Saturday, April 2, 2011

"10,500 ft" oil 8x8

This summer I will travel to Colorado and Wyoming to hike into the back country. To find views like this usually entails a strenuous hike of anywhere from 4 to 7 miles, with a typical elevation gain of 2 to 3 thousand feet (think about climbing a 3 thousand feet staircase). Living on the east coast, where I'm probably 17 inches above sea level, presents some physical challenges when attempting hikes at these altitudes. I am in the gym these days training to build up my stamina. The rewards of seeing crystal clear alpine lakes are well worth the effort.


Becky Joy said...

Good idea to be in the gym. I was going to up the treadmill, but haven't. I'll be puffing.

Michael said...

I hear ya. I'm PA Dutch Wonderland country but often backpack in the Sierra Nevada. I found carrying a big daypack loaded up with the Ten Essentials plus gallons of water while walking and running the PA hills does the trick. : )

Kim VanDerHoek said...

Friends always ask me what the appeal of backpacking is and I suppose if I came home with a painting as amazing as yours they might understand why.

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