Sixty60 Journey

Unintended Consequences of Hiking: The List Grows

UC #21 — I created a logo for the Sixty60 Journey. The chronicling of this adventurous journey may turn into a book, who knows, and at the very least it will become a presentation in an effort to share with others to inspire the creation of their own journey. Whatever that may be!

UC #22 — Started the next round of 60 hikes and calling it the Sixty60 Sequel. Logo on it’s way!

UC #23 — Boulders make me happy and I am drawn to climb on, up and over them! While my lower body has been getting a great workout with all of the hiking, I started to work with a personal trainer for my core and upper body strength. Ladies I am here to tell your muscles are merely laying dormant under there — whatever your there is! My trademark pose now,at the top of a peak or boulder, has become that of Rosie the Riveter.

UC #24 — Hiked Mt. Baldy (elev. 10,068′, 10.2 miles, elev. gain 3,900) formally known as Mt. San Antonio, as a training hike for Mt. Whitney and the first one of the peaks to bag (as they say) for the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge and Adventure 16s 3-Peak Challenge. The next day I was going to hike San Jacinto, however, I rolled my ankle on a hidden rock coming down Baldy Bowl and with 4-miles to go, I had no choice but to hike out on that injured foot. That being said, kind of put a kibosh on that. I spent the next 1-1/2 weeks resting, icing, compressing and elevating (RICE) that ankle so I could do UC #25! You can’t keep a determined woman down…

UC# 25 — What was supposed to be a 5-day backpacking trip along the John Muir Trail, resupplying two girlfriends hiking the 220-miles of southbound trails to Mt. Whitney, and summiting with them, took a couple of turns. One was the case of my sprained ankle and two was the fact that they were tearing up the trail and would now be two days ahead of schedule. My original plans crumbling, I decided to go anyway into the John Muir Wilderness, backpacking for 4-days, something I hadn’t done in 25 years and never in the Eastern Sierras. Summiting Mt. Whitney — well, it just wasn’t my time. With 30 carefully chosen pounds on my back, I crossed over the nothing-to-sneeze-at Kearsarge Pass (elev. 11,760′,) the highest point to date I’ve hiked, with an elevation gain of 3,375′ in 4.5 miles. The scenery was heart expanding and am grateful for the opportunity to follow in John Muir’s footsteps. This was one of my most rewarding adventures and unintended consequences, thus far. As for Mt. Whitney, it will still be there when the time is right for me.

UC #26 — Not sure when it happened exactly, what I do know is that it did happen at some point on a trail or the collective time from a few trails — moved through the last phase of grief. Acceptance. I felt it right before my son-by-choice’s birthday, 4 years after his passing. Celebration for his life moved in and that particular strain of sadness moved out.

UC #27 — Heart opened. During the time spent in grief [UC #26] I didn’t fully realize how thick the veil was that was clouding my heart. The vision for my life had also become fuzzy and directionless. Then the hiking began and with each trek the path literally was becoming clearer. Now what to do with an open heart? TBD

UC #28 — Showing up at hiking meetups with people I have never met. This community is expansive, warm, supportive and inviting. You don’t have to hike alone, there is someone hiking out there everyday!

UC #29 — Hiked Cucamonga Peak (elev. 8,859′, 11.6 miles, elev. gain 4,300′) with a group of hikers out of Los Angeles. This peak is one of the hikes for the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. Number two of the six peaks for me.

UC #30 — In 150 days I have logged 65 hikes and 400 miles. Shopping soon for my next pair of trail shoes!


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