaster a few weeks ago, it was hard. My husband says the tall revolving stairs one is better.

This week I start that trek... If you want to camp/fish/hike out here this summer, let me know! Up for canoeing too if anyone wants to do a group nancy lake trails... you have to do several portages with your canoes and gear, thats a workout! I have taken two weeks off in end of June to do this. Let's hope the weather is nice!

Basically, I want to use the gym to get me ready to be hike savvy come summer... any suggestions on gym training? Suggestions on trails? Maybe I'll start a group?
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WILDHORSEANNIE 3/29/2009 2:22PM

    Boy, Its really hard for me to commit to get together planned hikes. I would certainly try, but there are so few weekends a summer and I am distance training my horse for a competition in July in fairbanks where we have to ride 60 miles of sometimes rough trails over a two day period. If you post a date and time to meet somewhere, and you are going to be there no matter if anyone else shows up I would really try just so we could have some camaderie! Would you just be posting a blog that lets us know when and where to meet? Lazy mountain is another good one, but I've never been to the top of that myself....probably be a REAL slow climb for me....but we could do it. I am planning a trip up "my" mountain in mid may before the grass grows unbearably tall..would you like me to let you know when we are doing that? I would probably send a sparkmail message with driving directions and my real phone number, etc.
I think what you are doing in the gym is perfect for mountain climbing and hiking preparation! I also notice that lately you have not seemed to be obsessing about your body weight but are thinking of things you love to do and getting ready for that!!!!! Very cool!!!

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ANNIE654 3/24/2009 8:42PM

    Hey,
Missed you today, hope you are doing good! I will email you about an active hiking group that 2 of us from TOPS are active in. We are hiking off of palmer fishook this weekend. Hope to see you next Tuesday.
Marguerite

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