NOTE: It seems to depend on how you count your steps some of you count ALL steps in the day while others only count steps done as exercise rather than general living steps So if you count ALL steps then do Day 7 steps but if you only count exercise steps- you may rest on Day 7 Either way Day 7 does not count towards goodies!!
However in Groups 2 and 3 ONLY Just to cause even more confusion what you could do if you need to have a REST day on one day mid week take it but then you MUST use Day 7 steps as catch up !! As long as 6 days are recorded and you have posted a description of the trail you can claim a goodie
Group 1 you have rest days anyway!!
To complete the Rocky Mountains Challenge Week 8, 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 Sitting upright in your chair March with your legs lifting your feet as high as possible 10 times with each leg. Try to repeat this set of 10 lifts- 5 times with each leg
2 Using a 1lb weight in one hand at a time (a can of food, bottle of water or dumbbell) start with your hand by your shoulder, then straighten your arm at right angles to your body until it is straight out, but the elbow is still relaxed (Do not lock the elbow) Then bend the arm into the shoulder again, Repeat 10 times with each arm Then repeat this set of 10 movements 5 times with a rest between if necessary.
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 3 Trek adventures please do so BUT please let me know when you have done this so that I can read it
Week 8 - Glacier George Trail head Ribbon Falls, backtrack the to Timberline Falls, then to Dream, Nymph and Emerald Lakes 22 miles
A map showing the route for your interest can be found at in Team Photos (look on the right of the Team page, under the Huddle button is a red link Photos click on this wk 8 maps are there!!)
The route is marked in blue and the camp sites in orange.
As well as the trail map for this last trail you will find a map of the Rocky Mountains National Park showing all the trails we have walked in pink and the Trail Ridge Drive on the last day in green
This is by far our longest trail however with the magic of virtual tours the number of steps will be similar to the other treks!!
Day 1 (Group 1 - 650 steps Group 2 5500 steps Group 3 8500 steps)
We will start early from the Glacier Gorge Trail head passing Alberta Falls and trekking down Glacier Gorge to Ribbon Falls, which is only just before Black Lake where we will camp for the night
Day 2 (Group 1 500 steps Group 2 5000 steps Group 3 8000 steps)
Today we walk back along Glacier Gorge, stopping again at Mills Lake which is icy cold as it is fed from glacier water. Tonight the camp site is set up at a fork in the tracks but is a welcome sight
Day 3 (Group 1- 700 steps Group 2 6500 steps Group 3 10,000 steps)
We start early this morning to trek to Andrews Glacier which is our lunch stop but very cold. Some of the party will want to walk (or slip and slide ) on the glacier before we leave, trekking past Timberline Falls and to our camp site at Lake of Glass 7 miles www.cs.utexas.edu/~novak/rmnp/e033.html
photo for your interest
Day 4 (Group 1 Rest Group 2 5500 steps Group 3 9000 steps)
We will have a day for site-seeing and photos and to allow some of the slower group to catch us. The night will still be at Lake of Glass
for your interest
Day 5 (Group 1 500 steps Group 2 -5000 steps Group 3 8000 steps)
Today we will trek 5 miles to Lake Haiyah where we will stay the night
Day 6 (Group 1 375 steps Group 2 3500 steps Group 3 6500 steps)
Today an easier trek to finish this week trekking the 3 miles to Emerald Lake, Dream Lake and Nymph Lake then back to Bear Lake by lunch time where we will pick up the Shuttle Bus again www.sreistphotography.com/photos/9382.html
Photo of Emerald Lake for your interest
The Shuttle Bus will take us to Estes Park where we will stay the night
We are finishing a day early to allow recovery from our final night before we all go our separate ways.
We will pickup our own transport for a drive along Trail Ridge Road to Grand Lake Town, stopping for photo stops and lunch at interesting features www.mountaindrama.com/rocky/DriveTrailRidg
Slideshow of The Trail Ridge Road Drive for your interest
We will finish at Grand Lake for a night of celebration and sadness at Spirit Lake Lodge, a bit of luxury that we have all earned www.spiritlakelodge.com/
photo for your interest
And a celebration that we have finished the trails and the challenge and not lost anyone to a bear but sadness because we must all say our Farewells to our group and go our own way
I hope you enjoyed our virtual treks of the Rocky Mountains and that you found it interesting and educational as well as helping you to develop a regular exercise habit.
Everyone who completes this week's challenge should contact me to claim a goodie!!
Anyone who has completed all 8 challenges should contact me to claim a special goodie. NB - I will check up on the previous weeks challenges before awarding a completion goodie!!