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The big hike

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Hi Sparkfriends! I'm back to civilization now. It's a big adjustment after 8 days in the woods mostly on my own.

My trip was fantastic. I hiked 70 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I carried a 30-lb backpack with all my gear and food, and climbed four major passes, two of which were still covered with snow.

Highlights of the trip:
1. The first night on my own: I navigated to the right place, set up my tent, cooked a hot meal, and lit a fire. I've never done a solo backpacking trip before, so this was a big deal.
2. Navigating over my first snow-covered pass. It's easy to hike when you can see the trail. Harder when you have to use map/compass/GPS to figure out where you're supposed to go. I took a few wrong turns but made it over the pass eventually. (I'm sure this is some sort of metaphor for lifestyle change success)
3. Doing my first 11-mile day -- I had planned shorter days, but I was so fit and feeling so good that I kept arriving at my destination too soon and sitting around bored all afternoon. So I stretched a couple of days for more miles and finished the route a day early.
4. Meeting a friendly bear. It was a juvenile black bear, and probably not any danger to me, but I took my photos and kept my distance.
5. Spectacular views. I'll get my photos posted soon.
6. Seeing my husband after 8 nights away.
7. Seeing the numbers on the scale when I got back. I think I probably dipped into one-derland at the end of the trip, but then I had a few days of unhealthy eating with DH and weighed in at 201 when I got back home.
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  • SJ4TH90
    Sounds like a tranquil and 'centering' experience -- you're probably already planning your next adventure. Keep us posted.
    3262 days ago
    Okay you are officially my hiker hero now. You did this alone???? Miss Brave Hiker for sure. I would be so friggin scared of a bear or mountain lion eating me alive.... (I know I have a vivid imagination).

    Way to go, nothing like getting your "Adventure Spirit" in high gear.

    3263 days ago
    So amazing! I love it.... you will have these memories all your life. Clearly, you will accomplish whatever you set your mind to. (Would love to see a picture of the young bear you met!)
    3265 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5915838
    Oh, wow, what an inspiration.

    " I was so fit and feeling so good that I kept arriving at my destination too soon"

    I will think about your trip every time I think of being lazy and not meeting my goals for the day.
    3266 days ago
    You are a total rock star. I am so impressed with you. I honestly don't think I would survive in the wilderness on my own. That black bear would have probably eaten me.


    Seriously, I am so thrilled for you and happy for your accomplishments. I cannot wait to see the pics!

    3266 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9922473
    emoticon on accomplishing your first mostly solitary hike! Wow, and coming close to a big bear. You're a real trooper! 70 miles is emoticon !

    Can't wait to see the pics!

    3266 days ago
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    3266 days ago
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