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A little less than a happy high
The Straw
Driving through Scottsdale to my folks place, we passed Camelback Mountain and I felt odd. This was the first time that I had been to AZ without making an attempt at the climb. Really, it’s a pretty easy climb, complete with railings that have been placed along some of the sketchiest areas. Previously, I had done it to give myself an idea of how prepared I was for longer hikes in the desert. After my first ascent of Camelback, I walked near twenty miles in the Superstition Mountains the next day. On my most recent attempt, I had to turn back from the summit because I was starting to show signs of heat exhaustion, and didn’t do any other hiking on that trip.

Leaving aside the fact that we really didn’t have time for this kind of side trip (Sunnyvale, CA was a twelve hour drive from Scottsdale), I knew that I probably couldn’t have done it successfully. I know the hill well enough to have a rough idea of how I will perform given the conditions and my own condition (Camelback may be the hill I’ve hiked most aside from Old Speck Mountain in Western Maine.) I couldn’t have done it.

I can make excuses about how at mid-day in high summer, the temps in Gtr. Phoenix climbed to about 114, but really what it comes down to is that I am simply out of shape. I mean c’mon… my abs hurt after a few hours at a potters wheel. That’s just weak.

So, gentle reader, I invite you to speculate. Since I know that I enjoy myself more when I am in shape, and that being out of shape keeps me from doing things that I truly love, why is it that I am still being a sedentary lump?

Current Mood: discontent discontent

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komos From: komos Date: July 31st, 2003 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
You and your 'journey of a thousand miles' logic... ;P
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komos From: komos Date: August 1st, 2003 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Have the oompaloompas unionized?
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komos From: komos Date: August 1st, 2003 06:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Weapons

Depends on the weapon. Can you be more specific?

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komos From: komos Date: August 2nd, 2003 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Weapons

Well, I know a little bit about a number of different weapons, but I can't say that I've had much experience with them overall. I did some fencing back in the day and did some staff work at the White Crane school before my hiatus, but aside from that, I've a lot of theory without any real application.

thedeadfisharmy From: thedeadfisharmy Date: August 1st, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh, hey, wait. Scottsdale. My mom is moving to Scottdale. I humbly accept all advice/recommendations about the area so that I can pass them on to her.
komos From: komos Date: August 2nd, 2003 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
It really depends on what she likes. I'll offer the caveat that I've only been out a handful of times, and I'm rather fond of desert hiking and good food. If you can give me an idea, I can toss out some ideas and pick my folks' brains for more.
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