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Hiking…

Physical activity is important especially later in life. People become more sedentary, when they should focus on engaging in daily exercise. One of the best physical activities you can do is to hike. I love hiking. I don’t even think of it as exercise, but just enjoying myself.

There is nothing better than being out in nature, hiking trails familiar or not so familiar, breathing the air and absorbing the beauty around you. Most of my hikes range from 2-5 hours long depending on the trail.

Last summer I joined my friend on her hiking goal to hike 4 peaks, all above 8,000+ ft elevation, totally about 15 miles. Over the summer we had hiked the peaks separately, in preparation for our big hike. At the end of summer, we had the perfect day for hiking. It took us the day to complete all of them. We had a blast accomplishing the goal.

Summer Hiking Goal -- Nailed it!
Summer Hiking Goal — Nailed it!

Another fun hiking goal for me is hiking 14er’s (14,000+ ft elevation mountains). Those are a little more challenging. The biggest consideration is the weather. You need to plan according to the weather forecast. You don’t want to get caught above tree line if a thunderstorm is rolling in. There are many deaths from lightning strikes, so if you are hiking a 14er you need to leave early in the morning before sunrise to start your hike.

Last year I was fortunate to summit 4 peaks:

  • Bross (14,172′)
  • Lincoln (14,286)
  • Cameron (14,238′)
  • Longs Peak (14,255′)

Each hike has it’s own difficulty associated with it, and of course the length of the route varies. The difficulty levels are Class 1, 2, 3 & 4. The class 3 & 4’s are more technical, with more exposure. Don’t get me wrong, some of the class 1 & 2 routes have some exposure and is intimidating if you are afraid of heights. Face your fears!

Descending from the summit of Long's Peak
Descending from the summit of Long’s Peak

It feels good to cross one-off the list and figure out which one you will tackle next.

What’s your favorite cardio exercise?

Love and hugs,

Susan

Application

  • Decide to add cardio exercise into your day. Spring is coming, time for new routines. Make exercise part of yours. Build a strong body!

 

7 thoughts on “Hiking…

    1. Kay, you really should give it a try. Not only to you get to absorb the beauty of the hike, you can clear your mind and let nature take you away from the day to day stuff. Be sure to take water to stay hydrated. Enjoy! You need to post pictures from your hike and share your experience with all of us! Try something new! Love and hugs!

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    1. I can tell you it certainly was scary as well as challenging, one wrong move and I could have been history. Some hikers have died on that climb. The best part of reaching the summit and claiming that mountain, is that I am able to see that specific mountain from where I live. There are no other 14ers near by. Every day when I look at it I see it’s beauty in a different way and feel happy about my accomplishment. If I start to ever doubt myself I look to the mountain and remind myself, I can do anything if I put my mind to it. Happy hiking!

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