To complete the Rocky Mountains Challenge Week 2, you will need to walk (regular or treadmill), chair march, run, or use a combo of all each day
whatever works best way for you
No matter what method you choose, you NEED TO COUNT YOUR STEPS. Remember, you dont have to do the steps all at once, you can do them over the course of the day, but they MUST be done during that particular day. And you are allowed to catch up if you fall behind.
IMPORTANT: There is one rule to this challenge you may NOT go ahead in the trail no matter how many steps you take in the day, ONLY the stated, allowed number of steps are to count towards the challenge extra steps should be recorded as well, but as sightseeing steps!!!
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 Suitable for those who are more capable and have been either walking or chair marching for a time
GROUP 3 Suitable for those who walk long distances in comfort
GROUP 4 - Suitable for Wheelchair/non-walking members ONLY
Every day this week morning
1 Lift one leg getting the foot as far off the ground as possible first with knee bent then with the knee straight but relaxed (dont lock it) as if you are kicking something do each movement at least 10 times with each leg - repeat with other leg Try for at least 5 sets with each leg, with a rest between each set.
With left arm Hold a 1 lb weight in your hand use a can of food, a dumbbell or a bottle of water start with hand by your left shoulder and push your hand forward until the arm is straight with elbow relaxed (do not lock the elbow) Repeat 10 times then repeat with right arm. Try for at least 5 sets with each arm, with a rest between sets
Every day this week afternoon Repeat the morning exercises
ALL GROUPS - Extra steps you do are to be logged as exploring or sightseeing
You do not have to be in the same group this week as last week BUT . Do not change GROUPS during the week
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
2) TELL US the NUMBER OF STEPS YOU HAVE COMPLETED
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!!
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 2 Trek adventures please do so BUT please let me know when you have done this so that I can read it
I have been thrilled and so pleased by some of the wonderful descriptions, and blogs of the trek so far they are what make the time I spent getting it together worthwhile!! Thank you!!-
A trail starting in The Falls River area starting at Sheep Lakes. You can find the map in the photo section off our team page (look on the right-hand side of the team page and UNDER the Huddle button Photos is in red click on this and the Week 2 map is there).
The trail route is marked in blue and the camp sites are marked in orange.
As there has been so much interest in the native animals in the area these sites might interest you www.nps.gov/romo/naturescience/animals.htm
We will walk from Sheep Lakes to The Lumpy Ridge Trailhead. From there our transport will take us out ready for next weeks trail!! We need to cover 18.3miles in 5 days walking.
Day 1 (Group 1 - 250 steps; Group 2 600 steps; Group 3 2000 steps)
We will meet and take the shuttle bus to Sheep Lakes. We will then walk up to our camp at Lawn Lakes Trailhead and spend the rest of the day exploring.
For your interest: rockymountainnationalpark.com/places/sheep
Day 2 - (Group 1 - 500 steps; Group 2 1600 steps; Group 3 4500 steps)
We are starting early as we need to get to Lawn Lake for the night
Day 3 - (Group 1 550; steps; Group 2 - 3000 steps; Group 3 6500 steps)
We will be walking again early amid spectacular scenery. Today we will get to the Cow Creek Trailhead/ Lumpy Ridge Trailhead junction for the night
Day 4 (Group 1 Rest Day Group 2 4000 steps sightseeing Group 3 7500 steps sightseeing)
Some of us might like to explore a bit while other members might use today to catch up!!
Day 5 - (Group 1 - 500 steps; Group 2 3500 steps; Group 3 6000 steps)
We are walking again as far as Bridal Veil Falls and will have lunch there. factoidz.com/bridal-veil-falls-beautiful-s
Picture of the falls for your interest
We will then go on to Gem lake for the night. Take a lovely swim in the icy cool crystal clear lake!!
"The shallow waters of Gem Lake are cradled high among the rounded granite domes of Lumpy Ridge. Untouched by glaciation, this outcrop of 1.8 billion-year-old granite has been sculpted by wind and chemical erosion into a backbone-like ridge. Signs of these erosional forces--pillars, potholes, and balanced rocks--appear midway along the trail to Gem Lake. Other highpoints include spectacular views of the Estes Valley and Continental Divide, and a curious balanced rock called Paul Bunyan's Boot. Gem Lake's elevation is 8,800 feet
Picture for your interest www.ibdsucks.org/pics/2gem_lake.html
Day 6 - (Group 1 - 400 steps; Group 2 3000 steps; Group 3 5500 steps )
Today out trek takes us to Gem Lake Trailhead for the night we will camp here for the night and
Day 7 (Group 1 Rest Group 2 3000 steps Group 3 5000 steps)
NOTE: I was asked for 7 days of steps, now I am getting complaints!! - but it is your choice whether you do them today - they will not count towards your goodie -provided you have completed the other days, including posting.!!
Today is spent packing up camp, doing personal washing, maybe some quiet fishing, and taking a few last photos before we get taken out by out transport to our base camp site ready to start tomorrows new trek!!
Remember to claim your goodie from me if you finish this weeks trek and have posted with all details or blogged during the week!!
Our trek next week is along the Old Fall River Road
Edited by: EMMABE1 at: 9/10/2011 (19:08)