At the beginning of the year I set some big goals for myself. I wanted to stop playing it safe and really push my boundaries. As the end of the year draws closer, I’ve accomplished all of my goals except one – climb 200 000m. I set this goal because I wanted to push myself to explore new places, get outside and expand my limits.
Admittedly, I did not do the math when I set my climbing goal or I might have chosen a more reasonable target. 200 000m in a year equates to 550m/day (1800ft); and that’s if I don’t take rest days. I’m not a streaker so I am going to take rest days, and days where I run on the road, and days where I run on flatter trails. Those flatter days are okay because they just mean I need to run/hike/scramble up a lot of mountain peaks!
There are just over 6 weeks left in the year and I’ve climbed 170 000m. It’s coming down to the wire and I’m loving the challenge! What does 170 000m look like? Here are some highlights:
- 2016 Summit Project
- Fullerton Mountain after-work special
- Synchronizing the jumping high 5
- Summit Solstice Madness!
- A hike on some obscure peaks with a new friend
- Sinister 7
- A day trip to Jasper
- Family hikes
- A Yoho extravaganza
- Getting lost in the Sheep
- Revisting a favourite route
- Getting lost in the Kootenays
- Fun in the snow
- Going up the wrong mountain, again
- The Golden Ultra
- Mist Mountain (the fun way)
- Crawling through the snow
- Getting re-acquainted with that Pincher Creek breeze
170 000m has meant unlimited #summitOreos, jumping selfies, new trail friendships, #superquads that refuse to be constrained by pants, and a burning desire to learn how to do #summitHandstands.
These last 30 000m will be a grind, but I’m beyond excited to see what adventures they hold!