Monday, April 12, 2010

Iron Mountain

A few women from work and I have formed a hiking group. W.O.W (Women of Whitney) hikes almost every weekend and has 4 overnighters planned to prepare for summit ting Mt. Whitney in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the contiguous US at 14,497 feet.-being beat out by Mt. McKinley in Alaska at 20,3230 feet. From 'Base Camp'(aka Whitney Portal) the elevation gain is over 6000 feet. So we are planning and hiking, hiking and planning. We are eating sleeping thinking Mt. Whitney. We have been approved for our permits, we are buying our gear and mostly, just getting out there and burning up the trails! We have blisters and callouses and injuries already, but we are enjoying our comradary and the journey. Elevation will be our biggest obstacle I think. We know it isn't a race though-we don't care how long it takes for us to summit. We have permits for two nights on the mountain. And reservations for a hot spring spa once we get back to the Portal! Here are pictures of some of our training.

View from the staging area. We hiked Iron Mountain in Poway, CA this weekend. We staged at the Ellie Lane park n hike. It added 6 miles to loop trail. We hike 9.6 miles in 5 hours with an elevation change of 3100 feet. We had a few detours, breaks for snacks and injury repair. All in all it was a fabulous day!


Pasture at the trail head. AKA suburban farming...


Sharon, taking a break and admiring the views.




Hotties on the trail.





Springtime in San Diego. February-May is springtime here. The yearly average rainfall of 10 inches produces stellar wildflowers and emerald green grasses. The landscape is awash with color for a few months before going wheaten and dry for the rest of the year.


We are supposed to go this way, right?


...uh...guys? I'm pretty sure we were supposed to go to THAT peak...



refueling before heading on our way back to the main trail.



Iron Mountain Summit!




Injury on the trail...it's Nicoles Karma for laughing at ME for falling last week. Haha! She does like to show me up, though. She actually had blood and everything...


Short cut via the 67 hwy. We found out quickly that walking on asphalt sux! We were exhausted and were 9.0 miles into the hike, Nicole was injured, we were hungry, and thumbing it looked like a good idea at the time...

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