Fun Date Night to raise funds and awareness for the Backcountry Conservation & Education Fund's mission to improve wildlife habitat, inspire the next generation of nature stewards and ignite a lifelong love of the outdoors for all. Friends, gourmet smores, farm animals, mechanical bull, delicious BBQ and the perfect weather/sunset! #coloradolife#coloradowildlife
So yesterday 8-24-19 I attempted to summit Iron Mountain in the San Gabriel Mountains. It was 14 miles round trip with an elevation gain of close to 7000 vertical feet. The last 2.5 miles had an elevation gain of 3500 vertical feet. The whole trail was just constantly going up. Most of the trail was overgrown with bushes and many overgrown yucca plants. I lost track at how many times I was stabbed by those plants. I wore lightweight windbreaker type hiking pants with a under armor long sleeve compression shirt to protect myself from the yucca. Some parts required climbing up rocks and steep slopes with scree. There were saddles on the ridge line that would drop down and then a steep climb up to the next. The steepness makes Baldy Bowl seem like a walk in the park. Quite possibly the hardest trail in Southern California besides Cactus to Clouds. Started the hike at 6am and completely underestimated the heat for the day. I brought 3L of water and a canteen with Powerade and ran out of fluids half way back down. My friend and I turned around about 1 mile from the summit because I knew I wasn’t going to have enough liquids to finish. Luckily another woman who had done this hike multiple times, also turned around where we did and was following us down for a bit. She noticed how bad I was doing and alerted someone once she got down ahead of us. THANK YOU if you happen to see this post. There were times when I was just laying in the dirt in the shade trying to recover but then kept pushing on because I needed water and sitting there wasn’t going to get that. I consider myself to be an experienced hiker and extremely fit and in the best shape of my life. However, the heat yesterday destroyed me. My Garmin tempe sensor picked up over 100 degrees multiple times during the ascent and descent. I am so grateful for the woman behind us as there was no one else on the trail. Also so thankful for the kind and helpful LA County Sheriffs Dept. that came and airlifted my friend and I back to safety where we were then transported back to the parking lot so I could get my water and cool down in the AC. This was an eye opener and I will take more precautions next time.
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Sitting by the grill, and soaking up one of our last warm days of the year. The light is breathing autumn vibes tonight, and the breeze is cool....and I’m starting to feel excited.
The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.
Alan Wilson Watts
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