Sunday, January 18, 2015

Countdown to Amicalola: Hiking in January

Icefalls in French Canyon at Starved Rock State Park. Not sure how this effect ended up on this picture, this was not intentional.

Date: January 18, 2015
Current Week: 01/14/15 - 01/20/15
Days until Amicalola: 66
Pounds to next weight goal: 11.4 (N/A)
Total Loss Last Week: 5.6
Weight Goals Met: 0
Minutes Exercised, Yesterday: 66
Minutes Exercised, Last Week: 140
Minutes Exercised, Week: 135
Miles Hiked, Yesterday: 1.5
Miles Hiked, Week: 1.5
Miles Hiked, 2015: 1.5

Yesterday was my first hike of the year, and although it was short, it was a good hike. Although most of it was flat, it included hiking to the top of Starved Rock. Because of it being the middle of January, the ground was covered in snow and ice, but a pair of Yak Trax over my shoes helped with all but the slickest of icy downhills. Not only was this the first hike of the year, it was also my first hike in full winter conditions since my Cades Cove Loop hike back in November 2010. Being able to hike without slipping and falling was a good exercise for me, as it helps build confidence for dealing with a potential winter conditions that we'll encounter on the Appalachian Trail.

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