Climbing back into shape

So I am lazy, lazy enough lately to let my weight get to the biggest I have ever been.

I plan on fixing that. And Kat is helping me.

A group of her co-workers has organized a group of people to take a hike every Saturday starting last week and going until… will until it gets hot again (only supposed to be 104 today!). Currently the climb is Camelback Mountain up in Phoenix, and while it is only 1.25 miles long, it goes up just over 1200 Ft in elevation. We have been doing the Echo Canyon Trail, it is the most popular. It is also the biggest stairmaster I have ever been on. I would like to tell you all about the beauty of the trail, the wildlife like hummingbirds and lizards but honestly I am concentrating on making it up the hill.

We did go last week and I was sore up until, well I was still a bit sore this morning, but we did it again. Right now it is taking us over an hour to get up, we have our fastest member doing it around 40 or so. In two places the city has put in handrails, not to keep you on the trail but because the rock face is so steep you need to use them to haul yourself up. When we get in better shape, pictures might come but for now we are carrying water and energy boosters and that is about it (oh and my inhaler).

So here is to strenuous climbs and smaller bellies.

If you want to take a look at what the climb sort of looks like, I found this video of a person doing it in 25 minutes, the run it a 2x but you can see the railings at around 3:25 and 4:15, it looks like they take a slightly different path, you you can see the boulder fields (2)you have to climb up to get to the top- Google Video

One thought on “Climbing back into shape

  1. I am glad you have great hiking boots. Looks like you might need a new pair each month by the looks of this trail!

Comments are closed.