Wilderness is my Gym - Barefoot Jake

Wilderness is my Gym

  I had the best year of my life to date.  After a 3 week rest and recovery.  It is now time for me to start training for the 2013 season.  Plan on being in the best shape and go on the biggest journey of my life next year.

  Like most backpackers know; there is no training substitute for actual trail time.  No in indoor cardio equipment can stimulate the same muscles used than actually walking outdoors.

  I have multiple cardio trips planned weekly;  if it would be walking, running or cycling.  Starting out will be more shorter mileage trips; bumping up the distance as we get closer to spring.

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Friends and I heading up trail into the snow

  Long time friends invited me to join them on a trail adventure for the day.  To be honest with you; almost didn't go.  Been trying to rest my body and after lots of miles this year.  It's tough to get into the swing of things again.

  Glad they could peer pressure  me to getting off my butt.  Main motivation was to hike with them; after not for so long.  Secondly was to see snow flakes falling in the forest.

  Such a crazy feeling to hike through the seasons.  From snow falling earlier this year in the Elwha, then spring melt off, early summer wildflowers, late autumn colors and then now snow falling again.

  The cold air entering my lungs was also a surprise.  Seeing your breathe and the smell of winter.  All was quit refreshing.

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Lake Angeles under a fresh dusting of snow as little flakes fall

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Taking pictures and having snacks.  Friend in her VFF's

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Luna Sandals Leadville Pacer w/ MGT and ATS Laces | They performed superbly on the fresh snow and 'cat like' grip on the wet trail run on the way down.  
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It is important to check the weather before heading into the mountains. Hiking and trail running can be dangerous during the winter months, if the hiker brings minimal layers. Always know your limits and be prepared.

Updated in June 2015