Ok, so I had the best of intentions for hiking this past weekend. Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out and I missed another opportunity for some pack time. I’m not going to let it get me down though. I will put boots on a trail this weekend, for sure. Given my schedule I have precious few opportunities remaining to be on the trail and I’m starting to feel the pressure.
The gym training has been solid. I’ve been getting about 4 sessions of intense cardio every week. Sessions usually last around an hour and the intensity is pretty high (even anaerobic at times). That combined with 4 sessions of weight training means I’m spending a lot of time in the gym.
I picked up a copy of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, by Steven M. Cox and Kris Fulsaas over the weekend. It seems like a very good source of information and I’ve managed to skim over a good deal of it. Although, honestly, some of the technical aspects covered are beyond me at this point. Like Allison mentioned, I too have been pouring over the RMI and Whittaker Mountaineering videos and clips on You Tube. I especially liked the tour of Camp Muir, by Peter Whittaker and the July 16th summit video with Ed Viesturs and Peter Whittaker. Both videos were a great introduction to Mt. Rainier and get me excited all over again about the climb.
I still have to sort out the food situation. At the moment I’m leaning toward just going with a pre-planned meal package. It definitely seems like the most efficient way to go (for me at least). I’m sure I’ll supplement with some of my own goodies, but trying to buy, organize and fly with everything I’m going to eat doesn’t seem practical. Of course, my wife would be the first to tell you that I’m anything but practical.