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- The experience was very similar to attempting to run at 7200 feet having been acclimated to sea level.
I used to bike to work a few times a week, an easy five mile ride to my old office. One year after giving blood (not the same day but definitely the same week), the ride was awful. It was almost painful. I'm at about 900-1000' above sea level here, and that memory is surprisingly similar to how I felt hiking at 10,000' after living my whole life at 1000'.
I will gladly take any suggestions, but don't put too much effort into it as I have a lot of ideas for stuff this year, and there's no way I can do it all. The South Sister in Oregon is something that seems maybe doable. It's a little higher than I'm thinking, but it's in the ballpark.
I want to start chipping away at the rest of the Northeast 111. That alone would keep me busy for four or five years.
That's kind of how I felt on my first night! It's why I bothered to count my pulse. My heart was pounding and I was just laying in my tent. I felt better the second night, even if I felt exhausted the next day during the hike.
Having more time to acclimate would be nice.
That's probably a fair statement. My parents asked about how it compared to my trips to New York, and my answer was that the hiking was of equal quality, but while I could imagine living in New York, I couldn't picture the same for New Mexico.
Texas is a maybe, though. I have a good friend in Austin, and maybe I could work out a trip to see her and do some hiking. Someone else mentioned Big Bend to me recently, and it sounds like it's worth checking out.
Yep, I never felt like I acclimated to the altitude. I never felt it exactly, it wasn't a sense of not getting enough air or anything, it was just that a four hour hike had me feeling exhausted. I reminded myself I hiked for thirteen hours last December in tougher conditions (but half the pack weight) from 1800' to 4800'. I don't think it was just being a bit wimpy, it was a physiological response.
If you have any suggestions for 8-9000' peaks, I'm all ears! I do want to explore the PNW, but it was off the list here in May because I didn't want to deal with changing winter/spring conditions.
Yes! Marmots is definitely right now that I see them.
- Every trail of my childhood. We didn't turn around.
I've crossed some pretty sketchy stuff in the Adirondacks, but something about that trail really had me stuck. I think it was feeling off because of the altitude combined with the loose soil from the recent erosion. It just felt like crossing marbles with a twenty foot slide if it went wrong.
I guess, to be in the relationship but to have a mutual understanding that there's little expectation of doing couple-y things. I'm not sure if it would work; both people would need to be on board with it or one could be offended. But it would be, like, Friday night and don't want to eat home alone? Text the girlfriend and see if she's interested in going out. But similarly if you want to get up early to run Saturday morning, there's no expectation of being a couple just because it's Friday night, and if she texts you, it's ok to say no.
Maybe one or the other people end up frustrated with it, but if it's an option of ending it or trying a different approach, maybe it's an option.
Caveat: I'm very single and probably the last person in the world to give advice.
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