For those not familiar with it this trail is a series of 12 switchbacks and a steep climb. It's a 1.75 mile hike and you gain about 1100 feet on the climb. The hike up was hard but doable (lots of breaks of course and I nursed Jack twice on the side of the trail), but then the sun came out from behind the clouds as we neared the top of the trail. Brutal. Even in October. You can actually feel the rays cooking you alive. We are several thousand feet above sea-level so that makes the rays even stronger. Unfortunately I have always been very sensitive to the heat. I don't sweat properly. I don't know why, even at a healthy weight I just don't sweat like a person should and therefore my body can not cool itself efficiently. I get red people. Like people think I am going to die red. (I've been asked on more than one workout if I was okay) Embarrassing yes, life-threatening? Not unless I can't find some shade, water, and a wet towel. You want to know how to ghetto cool yourself? Wet and a towel and act like you are a prize-winning boxer mopping your face after a fight...
|Y Mountain in the background|
I am going to post a picture of me at the top of the trail, the white behind me is the Y on the mountain that stands for BYU. We live like 5 minutes from the trail head. It's not a pretty picture, but as Josh said I'll want to see where I started from. We went again on Monday and went to the third switchback, a much shorter climb and easier on the kids. We have plans to do a few switchbacks every week just for the exercise and because it's FUN and BEAUTIFUL up there. The next time we climb to the top we will leave the kids at home until we get better times, which we will as we get more fit and lose the weight! Huzzah!
|I know... Very unattractive but this is the before pic!|