Friday, October 2, 2015


The roundtrip hike up to the summit of Half Dome began at 6:15AM.
The summit was reached at 11:30AM.
The hiking group returned to the origin point approximately 6:30PM.
The length of the hike was approximately 20+ miles.
The fitbit recorded that we climbed the equivalent of 563 flights of stairs.
It was cold.
It was hot.
There was sunshine.
There was rain.
There (apparently) was (a thin layer of) ice on the final ascent which we managed to avoid.
There were a number of wardrobe changes.
There was anxiety about a bad weather report promising 100% chance of rain.
There was great joy as the rain held off almost completely until we reached the summit.
There was a carefree attitude walking in rain after making summit.
There was exuberance when the sun came out and blue skies appeared for a while.
This was an epic day.

Today is a day to post pictures....lots of pictures.... I will have lots to say about this hike in the coming days.... Right now it is sleepy time!

It has been months and months since I have stuffed this many calories into my system.  On the other hand, it has likely been never since I have burned so many calories in a single day.  The body does need fuel.
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breakfast   two hard-boiled eggs, two large Gala apples                    416 calories
lunch        almonds, mango slices, four oranges, date pieces,
                 raw pumpkin seeds, Kale Crunch                                    2656 calories
(This was not really lunch - it was more of a non-stop eating (fueling) situation.
dinner      FISH TACOS (MEXICAN RESTAURANT)                     629 calories
SNACK   Le Noir Chocolate Bar, Firecracker Dark Chocolate,
                 three CLIFF BARS                                                          1260 calories

total calories consumed 4961 calories                                                              
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20 mile hike, nearly 5000 feet increase in elevation... 7240 calories
(This is what the fitbit suggested... who am I to argue?)

THURSday net calories 2279 calorie DEFECIT!

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fitbit day 29
54101 steps
563 floors
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