Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Favorites: Climbing Mountains

Happy Friday!!  Hope everyone is having a good day! This will be the first weekend I have been home in about three weeks and I am excited to have a relaxing, non busy weekend!

Last weekend, Brian and I traveled to a place I have gone every summer since I was born.  It is the Adirondacks where there are mountains and lakes galore.  The mountains are high and the lakes are clear and it is so quiet and peaceful to be there.  Over the past few years Brian has decided that he wants to climb the 46 peaks in the Adirondacks.  The 46 peaks are 46 mountains that have elevation over 4000 feet.  Actually not all of them are that high, but most are and they are all a challenge.

This summer we climbed our 3rd peak and it was tough.  The mountain was 3 miles up, starting at 1500 ft (compared to my home which is about at 500-600ft) and climbed to over 4600 ft.  I wore my garmin so I would have the elevation profile!

We started out early because it was a 3 mile climb to the top.  We took it slow and careful because there were some steep places, and it took us about 3 hours to get to the top.  We had lunch and then turned around to come home.  It took us a little less than 3 hours to get down.  I really hate going down, it is so much harder and some parts were scary because they were so steep.

The view from the top was not as good as it could have been because there were tons of clouds, but as we decsendded the clouds began to clear and we got a semi good view.  Even without the view it was amazing to climb up that high.

Last time I did a 4000+ ft elevation mountain, I was so tired the next day.  My legs were sore and I was beat.  BUT this year was different, my legs (mostly my calves) were sore but otherwise I was good.  I even did a short shake out run the day after.  Check out the pictures, shown in order of our accent, top of mountain and descent.

Cloudy at the top of the mountain
At the top with Brian and my uncle

Have a great weekend!


Suz and Allan said...

Gorgeous photos! What a view!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Wow!! Those photos are gorgeous and I bet they don't even do justice to the true beauty of that area. What a wonderful place to visit!

Enjoy your weekend at home!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, beautiful pictures!! Looks like a tough hike and amazing how fast you recovered, that is what marathon training does to you! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh my! This sounds like such a wonderful hike and challenge. I love all the pics!!

Marlene said...

That is some serious climbing! Great photos. I'd be scared going down for sure - kind of like on my bike. Ha!

Kim said...

Wow! That is so beautiful! How long will it take to climb all the peaks? What is Brian's goal?

That is awesome that you felt so much better the next day than the last time you climbed :)