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Heading to HLS!

August 17, 2012

Hey everyone! Guess what? I’m alive! Haha I was not eaten by any mountain lions (although there were some very noisy squirrels in the woods) and I made it to the summit and back down!
The whole trip took 9 hours including a half hour spent at the summit. It was SO HARD a little scary and pretty much awesome. The whole trip was 13.5 miles, with the last half mile to the summit being nothing but climbing over a giant steep pile of rocks… Almost got stuck but a hiker (the only one I saw on the way up!) showed me where I lost the “trail.”
I do have two regrets/lessons: 1) wear gloves. The first few hours I was either in the dark or in the shade of the mountain, my fingers were completely numb for hours. 2) wear sunscreen all over… My legs are horribly burnt. Like painful, I feel ill and want to sit in cold water burnt. I hope red legs look great in HLS photos! Oops.
Here are some photos from my trek!

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do you like hiking?

what are you up to this weekend?

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  1. August 17, 2012 8:27 am

    Great pictures!! Yes, I absolutely love hiking, though there aren’t many “real” mountains to hike up here in Illinois–mostly just small hills:) Still, there are some nice forests to hike through; one of my favorite is Starved Rock State Park. I don’t have any huge plans for this weekend; I will probably just be getting ready for the upcoming week, when my dance classes (and one of my 4 community college courses) begin. I got 2 of my wisdom teeth removed a few days ago, so I am still trying to recuperate from that:) I hope you have a great weekend!

  2. August 17, 2012 8:34 am

    Have fun at HLS! I wish that I were going!

  3. August 17, 2012 9:06 am

    That is one long hike! Your photos look great – thanks for sharing!
    As a fellow runner, it always surprises me that hiking such long distances sometimes wears me out more than running a similar distance. My friends and I figure it’s because we spend more overall time on our feet walking a certain distance than running it.

  4. August 17, 2012 9:21 am

    Did you do this solo? If so, congrats! We hike a ton of 14ers and other big treks here in Wyoming, but I haven’t even thought of venturing alone yet.

    • August 18, 2012 5:38 am

      Haha I did! I tend to be pretty independent so I just wanted to do it and not wait for another time when I’d have someone with me

  5. August 17, 2012 9:23 am

    Glad it went well! Have fun this weekend!!

  6. August 17, 2012 9:45 am

    YAY!!! NICE job! I do love hiking, but I love it more with my husband along with me πŸ˜‰

    Have fun at HLS!

  7. August 17, 2012 9:51 am

    Congratulations!! What an awesome accomplishment!

    Have SO much fun at HLS! I’m crazy jealous. I think I’m going to have to stay off Twitter and blogs all weekend so I don’t explode with envy haha. I wish I could’ve gone sooooooooo bad!

  8. August 17, 2012 9:56 am

    Have fun at HLS!!! I wish I could be there!

  9. August 17, 2012 10:09 am

    I love hiking but living in Chicago means I don’t get to do it very often. I’m hoping to take a trip to Colorado next year though to visit some friends and hopefully get in some hiking.

    Have fun at HLS!

  10. August 17, 2012 11:08 am

    Way to go on that hike!! I swear we will be in CO at the same time one day, and we can hike a 14er together πŸ™‚ Or maybe we can meet up in KC and walk on the trail and PRETEND it’s a 14er!

    Have fun at HLS!! I wish I was there!

  11. August 17, 2012 11:36 am

    That’s a seriously impressive hike! I enjoy hiking but I’ve never taken a trek like that by myself before.

    Have a great time at HLS! Definitely jealous of everyone going. πŸ™‚

  12. August 17, 2012 12:43 pm

    O my gosh, a little in awe of you right now! Well done. What gorgeous scenery. I like walking (not sure where the distinction between walking and hiking lies) a lot, but have never attempted anything this immense!

  13. Hannah R. permalink
    August 17, 2012 4:00 pm

    Wow!!! The pictures are gorgeous! And you are absolutely amazing for doing that hike, especially all by yourself. Way to go, that’s very cool and inspiring. You must have felt amazing once you were done!

  14. August 17, 2012 4:55 pm

    that hike looks amazing! congrats for finishing it – i have never really hiked and its always super impressive when people do.

    have an awesome time at hls, can’t wait to read all about it!

  15. August 17, 2012 6:20 pm

    That looks like an awesome hike! I am taking my daughter hiking this weekend. I’m torn because I love Shennandoah National Park but I just learned about Great Falls (McClean, VA) and it’s only an hour away and it’s supposed to have a spectacular view!

  16. August 17, 2012 8:05 pm

    Were you BY YOURSELF?!?!?! I hope someone was with youu! Have fun this weekend!

  17. August 18, 2012 11:18 am

    BEAUTIFUL pics from your hike! I loveee hiking tough trails!
    I hope you have a blast this weekend!
    xoxo!

  18. August 18, 2012 1:49 pm

    what gorgeous photos! wow what a hike!

  19. August 18, 2012 2:56 pm

    Well done, Katie! That looked like SO much fun! Let me know if you ever want to do it again πŸ™‚

  20. August 18, 2012 10:15 pm

    Just discovered your blog, I especially liked your one year post – it made it easy to catch up! Best of luck with your upcoming 3L year, I’m an attorney in NV so your 2L post was a flashback for me. πŸ™‚ Great photos!

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