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My husband and I are travelling to Japan in July for a very belated honeymoon. When we first started planning the trip, I suggested we climb Mt Fuji. It seemed like an awesome fitness goal to work towards. The symbolism of it would be pretty massive. And the views from the summit look absolutely spectacular! Hubby was keen, and so I started to up my exercise about 4 weeks ago. Since early May, I have been regularly working out at the gym (Pump, Zumba Spin classes), and doing a moderately difficult 2-2.5 hour hike in the hills around Adelaide on the weekends. I had been feeling pretty good about the prospect of tackling this mammoth mountain until... I attempted to climb Mt Lofty last weekend. I really struggled for the first half hour (it is STEEP!), and psychologically I probably wasn't up for pushing through. After not very long, my thoughts started to loop - "If I am struggling to climb Mt Lofty, how the F%^& will I be able to Mt Fuji!?" In the end, my mind beat me - I lost my nerve, gave up and walked back down the mountain with my husband. I was absolutely shattered and cried most of the way home (45 minutes in the car). Anyway, after a bit of soul searching and thinking over the weekend - I decided that I probably wasn't ready to take on such a feat... Today I had an appointment with the GP who does my fills - I told him what had happened, and instead of agreeing with me, he VERY strongly suggested I do it. This surprised me - last month he strongly advised me to NOT attempt jogging. In his opinion I am still too heavy for such feats - BUT hiking? Sure thing! He was adamant that I would be able to achieve it provided I continue with my training etc. He went on about how people far younger and far older than I had walked up that mountain before me - he gave me a tonne of tips on training (he used to cycle somewhat professionally) and pushed me out the door thinking I could do it. I think I can do it. My fitness has improved infinitely since losing 23kg (I am about 105 kg now). My ankles don't hurt. I can find the time to train, train, train. I'll even push myself back up bloody Mt Lofty next weekend in order to get past the horrible experience that was last weekend. There is a part of me that is not sure though - and I was wondering if anyone else here has had any experience mountain hiking? What their prep was? Am I a little bit mad? Or deluded? I think it would be an awesome physical feat to accomplish - a massive NSV. It is probably also worth noting that I have two nights in a posh hotel (with hot springs and neighbouring wine regions) booked immediately after our proposed climb date. There will be time to recuperate... I also somewhat prematurely went shopping for the climb - I have new hiking boots, a head torch, a size 16 wind-proof, rain-proof shell jacket from Kathmandu (size 16!!)... So... thoughts?