mitchellisdumb wrote:Thanks for the welcome! I'm studying at Fuller Theological Seminary, doing an MDiv. Almost done! It's been a long road, so my wife encouraged me to take this summer as a sort of sabbatical before starting any new jobs. She's the best. So I'm planning to spend most of the summer in one national park or another.
Very Nice! Lucky you with your wife giving you some time off to go play.
mitchellisdumb wrote:It really is nice having these mountains in our backyard! When I did my JMT trek, I trained mainly by doing Echo over and over again almost every morning (bright and early, before it got hot). The biggest point in Delaware is 446 feet above sea level... not really a ripe training ground for mountaineering.
I agree. Echo Mtn is OK, but it's a bit drab since its mostly shelf trail in scrub. I normally get up and hit the Mt. Wilson Trail @ 5:00 for three days during the work week. I hike up as far as I can go in an hour and then I run back down to the trailhead from my turn around point. Usually one day of the weekend (unless I have something else going on) I will start out at Chantry Flats right when they open the gate at 6:00, hike up the the Gabrielino Trail to Sturtevent Camp, up and over the Mt. Zion trail, and then catch Upper Winter Creek back to Chantry Flats. Makes a nice 8.5 mile loop with plenty of up and down to start the day.
I grew up near St. Louis where the highest point in the state is just over 1700', good walking trails out in the woods but no real big elevation gains like we have out here..