Saturday, June 21, 2014

Getting Hot at Camelback

Weather:  93°, sunny

Time:  33 minutes

About this hike:  My time of over 30 minutes was terrible this morning!  The heat really got to me.  After years of doing this I thought I was conditioned.  More than anything my legs experienced fatigue and I had to stop quite a bit.  Otherwise it wasn't very crowded today and was an uneventful hike.

"The Mountain" left a gift—a box of apricots at the trailhead.  I grabbed a few and they ended up getting smashed in my hiking/hydration pack. No more excuses—it needed a good cleaning.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Summer's Here at Camelback

Weather:  93°, sunny

Time:  30 minutes

About this hike:  The heat is definitely challenging my time to the summit. I find myself stopping more often.  That said, this was an enjoyable hike.  Summer really isn't so bad—there are far fewer people, easier parking, and a good portion of the trail is shaded.  Of course I stick to early mornings before the hottest part of the day.

Knee is feeling better. It still bothers me after a run, but doesn't stay hurting for too long. In fact, I was at the exit gate of my complex today before realizing I didn't have my Velcro brace.  I chose to turn around and grab it as it has made a huge difference.

Today after the hike my knee felt no worse for the wear, and I was putting weight on it, jumping, etc. like normal.  After 5 weeks I hope this strain injury is finally behind me.  And I have to ask myself—were the Grand Canyon and Bill Williams Mountain hikes that caused the strain in the first place worth it?

When I got home instead of feeling exhausted I felt like lifting I guess I got my workout in for today and tomorrow!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

New Friends at Camelback

Weather:  92°, sunny

Time:  Not taken.  I started the stopwatch on my phone, but then made the mistake of checking an email while hiking. For some reason this causes the app to shut down.

About this hike:  It felt good to get back to Camelback after a few weeks.  The hotter weather (and the fact a hiker died there this week!) cleared out the parking lot.

A month later and the knee is still bothering me.  It's fine until I go hiking, so I slap on a velcro brace and tough it out.  Gotta embrace the brace.  For some reason I had a lot of fatigue starting at the second vertical.  I had to make multiple stops, which was very disappointing.  I'm conditioned to handle this, even if it's a little warmer out!

At the summit I met a group of hikers and ended up getting my picture taken with them.  We exchanged phone numbers and said we might all hike as a group sometime.  No place like the trails to make new friends :)

From what I can tell, this is a tribute to Eric
Fernandes, the guy who died on Camelback this week