Posted by Meg
We’ve now had our second CFF team hike. Our group has grown to 26, and I am so happy with the sense of comradery and enthusiasm around doing this to raise money and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
I’m starting to keep a running list of things I’ve learned during training so far:
* Blue Ridge Mountain Sports is a fantastic resource, both for equipment and knowledgeable staff. That is where our hiking guide and leader is from of course.
* It is fun to have a coach again. Getting emails reminding me I need to train (and then feeling guilty when I don’t) is motivating.
* Trail people stink. Seriously. Hold your nose. (I guess I would too if I hadn’t showered for several weeks.)
* Through hikers are also not ashamed. Last weekend, we ran into a couple on the trail wearing nothing but their underwear.
* Trekking poles look dorky, but they are actually very useful. Same with camelpak-style backpacks. You know. The type that hold water.
* Notice I didn’t call it a back-pack with a water bladder. Bladder. That word is weird.
* Hills suck. I don’t know what is worse. The lack of ability to inhale going up. Or, the shakiness in the legs coming down.
* There is something incredibly liberating about your cell phone not having any service when you are in the woods.
* A visit to a local brewery is a great reward after a hike. Might I suggest Blue Mountain or Blue Mountain’s Barrel House if you’re ever in the area.
More upcoming hiking this weekend. We’ll keep this list going. Thanks again to everyone for the ongoing support!