Bday adventure in the mountains, one of my most memorable!
40+ mile/10,500ft around Mt Hood. Many things to consider, especially solo! Never having done that distance, not really trained for it, how well is it marked? Are the rivers passable? (Sometimes they are so high and violent, they are not)
Despite forecast of nice sunny days every other day, mine called for wind, rain, and cold temperatures. Arriving and stepping out of my car that morning, I was met by 41 degrees, gusts of wind, and rain. But have persevered through similar, so told myself to suck it up and just start.
So beautiful, pics do no justice. Nature is awe-inspiring - the colors, sounds, views, seeing and feeling the energy...life all around you!
On my journey, storms came and went, the sun even came out shortly, there was decent protection from the trees at times. Ramona falls, chatting with hikers, taking in the mountainous views through clouds, looking for the herd of elk I accidentally scared off for a pic. (Ran into a herd of Elk right in front of me!) 2nd half was way harder. I got a bit off course so ended up with 42+ miles (with an extra climb of 500+ feet). Barren and exposed, the storm grew and temperatures dropped fast. Definitely levels of suffering! Elements, fatigue, pains coming and going. I had a moment of f-this, but am not a quitter. A bonus of doing a self supported run, is you can't just quit when it gets hard! You are exposed. You are committed.
I had to push hard at the end to make it out by dark, my legs, body were dead! I was constantly wet from the water crossings and rain, wind and lower temps... getting colder and colder... but the uphills helped create heat energy. After stopping is when the cold really hits. It took an hour to stop shivering! A hot drink and soup at Timberline Lodge was wonderful. Comforts are much greater after getting out of your comfort zone.
I am a believer in pushing yourself and challenging yourself. For both physical and personal growth. The pain, the discomfort is fast forgotten while the clarity, stength, and feeling of accomplishment remains.
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