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The column that was a year in the making

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2013

I have been waiting a whole year to write about this column’s topic.

With the cold days behind us and the days getting warmer, now is the perfect time to plan those longer hikes. Over the years I have visited places and thought, “I really should come back when it is cooler.” There are some places that shouldn’t be attempted in summer when it is too hot to enjoy. I have written before of the dangers of dehydration and over exertion while hiking in summer. I put off writing about my big adventure last spring because, by the time I had gotten back, the next column would have been in June and the beginning of the hot days.

Last spring I joined a group of very adventurous ladies that like to take off for a week and hike new and interesting places. The group carpooled but I felt compelled to drive my own car. These ladies were in much better shape and had more experience than me and if something went wrong I would be able to return home and not impede the group. I know my limitations and I have problems with elevation gains and steep up and downs.

For the complete article see the 03-20-2013 issue.

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