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We Leave Tomorrow

August 28, 2013

We leave tomorrow

A picture I took a few months ago during a run/walk training session at the park.

The annual family backpack trip is something I train for all year. Its in the back of my mind every time I go for a walk at the park or head to the gym. The difficulty level my dad plans it at is partly due to how hard I have been training. This year, I’m part-honored & part-panicking that it will be our most demanding trip yet as a family.

Yesterday, I did a short hike on Siskiyou Peak @ roughly 7,000 feet elevation. The backpacking location (to be revealed at a later time) will be at a similarly high elevation this year. I was both prepping myself and testing myself. I got pretty winded but managed.

I get winded easily at high altitude. Also, my appetite is strange. I feel ravenously hungry when we prepare food but satiated after a few bites. The end result is that after 2-3 weeks in the wilderness, I tend to get thin & my lungs feel amazing back at base.

I need the mountain time right now because spending so much time in drama productions & parties where I’m trying pretend to be an extrovert means a lot of nervous eating. My next goal should be curbing that.

There’s always the nervousness and the self-doubt.  Have I trained enough?  Will I hike well or hold the group up?  My blog will be on hiatus while I am gone.  But, when I get back, I will share some stories & possibly pictures from the trip.

How are you impacted by high elevation? How do you prepare?

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