There’s something about hiking in the woods, or especially in the mountains, that eases my mind, that makes me feel like I’m a million miles away from all responsibility. My senses open to the scent of the pine needles, the sound of the birds chirping, and the rustle of the leaves as the wind sweeps through the trees. As my muscles work to carry a heavy load and climb hills, my worries melt away.
My last major international hiking trip was to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2007 — it’s time to plan another one. And since my ultimate goal is to be an adventure/travel photographer, it’s time to get in shape and be ready for anything. I set a goal with Personal Trainer, Ryan Toshner, at TNT, to carry a 50 pound pack for one hour by the end of the Commit2Fit challenge — which is this week. Now, I’ve been carrying my 25 pound camera bag around for short jaunts, and have been feeling the pain my shoulders, so being able to carry a 50 pound pack again is going to take some discipline and training.