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For the LOVE of the trail!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

I had the wonderfully awesome experience of snow shoeing with a friend to one of our favorite places on earth! What a Valentine's Day! This was the hardest thing that either of us have ever physically done. It was a 9 mile/8 hour snow shoe trip that normally takes us 3.5-4 hours to hike on dry ground. The snow was anywhere from 18" deep to 3 foot drifts! Many times we were begging for mercy!
Yes, we brought this on ourselves but it was worth it. We were just praying that we could get off the mountain without being rescued. It was extremely hard work and we began fantasizing about spending the night under a rock. It took us much longer then expected and it was dark when we finished.
We were prepared, we know this territory with our eyes closed. We had plenty of food and water and we were plenty warm. We had definite moments of "Sitting home on the couch shoving food in the pie hole would be better then this!" or "God, please don't let me show up on 69 news being rescued from the Pinnacle" or "I just can't take another step" or "Mark , I am never going to speak to you again!" or "You must keep moving or sleep in the snow tonight". It was brutal but it was so worth it.
Another challenge in the books. This really was the hardest thing I have ever done. Half-marathon, piece of cake compared to this. The mental and physical determination to get to the top and then back to the car was exceptional. Who would've known?
I am registering for a 18.12 mile challenge and I was worried about doing it. After yesterday, I say "phaaahhh, I can handle that".

After all is said and done, it doesn't seem so bad. But yesterday in the deep snow it was the toughest! Oh, how far I have come.
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  • JOE14250
    Yikes! Glutton for pain? My neice is a snow shoer but more for the look of it. 9 hours?

    My wife and I when we were 27 walked from eckville to Hawk Mt. sanctuary in snow and ice. Totally underestimating the length and danger. We showed up at the HMS in the dark and only knew we had arrived when we saw a man made object by chance!

    Winter play can be deadly on the mountain!

    Glad you two made it back!
    1263 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/7/2014 10:42:30 PM
  • MJ7DM33
    emoticon emoticon Love the pics!
    1281 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/17/2014 4:00:39 PM
    emoticon emoticon And always love beautiful pictures too
    1281 days ago
    emoticon Hike!

    When you push the limits to your own boundries, you define new boundaries. The best part of accomplishing such a feat is that you draw strength and motivation from it for years to come.

    emoticon eight hours of fresh air, great scenery, and fitness without a care.

    emoticon pictures.

    You are embracing nature at its best! I am cursing it;)

    1281 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Wow, that is really amazing, glad you made it, great job!! emoticon emoticon
    1282 days ago
    Yep, breaking trail in deep snow with snowshoes is quite a workout! But well worth the effort, looks pretty out there!
    1283 days ago
    Congratulations! Another thing off the bucket list!
    1283 days ago
    Your pictures are breathtaking! Great accomplishment to push through and get it done. (I guess you didn't have a choice!) emoticon
    1283 days ago
    Good thing you didn't have any problems, and were ok!

    1283 days ago
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