How to be a Walker

1. Walk

2. Don’t buy shoes you aren’t willing to walk a mile in.

3. Don’t change clothes to walk. Go as you are.

4. Don’t drive to a park or trail, start walking from right where you are.

5. Take short walks, 10, 15, 20 minutes. Stop even if you are still full of energy. Leave yourself wanting more.

6. Go slow. What’s the hurry?

7. Walk anytime. Walk in the rain, snow, heat. Walk after dark.

8. Walk anywhere. Walk along busy streets, country roads, construction zones.

9. Get wet, muddy, cold.

10. Walk.

Dolly Sods Wilderness

Photos from a two-night backpacking trip to Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia in July 2015 with my friends Shannon and Keith. The pictures I took of Keith were taken on a rainy day and didn’t turn out well.   

Nervously gripping the rock.   
The spot where we began our hike was very muddy so I wore my Chaco sandals. I decided to keep my sandals on for the rest of the trip.  I normally keep the straps a little loose, but tighten them up when my feet get wet. After trudging through mud for a mile or so I tightened up the straps. On day three I noticed grit was getting trapped between the strap and the top of my foot and had given me an abrasion each foot. I think the next time my Chacos get muddy I’ll leave the straps loose. Hopefully that will prevent abrasions. 

To the Limit

I’m trying to watch a documentary called To the Limit. It’s about Thomas and Alexander Huber, two brothers who attempt to break the speed record for climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan following the Nose route.

My fear of heights while watching these guys causes my palms to sweat. I grip the arms of my chair and try not to look away. I’m writing this post to give my heart a chance to slow down.

Becoming the Iceman

Wim Hof (born 20 April 1959, in Sittard, Limburg) is a Dutch world record holder, adventurer and daredevil, commonly nicknamed the Iceman for his ability to withstand extreme coldness. He holds eighteen world records including a world record for longest ice bath. – Wikipedia