Mt. Adams, here I come! Conquering mountains in your life (Video Post)

I was hiking with a friend on a local mountain the other day and he brought up an opportunity which I have been thinking of for years and now, it may become a reality!  The lesson I take from this is, don’t let the opportunity pass you by!  There is a mountain in Washington State called Mt. Adams.  It is a stunningly magnificent and majestic mountain which is snow-capped year round with glaciers and beauty.  My friend told me he was planning to climb Mt. Adams at the end of September and I asked if he would mind one more person along for the journey, he agreed and I was instantly excited.

I was grabbing ahold of a chance to climb a mountain which I’ve watched and admired since I was 12 years old (over 40 years!).  Mt. Adams has 12 glaciers which cover 2.5 % of the mountain.  The native Americans called the mountain Pahto, which means Now, I have some concerns, it is a tall mountain at 12,276 feet.  I’ve never been that high or faced the potential for altitude sickness so I am not sure how my body will react.  The other variable is a sore ankle which I’ve been nursing since I sprained it badly hiking in Zion National Park last month.  I’m planning on hiking up on of the steeper hills in my area for at least every day for the next 14 days straight as training.



McBee Trail from GPS track

McBee Trail from GPS track

The hike I will take is McBee Hill and the video in this post shows a great view from the top of McBee on my hike this morning. The elevation gain on McBee is about 1100 feet with about a 24% grade so it is a pretty good workout.  It took me about 25 minutes to make the 1 mile climb.  The top is at 1942 feet, while the trailhead is at about 884 feet above sea level.

Benton City from McBee Hill

Benton City from McBee Hill

Looking toward West Richland from McBee Hill

Looking toward West Richland from McBee Hill

Goose Hill and Badger Canyon from McBee Hill

Goose Hill and Badger Canyon from McBee Hill

I look forward to hiking and preparing for this journey!  It is very exciting.

In the way of humor, I wanted to share a lesson about not letting opportunities pass you by.  When I was in Utah recently, I was driving through the countryside and saw the truck you see in the picture below parked in a pasture along the road.

The Stool Bus, septic waste truck!

The Stool Bus, septic waste truck!

It made me laugh and I thought to myself “I’ll get a picture of it when I come back past this way tomorrow.”  Well, when I went back past, the truck was gone!  I had missed my opportunity!  I know, it might seem rather silly but I took a moral from that story to “get while the getting’s good!”  Grab hold of opportunities before they pass you by.

Now, this Mt. Adams hiking opportunity is not passing me by.  I don’t know if my body can handle the altitude or if my ankle will survive the journey but I am going to try.  I’ll keep you posted on the progress!

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