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3/8/19 1:13 P

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1/29/19 2:28 P

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Happy hiking! Hiking is good for the body, mind and soul!



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1/12/19 10:35 P

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At 5:00 tomorrow morning, I'll be heading out to pick up a few MIT students and a trunk full of hiking gear. From there, we're headed up to the White Mountains for a day on the trails.



I'm all packed up and ready to go, and am SO EXCITED! I just need to fill my water bottles in the morning, and I will be good to go!



If ever there was a day to calorie restrict, tomorrow is not that day. I bought a big bag of trail mix, baked up a batch of peanut butter black bean brownies, and stashed a few other snacks in my hiking pack. Hiking burns a lot of calories even in the most agreeable of weather. With tomorrow's hike starting out at a balmy 3 degrees (F) (NOT taking wind chill into account), my body is definitely going to need some extra fuel to stay warm.

For now, I'm off to bed. I certainly need to rest up for tomorrow.



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1/9/19 12:09 P

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Yesterday was the first day of Winter School at MIT. The lecture went over a lot of basics. I knew a lot of what was covered, but there were a few tips here and there that I found to be helpful. Hopefully the future lectures will continue to be informative! I have my second lecture on Thursday, and I am very excited!



Winter School is not only lectures. There are also many trips that occur on the weekend. The trips are run by a lottery system. I unfortunately cannot make the Saturday trips due to conflicts with work, but I am able to do the Sunday trips!

This Sunday, I am climbing Mt Welch and Mt Dickey in New Hampshire with a group from the MIT Winter School. Unfortunately, I am a complete space cadet, and missed a note when signing up for the trip. Apparently, I need an ice axe, and will need it by Sunday morning! Thankfully, there is an REI not too far away from me. While I hate to shell out the money for it, I know that having an ice axe will be worth it.

As for working out, I didn't do a whole lot yesterday. I walked a few miles around Cambridge. After Winter School, I zipped over to Boston to go dancing with friends. I wasn't super active yesterday, but all in all I had a lovely night.

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1/7/19 5:28 P

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I hate making excuses for not working out, but I feel that today's excuse is valid.

I tried to go for a small hike, only to have my bad ankle start acting up. Not wanting to cause further injury, I turned back to the car.

Instead of hiking, I went to REI for some inspiration. REI is pretty expensive and I'm pretty broke, so all I bought was a sticker for my water bottle. When I'm a little better off financially, I may go back and buy a pair of trail running sneakers.



Given my ankle, I think I'm holding off on much walking or hiking for the next couple of days.

Tomorrow evening, I am starting the Winter School program at MIT. Winter School is an annual program run by a student group, the MIT Outing Club. It consists of trips and lectures, teaching skills for all sorts of outdoor activities in winter... hiking, fat tire biking, ice climbing, snowshoeing, and skiing. The MITOC also offers gear rental, which is great for if I want to try an activity without a huge investment. I'm so excited for Winter School!



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1/2/19 8:55 P

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Hiking today was an absolute success!

I didn't sleep well last night, so I snoozed a bit this morning. However, I was still able to hit the trails by 11:30am!

I did two small hikes today, totaling around 4 miles.

To choose my hikes, I just flipped to some random pages in my AMC Massachusetts Trail Guide.

The first hike was an easy peasy trek up Mount Lincoln in Pelham, MA. It was around 1.2 miles out and back, and took a little over 30 minutes. The trail followed a gravel road, and ended at the summit. The summit featured a rickety old fire tower (which I didn't attempt to scale, though I am sure the views would have been excellent!) The incline wasn't too bad, and the gravel road made for a speedy and near effortless hike. I didn't see another soul on the trail, and my car was the only one in the parking area. However, there was evidence of trail use by other folks... some tracks from dogs and horses along the path.



My second hike of the day was longer, totaling at 2.8 miles, but still pretty easy. I hiked Mount Grace in Warwick, MA. Once again, I hiked in complete solitude. No other cars at the trailhead and not a soul on the trails. The trail was inclined the entire way, but was not steep. There were a few icy patches along the trail, but were easy to circumnavigate. Even if they weren't, I came prepared with a set of microspikes tucked away in my hiking pack. Like Mount Lincoln, Mount Grace also featured a rickety old fire tower at the summit (which, once again, I did not attempt to scale.) The woods on Mount Grace were beautiful. Despite it being the dead of the New England winter, I was treated to a little patch of green along the way... some vibrant moss, fir trees, and wintergreen towards the trailhead.



Honestly, my mental health hasn't been too great as of late, but I feel like some time on the trails truly helped to improve how I feel. Hopefully I will continue to feel better in the morning. If not, my work schedule is flexible, so I may take tomorrow of Friday off as another trail day.



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1/1/19 10:46 P

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I'm hoping to chronicle everything as I head for a BIG goal!

I am hoping to do my first ever long distance hiking trip... the Long Trail in Vermont! The Long Trail runs the entire length of Vermont! 272 miles from the Canadian border to Massachusetts.

Is this ambitious? YES. But can I achieve it? YES. I will try for this summer, but if not, I will certainly do it in 2020.

I hope that this blog will help motivate me. I also hope it motivates others, and gives y'all some good tips and hiker wisdom.


For now, I am taking some steps to move forward with my goal.

Tomorrow, I will be spending the day hiking some small mountains in Massachusetts or southern New Hampshire.

Later this week I will be registering for some classes on winter hiking skills, and hopefully putting them to good use sometime soon!


I am also going to start budgeting better so I can save up for my trip. It's not that the trip itself will be expensive... I have free transportation to the trailheads (my father is very supportive, and will be driving me!) I already own all the backpacking gear I'll need, and my diet on the trail will be cheap. However, I'll be out of work for a month while I make this journey, and my rent and bills won't stop just because I'm trekking through the woods of Vermont.

As for the cheap diet... it's funny. A lot of non-hikers think that long distance hikers must eat very healthfully! After all, your body needs good fuel for the trails, right?

Well... here's the thing. Hiking burns a lot of calories. Long distance hikers burn thousands of extra calories per day on top of their base metabolic rate. Us hikers like to keep our pack weight as low as we can. Realistically, we're not going to want to carry 5,000+ calories worth of carrots on top of all our other gear (that's over 30 lbs of carrots!) Instead we choose calorie-dense foods. Protein bars/powders, ramen noodles, freeze-dried foods, nuts, peanut butter, jerky, chocolate, sweets... definitely not the healthiest diet, but realistically, that's how you've got to survive on the trails.

The budgeting will be difficult, but I think I can make it work. Pick up extra hours at work, don't go to clubs and concerts too often, and stop spending money of things I don't need.



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