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Peak Bagging: The Hike that showed me my (current) Limits

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Today we went peak bagging, and as you can tell by the title, this hike did kick my butt.

Total peaks 2.
Total miles roundtrip 14 (not so bad just looking at the number).
Terrain mostly rocks and boulders.
First 7 miles up! 4500 ft. up!
Elevation at the top 8800 ft.

At about 8000 ft. I hit a wall, maybe the beginning of altitude sickness, maybe just exhaustion. I did bag it up both peaks, but I have to say that I had to draw on all my willpower and maybe even some of my future willpower...
It was intense!

I have glimpsed my current limit.
After I get over my current mind set, which is, that I will never hike again, I'll work out a plan to conquer this obstacle and push past it.

Yes, I am that stubborn!

Here are today's fitbit stats:
40767 steps taken today
562 floors climbed today
3182 calories burned

Didn't take a whole lot of pictures today as I had other things to worry about :)

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    Sounds like you did an awesome job on those peaks - I was thinking recently about how I'd like to get back into peak-bagging but 14 miles and 4500' elevation gain going cross-country or on rugged trails is a lot more than I could handle at the moment. I have to ask - were your peaks Cucamonga & Etiwanda? I haven't done those yet but have done others in the area.

    I tip my hat to you for being in such good shape you can do it!! I was at one time but right now my outside limits are a lot 'wimpier' than yours and I tend to hit the same 'wall' around 8,000 ft elevation until I have some time to acclimate. GOOD JOB!!
    1992 days ago
    You are determined and you accomplished what you started - that is emoticon

    Thank you for the pictures - they are so pretty - the scenery is nice to look at especially after your hike.

    2001 days ago
    I like the quote is that says, "When you see a person on a mountain top, just remember they did not fall there!".

    Congratulations on pushing your limits. It is on the edge that we feel the most alive!

    2001 days ago
    Sounds like a great (relative term?) time!
    2001 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    All I can say is...WOW!!!!
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    2001 days ago
    Words that come to mind to describe you when I read your blog:

    nsforms challenges into goals
    awesome! emoticon

    2001 days ago
    What mountain range is that. It looks familiar. That is awesome. My 8 year old and I just did a hike in the San Gorgonio wilderness that was 13 miles round trip, about 4k elevation gain, and 9200 ft total. Hiking is my favorite thing.
    2001 days ago
    That's a lot of steps! Good for you, you did it!
    2002 days ago
    2002 days ago
    Wow, amazing pictures!
    2002 days ago
    Wow, this is AMAZING! Seeing what you do on the weekend has me panicky because we've signed up to hike the AT in May and the INCA trail next September. I don't see how I can possibly be ready, hiking in Arkansas where the highest peak is less than 3,000 feet.

    Congratulations on conquering that mountain, and if you have any suggestions for me, I'm certainly open to hearing them.
    2002 days ago
    It didn't kick your finished. now I know you have it in you to continue. You love to hike and you will I love your pics.
    2002 days ago
    Great job! Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures! Keep up the great work!!!

    2002 days ago
    Wow, great pictures and a great hike. awesome steps. emoticon
    2002 days ago
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