Reflections…

In deep thoughtSo I’ve been hiking for almost 2 years now, and I never would have thought that I would have done some of the things that I’ve done. Iron Mtn? Never even heard of it until about 1 year ago. If I could, I would strip that mountain flat and use it to race go-karts. Rabbit Peak. That’s one peak I’ll never see again on foot. Side note, saw that peak and Villager on my flight to Florida. It was a proud moment knowing I conquered those two with a slight sliver of sanity remaining.

Well, as I look back on the trip reports, our Bag a Peak section, and pictures from the great outdoors, I’ve realized that: (1) I’ve put a lot of miles on my legs, (2) I think I’ve drunken my weight in Gatorade, (3) I’ve really had a lot of on the weekends since I started, (4) I’ve met and gotten to know a lot of cool people, (5) I love snow (so long as it remains in the mountains where it belongs), and (6) I hate the heat.

What brought all of this about? Well, I realized that I’m coming up on the 1 year anniversary of conquering Iron Mtn. I’m considering doing it again to commemorate this achievement. It would be fun to train for it again. But at the same time not.

Plus, in my changed opinion, Iron doesn’t hold the title for being the most hellish hike ever conceived. No, that award goes to Bighorn Ridge to Baldy. That was one hell of a nightmare hike. And I’m thinking that if anything hike deserves an anniversary, it would have to be this one. But, much like my first time up Iron, I should never say, “never again.” Because in my mind, I’m thinking about changing that to “never again.”

The Hiking “funk”

Yup, as of the start of the summer, my hiking insanity and hikes in general have tapered off a good bit. It would probably have to be due to the stretch of insane hikes during the month leading up to summer. I guess it’s a bad idea to try to squeeze in the tough ones before the heat hits. That’s a good lesson.

But yea, I think it started back at Throop Peak. The exact moment being right when we got down from Throop and were about to start the climb back up. That’s a terrible place to lose motivation. Because that’s just another 3000′ of gain in about 3 or 4 miles.

Slowly but slowly I feel the need to get outdoors again. To get back out there with my friends and to make new ones. Perhaps I’ll reset my training and train up for the next epic. After all, it feels like the rest of summer isn’t going to be that bad. But, there still is issue of September and October. Bleh.

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3 Responses to “Reflections…”

socalmike

socalmike August 11th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Only two years? Really? You’re posts make me think you’ve been doing this for a lot longer. Keep going, keep training, keep hiking.
As a 47-yr-old guy who wished he could hike more, and had hiked more in his 20s and 30s, get out there. You won’t regret it…..ever.
Regret sucks.
Hike.

Zé

August 11th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

yeah John, sorry about all those big hikes in like one month’s time. that was a killer.

don’t worry, there will still be more new, killer hikes. save Iron Mt for my next ‘fun’ way.

do you mean ‘Ross’ when you said ‘Throop’?

SocalHikes Hiker

SocalHikes Hiker August 12th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

@socalmike thanks for the words of encouragement.

@ze I totally wiped Ross from memory. That was torturous!

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