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November 21, 2017 at 8:53 am in reply to: Mt San Jacinto – Marion Mt Trail Pink Stuff #399700
The consensus in the SoCal Hikers Facebook Group was that it’s phos-check — a fire retardant.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/socalhiker/permalink/1626684367392374/November 20, 2017 at 3:41 pm in reply to: Mt San Jacinto – Marion Mt Trail Pink Stuff #399693
That does not look like anything naturally occurring. Do you have a larger version of the photo?November 17, 2017 at 10:25 am in reply to: First time Backpacker – TCT a good choice? #399649
Hi Becky and welcome to SoCalHiker!
The Trans-Catalina Trail is beautiful, and feels like a world away from the rest of SoCal. It was my girlfriend’s first backpacking trip when we were training for the JMT. In some ways it’s a great first trip.
Note that the route has changed and our guide has not yet been updated to reflect the change. The changes make it easier, and reduce the total mileage hiked. Previously the trail “ended” at Starlight Beach — a full 9 miles from Two Harbors — and that “extra” milage back to town wasn’t considered part of the trail. Now it actually ends back at Two Harbors, so the mileage for the TCT is an accurate reflection of the miles you’ll hike.
As for water, no need to filter or treat. And yes, water is part of the deal when you book your campsites. A few of the campsites have water on tap, and those that do not, a locker is provided where you’ll pick up your supply of bottled water. The system works pretty well.
Be prepared for cold, damp nights and hot, sunny days (unless it’s raining). And have a blast!November 4, 2017 at 2:36 pm in reply to: Why does weight lifting strength atrophy quickly and take longer to recover? #399310
I’m no expert in this area, but I will make two observations. Weight lifting is anaerobic, while mountain biking, skiing, surfing are much more aerobic. Muscle strength is important, sure, but it’s not about muscle mass or how much you can lift; it’s more about your endurance and ability to keep pedaling.
Second, my running coach shared a rule of thumb: it takes about as long to “lose” your training as it took to gain it. In other words, if you run a mile every day for three months, then stop running completely, it will take about three months for you to “lose” all the benefits of the prior three months of training. Again, this is for an aerobic activity, so for weight lifting it’s likely to be very different (as alluded by the guy who replied in the bodybuilding forum).
Finally, age is a factor. Sadly, as we age, the hormone levels in our body change. For men, testosterone typically drops. This can have a marked affect on the speed at which muscles will atrophy and the gains you’ve earned are “lost” by inactivity.
Best advice? Stay active using a variety of activities.November 1, 2017 at 10:39 am in reply to: 6 Pack Questions? #399276
Jeremy, Shuping is correct… the 2018 challenge begins in, well, 2018. 😉
As for the order, you can hike them in any order you want, though when I created the Six-Pack, they were hiked in the order presented. Keep in mind that it’s much more satisfying to “finish” your challenge atop a peak like San Gorgonio than Mt Wilson.
Also note that the peaks have not been announced yet for 2018. Mt Wilson is currently closed due to the recent wildfire.October 10, 2017 at 5:20 pm in reply to: 6 Peak Training for Whitney! #398252
Congratulations, Carrie! That’s awesome!
As for altitude sickness, I haven’t taken anything for it, so I can’t comment on that, but I can recommend spending a night above 8,000′ to acclimate at least one day before your summit. Living near sea level, the altitude can really do a number on you, and a night or two can help your body adjust.
Great advice on the water. In the Sierra Nevada, I typically carry a liter of water — because it’s so plentiful. If I know there’s a long way without water (i.e. the last few miles to the summit) I plan and bring accordingly, but you’re right — no need to carry ALL the water you’ll need the entire way.October 7, 2017 at 5:41 pm in reply to: Logging the hikes #398201
I am having trouble logging the hikes. I would click on “log hike”, but it only directs me to the peaks, but no where/no place to log it. Please help.
Almi, there was a problem with your user account. We’ve squared that away so it should work now. I’m also emailing you.October 5, 2017 at 9:19 am in reply to: I didn't quite make it… #398096
Hey guys, thanks for taking part in the challenge. Sometimes just fitting it into your schedule can be a challenge!
Sounds like you’ve had some great adventures, with more on the calendar (the Trans-Catalina Trail is awesome). Hopefully we can connect next year!October 1, 2017 at 2:57 pm in reply to: Six Pack Silliness! An Ode to the Journey #397526
That is AWESOME, Natalie! Thank you so much for sharing this!September 18, 2017 at 12:38 pm in reply to: Finishing date for six pack of peaks #394371
We have until September 30 to FINISH the challenge right? It says registration closed August 31 and we have until 9/30 to log our hikes….
Lynette, September 30th is the last day to hike and LOG your last hikes for a free invite to the Finisher’s Party on October 8th. Of course, you must be a registered challenger.
If you will finish after September 30th, your name still makes it on the Finisher’s List, but you won’t get that free invite to the party. I know some people are planning to finish in October or even later, and that’s okay. They can still come to the party, too, but they’ll have to buy a ticket.
Which by the way, people who just want to join the fun and celebrate the accomplishments of the other finishers are welcome to come to the party. Tickets will go on sale later this week.September 13, 2017 at 5:51 am in reply to: Hiking JMT in September / October #393808
September is a great time to hike the John Muir Trail! The crowds are thinner and the bugs are mostly gone. Of course, the weather is unpredictable, but that’s true any time of year in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
I just got back from four days backpacking, including a portion of the JMT and it was awesome!September 13, 2017 at 5:49 am in reply to: Finisher's Party? #393807
I don’t see any information on the website about the Finisher’s Party. I registered and have hiked all the peaks, have all the badges, including the 2017 Finisher’s Badge, but can’t find any information about the party.
We will be sending out info on how to RSVP for the Finisher’s Party next week.
Meanwhile, mark your calendars.
2017 Six-Pack of Peaks Finisher’s Party
Sunday, October 8th
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Oak Creek Golf Club
1 Golf Club
Irvine, CASeptember 13, 2017 at 5:47 am in reply to: San Jacinto – Palm Springs tram closed for maint until tentatively 9/30/17 #393806
I’m going to be hiking San Jacinto this week from Humber Park, up Devil’s Slide. I’ll post a trip report sometime next week.September 1, 2017 at 3:28 pm in reply to: Mount Whitney Panorama Labeled with 350 Names #392626
That is awesome, Paul! Thanks for sharing!September 1, 2017 at 3:22 pm in reply to: Logged Peaks, Badges and Finishers #392625
You can view your hike logs for 2017 by going to your profile and clicking the Hike Logs tab. In fact, you can view anyone’s hike logs by viewing their profile and clicking that tab.
As for last year, I’ve added you to the list.