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Morning Hikes in Barton Creek Greenbelt

  • Oct 14, 2013 · 8:30 AM
  • Dennis' House

Welcome to Its Boomertime Morning Hikes in Barton Creek Greenbelt. We meet in Travis Country (South Austin) at my condo. Hike days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Start time is promptly at 8:30 am.

I hike or ride my mountain bike almost everyday, rain or shine, day and nite, on the same trails we will explore. Many of these trails are steep, rooty and rocky (“technical”). After a rain there may be standing water and mud. The rocks and roots will be slippery. Many of the trails are within the canopy and temperatures are somewhat cooler. Attendance is your acknowledgment of the potential risks.

Hikes last approximately 2 hours, in which time we may cover 5+ miles, depending on the group and trail conditions. If you lack hiking experience or have balance or health issues this group is not for you.

My goals are to have FUN and stay HEALTHY. It is not to set distance or climbing records. Health pros recommend at least one hour per day of a semi-vigorous exercise for long-term health and hiking is one of the best ways to meet that goal.

Proper preparation is essential. Eat breakfast - your body is an engine that needs fuel to perform. You must bring water (enough for your dog too), and consider a snack, hat, walking stick, sunscreen, bug spray and light-weight clothing that “wicks.” I wear water-proof hiking boots with light-weight wool socks for foot protection and stability. The joy of having a rewarding hiking experience comes from being well prepared and having the right equipment.

My dogs Boomer and Todd hike with me. They do not mountain bike. If you have a dog that can be off-leash by all means bring it. Leashed dogs are hazardous to you on technical trails and not permitted.

The boys and I hope Its Boomertime folks will continue to join us on our health quest of Austin’s great Barton Creek Greenbelt.

PS – Afterwards cold drinks and healthy snacks are available at my house. I have plenty of dry towels, if needed.

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  • dennis

    wednesday will be awesome! only problem is major storm like saturday causing too much flooding. otherwise, it's a go.

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    WOW!!! Thanks Dennis for these incredible pix of Barton raging river floodbelt used to be a trail! Its hard to imagine it will ever be hikeable but i know it could be dry creek bed in no time. Any thoughts for Wed. ?

    October 14, 2013

  • dennis

    October 14, 2013

  • Barbara M

    Sorry .... wimping out

    October 14, 2013

  • Erika

    I'm also skipping out due to muddy trails.

    October 14, 2013

  • Barbara F

    Since I have 2 weddings coming up, think I better not risk a slip in the mud. Sorry I won't make it although Friday leftovers would be tempting!

    October 13, 2013

  • Barbara M

    Hmmmm. Not sure I want to risk an injury. Mud is going to be REALLY bad. Forecast calling for yet more rain. But I have to ask -- do you still have leftovers from Friday's hike? Could be the deciding factor.

    October 13, 2013

    • Cynthia

      lol....like your criterion

      October 13, 2013

  • Cynthia

    I might be dropping out tomorrow.....would love to see the creeks with water but not sure want to wade thru mud to do so....;-((.....will see what the weather does tonight

    October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    limping home from iowa after the aforementioned 5k :), back for wed's hike.

    September 28, 2013

    • dennis

      know the feeling.

      October 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I wrote that before going it was a great race 15000 people literally half the town! Doing the two 'i's now should be fine c u all wed. :)

      October 13, 2013

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