Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mt. Charleston Peak

I've been dating a man for a little over 4 months now.  Honestly, it feels longer.  I mean that in a very good way.  Together we have thrown bbq's at my apartment.  Hiked Red Rock, Zion, Bryce and Mt. Charleston.  We have laughed, camped, hiked until our feet were throbbing and seen each other at our best and worst.  Sometimes, what I think is "my worst" is when he likes me best. 
I'm not a hiker.  I'm afraid of heights.  Uncomfortable climbing things.  Yet I've done incredible (for me) things these past few months.  We topped it off by climbing to the top of Mt. Charleston this past Sunday.  We started at 7:30 am up the South Loop to Charleston Peak.  Then we went back down the North Loop all the way to Trail Canyon.  22.5 miles round trip.  11,900 elevation.  Our hiking group, which started off with close to 10 people two months ago was down to three.  Me, my boyfriend Jimmy and our friend David.  We camped over on the Lee Canyon side the night before to acclimate to the elevation and finished the hike in 10 hours.
I feel pretty hard core.  What an accomplishment! (Left to Right:  Our friend David, Me and Jimmy)

Oh, and as far as Bikram goes.....I'm still going once a week.  I've lost a little flexibility in my hips during triangle, but man oh man you should see my standing head to knee.  I'm like a rock.  My legs are getting STRONG.