Mailbox Peak. What a NW classic.
I knew this was probably going to be too much for my knee but when I got the invite from Greg Kauper I said what the heck and rolled the dice. The result? I could feel my knee acting up on the climb and it got really sore on the way down and I was limping around the rest of the day but I survived.
And the hike was a blast!
It was cool but not cold and the climb (as usual) warmed me up really well. Here's to non-extreme conditions!
On the way up I caught this woman that was hiking pretty quick. At one point she stopped and then so did I to let Greg and Dean catch up (not sure why I was going so fast...) and just after they caught me so did she and suddenly she is telling us all about her her life.
"I just has two shoulder surgeries."
"I used to swim butterfly all the time!"
"I'm just getting back into shape."
"I climb a ton, mostly 5.11."
"I never had any issues with my shoulders and then one day I went into the doctor and this happens...!"
Lady... Please. Shut. UP. Finally she asked to get by us and when we let her she had to tell us that, "This is my first hike in a year so I'm going like a bat out of hell." Lovely, whatever. Did I mention that when Greg and Dean started to talk about back country skiing she started going on about all the places she has been and how good/bad each location was? All without ever being invited into any of our conversations. People are hilarious.
At the top I went to grab my camera for the obligatory summit shot and my heart sank. My camera was gone. I have this ridiculous, elastic pocket on my CamelBak that is 1) pretty stretched out and 2) kind of lame in the first place and my camera was no longer inside of it. Dang.
I was also way later than I wanted to be so these two things gave me a great excuse to say goodbye to this woman and beeline it back to the car. On the way down we met Suzie and Laura coming up and I unfortunately had to excuse myself again because of time.
I was keeping my eyes open but honestly I thought there was no way I would find my camera... Luckily it's orange and as I was hiking/skiing down the snowy trail I suddenly caught a glimpse of something. I literally did a double take and there it was. Nice! That sure made my day.
It was so much fun to be out on a trail, wearing my running shoes and to be in the snow!
I have to admit I jogged as much of the descent as my knee would allow; I just could not hold back. The snow at the top was slick and I could sort of ski my way down and it was a little treacherous when the snow was mixed with mud in the middle of the descent but once the snow disappeared the dirt trail was actually not very slippery and I made good time.
So happy to be out and about.
|Workout Food||water, 2 almond butter & jam sandwiches|
|Time of Day||11:50 AM|
|Weather||low 40s at the start, probably mid 30s at the top|
|Time||2:45? (I started my watch a little late)|
|Equipment||Brooks Cascadia 8, Garmin Fenix, my really old CamelBak Mule|
|Clothing||Injinji Run Original Weight Mini-Crew, Patagonia Capilene briefs, 2XU Compression 3/4 Tights, Craft long sleeve undershirt, long sleeve fleece top, Patagonia Capilene 4 Expedition Weight Beanie, Patagonia Capilene gloves, Patagonia Houdini Jacket|