Get ELEVATION HIKE - up the runs at Powderhorn Ski Area
Recently I was hiking to 'elevation' (just between 11-12,000') and oh was I sucking wind. As I descended that hike it occurred to me that some uphilling at Powderhorn might be as good a high elevation workout as I can get around here.
Grab your ski or trekking poles if you like them, water and maybe sunscreen and let's go pound some elevation - however much you do or do not want to do.
On the other hand, if you want to join us for a casual hike in the wildflowers, you are encouraged to come along for that too; or any level of activity in between.
Meet at the Palisade Park n Ride on I-70 at 6 PM and we will carpool from there. If you are coming from another direction or do not want to carpool, please let us know that in the Comments so we are not waiting.
I know if you are bringing FIDO you may have to go home first to get the dog. Please plan to leave work a few minutes early to make it to Palisade by 6 or plan to drive separately on your own time schedule. We will not be hard to find at Powderhorn.
Sunset this evening is officially (http://www.timeanddate.com/sun/usa/denver) 8.23 PM though there will be good twilight for 30 or more minutes after that time
Driving details and a Goggle map are here. (http://www.powderhorn.com/getting-here) Want to see what's happening up there'right now' here is their live cam. (http://www.powderhorn.com/)
If the live cam and a weather forecast of 40% or more for rain show not going to Powderhorn is a better idea (call me), let's plan to hike the Palisade Rim (http://www.gjhikes.com/2011/04/palisade-rim.html) as an alternative. I have not done this trail but from what I have read those who want to can get the heart rate up here. If we do this, we will usethe trailhead on G Road (https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&num=200&msa=0&ll=39.114479,-108.308115&spn=0.047416,0.105743&t=p&z=14&msid=215968625845988893810.0004a02cec6cef7e107e8&dg=feature), the one near the river.
• Sturdy shoes or light boots (or your 14'er boots?)
• Trekking or ski poles (you can take up to 40% of the work load on your arms with proper uphill use of poles. I'd be happy to show you how (http://www.nordicskiracer.com/Training/2005/SkiWalking.asp).)
• Water & high energy snacks
• Sun protection (whatever that means to you)
• Rain jacket and hat (it is the mountains and afternoon thunder showers are always a possibility) Here is Powderhorn-specific weather. (http://www.powderhorn.com/weather)
• Insect repellent (I do not know if they are there but. . . have it in your pack)
• Headlamp (like bug juice, always have it in your pack)
• Camera, GPS (I do not know if there may be geo-caches up there?)
• Some $$$ for carpool gas and if we opt to stop in Mesa or Palisade for eats &/or beverages
Please state if you will be meeting at the park-n-ride or have other plans.
As you can see in the photo above dogs are OK on these trails so bring FIDO along if you like. As always, you and your dog please be courteous of others. Be sure if FIDO drops it, you pick it up and carry it out.
• Nordic Walking (http://www.skiwalking.com/)
• 14'er.com fitness training discussion (https://14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=9982)
• GoodHiker.com (http://www.goodhiker.com/2011/05/25/health-benefits-hiking/) Top 10 Benefits to Hiking
Doug Van Etten[masked]