So after that great week of hiking, what happened? I haven’t really been blogging about hiking lately, but I’ve managed a few non-descript ones. After hitting my weekly hiking quota for a single week, life reared its ugly head, and I spent some time doing other physical activities, such as replacing all the windows on my hovel and helping my buddy Mark sort out his workshop before his impending move to California. Not to mention a little bit of fickle spring weather, though I can’t really blame anything on that. Still, the mile count grows; and so does the mile count deficit. I think the 1st quarter numbers are going to look bleak… probably around 60% of goal. But the weather is here, wish you were beautiful, and I’ll be a hiking fool once summer really arrives…
Went for a high speed hike up and around the Big Bluestem to South Shanahan Ridge Loop today. I cranked through it just over an hour and a half, which is good considering my poor conditioning and the fact that it is a long steady climb in the clockwise rotation. 5.5 miles, including side trips. Hopefully this week I can make up some miles–right now I seem to have slipped to about 60% of goal, despite the improving weather.
Randi and I went for a longer hike up Middle to North Shanahan Ridge trail, then along the Mesa and descended the South Shanahan Ridge trail. It’s good to finally be getting in hikes around Boulder longer than my quota, instead of shivering through 1 mile hikes. Nice to see that even the Mesa trail in that area is mostly snow-free, except for a short north-facing section. 4.6 miles, including side trips.
Went for a quick hike up and around the lower Shanahan Ridge Loop to see where the snowmelt was in the trees on the mesa. Surprisingly things were mostly dry, with only a few small spots where the snow was still melting and the trail a bit muddy. I’m glad to see that this warm weather is having its effect. 3.2 miles, including side trips.
Went for a quick 4.1 mile hike in some really fine spring-like weather. The lower elevation trails are finally drying up quite nicely now, so it is time to get some miles in, though there is still lots of snow on any trail with serious relief. I’ve also gone on a few shorter hikes lately that I haven’t been good at blogging about–there’s only so much one can write about walking the creek path. Nonetheless, the miles count.
On a cold, blustery day I managed just a short 1.1 mile hike on the Bear Creek Path. Other than the fact the wind actually knocked the dig off his feet (ok, he was standing on a patch of ice at the time), there’s nothing really all that exciting to report about this hike. Except of course that I hit the 100 mile milestone, marking one-tenth of my yearly goal, and on the first day of March, no less.
Perhaps it is time to think about the mathematics again. Obviously I am behind, but winter is winter–and it has been especially brutal in Colorado this year. With approximately 16% of the year already gone, I’ve hiked only 10% of my mileage. While I should have hiked 161.64 miles to be on pace, my 100.4 miles means I’ve covered only about 62% of the miles needed to keep pace with my 1000 mile goal. That’s a tiny bit less than the two-thirds ratio I was hoping to keep through winter.
Nonetheless I am not that concerned as the weather is steadily beginning to improve. Soon I’ll be exceeding my mileage quotient most days, instead of these piddling 1.1 milers. Interestingly my difficulty factor ratings of each hike–which for the moment are private, pending my finishing a spreadsheet plugin for WordPress–average out to only about 95%. That reflects all the short, easier hikes brought on by a fierce winter, but a curious anomaly is that my mileage adjusted for difficulty factor is still slightly above the actual mileage at 103.2 adjusted miles. (The reason for the discrepancy is that the hikes I rated as having a high difficulty factor were fewer in number but longer in miles.) In any case, it just goes to show what I sort of predicted to friends who encouraged me to take the difficulty factor of my hikes into consideration–it probably won’t much matter.
Hopefully I’ll finish that spreadsheet plugin soon and my readers will be able to rate my hikes for difficulty as well!
1000 Miles or Bust!
January 1, 2007
In 2007 I am challenging myself to hike 1000 miles in a year. That’s almost 20 miles a week, or about 2.75 miles every day. Whenever I’ve mentioned this goal to friends, the reaction has ranged “Wow, that’s a lot!” to “No problem! That should be easy!” to “What, exactly, counts as a hike? How long?” to “Cool, but you should give yourself extra mileage for elevation gained” to “Does jogging/walking/biking count?”... [read the rest of the first post about this blog]
The Hiker's Progress
Actual miles hiked in 2007:
- Cute SVN tricks
- WordPress 0.62 released (security patch)
- Switch from Yahoo Calendar to Google Calendar
- Floating a rounded corner box inside a WordPress post entry
- Isabelle, O Isabelle
- WordPress Spreadsheet 0.61 released
- Crater Lake Backpack Trip
- WordPress Spreadsheet (wpSS) version 0.6 released
- Chicory Bears on the Big Bluestem
- Cottonwood Pass Peak Bagging
- Copper Creek Teaser
- Maroon Bells under the Maroon Bells: Stolen Shots in Rustler Park
- Land of the Obvious
- Beckwith Pass Beckons
- Up On Crooked Creek
- August 2008 (1)
- April 2008 (1)
- March 2008 (1)
- October 2007 (3)
- August 2007 (2)
- July 2007 (10)
- June 2007 (15)
- May 2007 (8)
- April 2007 (10)
- March 2007 (23)
- February 2007 (15)
- January 2007 (19)