Since there are so many of us of various levels of ability and mobility, I have decided to have 4 groups of walkers. Please SELECT the GROUP that best suits your ability, but in making a selection, remember this should challenge your own ability.
GROUP 1 limit to under 800 steps daily for the whole 8 weeks. Suitable for those who are just starting.
GROUP 2 limit to upwards of 4000 steps. Suitable for those who are more capable and have been either walking or chair marching for a time.
GROUP 3 limit to upwards of 7500 steps. Suitable for those walk long distances in comfort.
GROUP 4 Suitable for Wheelchair/non-walking members ONLY
Every day this week morning
1 Rock your feet back and forth heal, toe, heal, toe etc one foot at a time or both feet together for 1 min ( or 2 x 30 sec)
2 Box with your arms , punching out in front of you as hard as you can for as long as you can
OR (instead of boxing) if you have an arm cycle do as much as you can for as long as you can
Every day this week afternoon Repeat the morning exercises.
ALL GROUPS - Extra steps you do are to be logged as exploring or sight-seeing.
NOTE: Once you have selected your group and you start the Challenge, you come to THIS thread and POST at least ONCE in the week . If you come more often please GO TO YOUR OWN PERSONAL COMMENT and EDIT your comment with the new information. Remember to:
1) STATE THE GROUP YOU ARE IN every time you post
2) TELL US the NUMBER OF STEPS YOU HAVE COMPLETED every time you post
3) TELL US HOW YOU ARE GETTING ON: what you saw on the way, whether you are getting to the camp sites, what you saw on the way, what you had for food, and whether you are enjoying the trek!! We are lucky that we have an advance party setting camp up for us and carrying the provisions!!
NOTE:.You will only be eligible to claim a Goodie if you post at least once in the week and complete all your weekly steps!!
If you would prefer to write a blog on your Week 1 Trek adventures please do so BUT please let me know when you have done this so that I can read it
WEEK 1: A trail starting and finishing at Bear Lake. If you are interested, you can download the map from the photo section on the Main Team Page (look on the right of the page under the Huddle button is a Photos link in red click on that).
The Trail route is marked in BLUE. The camp sites are marked as ORANGE dots. The Interpretive trail is marked as the small PINK loop on the first day. I have structured it as a warm up trek to give you a chance to understand that the Challenge Steps required will increase!!
We will take the shuttle bus to Bear Lake. See URL on the shuttle bus route for your interest: www.mountaindrama.com/rocky/BearLakeRdHome
Bear Lake is a scenic alpine lake that features a road leading to its shores. Bear Lake Road makes the lake accessible and crowded. To avoid the hassle of finding a parking spot on a summer afternoon try taking the shuttle from Moraine Park Museum. The lake serves as the terminus for many trails within Rocky Mountain National Park. In case you are interested, there are pictures at: www.bearlakeco.com/bear-lake-photos.php
Then we will do a week long trail loop round several other lakes, ending up at Bear Lake again for the Shuttle Bus back.
The trail loop I have selected for Week 1 is 13.4miles. It requires 5 days walking and allows 1 day for rest and exploration.
Day 1 (Group 1 - 300 steps; Group 2 600 steps; Group 3 1000 steps)
We will all meet and then take the shuttle bus to Bear Lake and take the Bear Lake Interpretive Nature Loop: and then spend the rest of the day exploring. www.mountaindrama.com/Hikes/BearLake/BearL
This is a video of The Interpretive Loop for your interest. The Bear Lake Nature Loop is one the most popular trail in all of Rocky Mountain Park. Due to its ease and accessibility, Bear Lake is a great family destination with children and the elderly benefitting from its short length and wealth of ecological diversity.
The loop trail begins just beyond the Bear Lake Ranger Station and should be hiked counter-clockwise to coincide with an interpretive guide available at the trailhead for a dollar or so. The interpretive guide is the key to 30 marked spots along the trail which tell the story of the Bear Lake Area. The trail itself simply encircles Bear Lake, a beautiful body of water which rests in a rock basin in the middle of a healthy pine, fir and spruce forest. Take time to relax on one of several wood benches, and enjoy the view.
Day 2 (Group 1 - 500 steps Group 2 2500 steps Group 3 4000 steps)
We will walk (or Chair March) to Lake Helene and spend the night there
Here is a picture of Lake Helene for your interest www.flickr.com/photos/30041070@N00/4021473
Day 3 (Group 1 - 650 steps; Group 2 4000 steps; Group 3 7500 steps)
We will walk (or Chair March) to Fern Falls and spend the night there.
Here is a picture of Fern Falls for your interest www.pimpmyspace.org/comments/code/1487198/
Day 4 (ALL GROUPS rest day)
We will spend at Fern Falls and The Pond resting and maybe exploring and maybe waiting for other groups to catch up!!
Day 5 - (Group 1 - 580 steps ; Group 2 2900 steps; Group 3- 5000 steps)
We will walk to a camp site set up at Lake Bierstadt, diverting by Cub Lake for lunch
Here is a picture of Cub Lake for your interest!! www.nevadarambler.info/blog/?p=140
Day 6 - (Group 1 - 360 steps; Group 2 1800; steps; Group 3 3500 steps)
We will bring it home walking back to Bear Lake and the Shuttle Bus.
Remember to claim your goodie from me if you finish this weeks trek and have posted with all details or blogged during the week!!
Next week we will take a Fall River Trail
Edited by: EMMABE1 at: 9/3/2011 (20:42)