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WMS 2012

Just finished packing all my gear and food for my five night trip up in the Adirondacks with ADK’s Winter School.  I’ll be attending the Advanced Backpack section.  We’ll be spending five nights in the Seward range and planning several climbs during this time.  I spent a good deal of time on my food for this trip and finally was able to get it all together and keep things 100% paleo.  I’ll be surviving on the following:  pemican, beef jerky, chicken jerky, paleo trailmix, laura bars, various dried fruit paleo krunch, and macadamia nuts. It all adds up to about 5000 calories per day.  I haven’t been counting my calories lately but I think this will serve for a week in the backcountry during cold weather.  I’m well over the standard for 2lbs of food per day and am close to 3.5 lbs but I’ll deal with the extra weight to keep things paleo.  Due to my lack of planning ahead on the food setup I’ll be eating all “cold” meals and not cooking anything.   I prefer this myself as it makes things easier and less prep time. I’m not sure how this will go over with the instructors so I’ll have a bit of backup food (non paleo though) if they are concerned about what I’ve brought during our gear check. I’ve got plenty of herbal teas so I’ll be getting plenty of warmth from drinking them.

The weather isn’t looking that great for the next week,  it looks like it’ll be quite warm.  Last year when I attended Winter School 2011 we had extremely cold temperatures in the -30F range, it was pretty bad ass to have experienced that and I wouldn’t mind that again.  This year the low for all of next week right now is one day of 5 degrees but the rest of the week is in the high teens and twenties as the low. Hopefully it’ll stay cold and we’ll get some actual snow and NO RAIN.  It’ll be plenty icy right now if the reports are accurate from this week.   Either way I’m sure I’ll have a great time and I’ll post a report once I get back.

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“Karen”

Started the day off with Karen which consists of 150 wall balls for time.  Nice and simple sounding right?  My strategy was 25 at a time that way I wouldn’t lose count and could have a quick break to catch my breath. I felt pretty good my legs held up better than I thought they would but my shoulders tired out quickly.  I need to work on just about anything overhead it’s definitely one of my sucks.  I finished with a time of 9 minutes even.  I feel like I could have done a bit better and am looking forward to this WOD again to prove it.  After Karen we did three sets of max pullups with three minutes rest in between each set.  I decided not to scale and do pullups.  I was able to get six each round.  Considering I wasn’t able to do one pullup four months ago I’ll take it for now.

 

Food log for the day:

PWO:

Breakfast

  • Pemican Bar
  • 1 Orange
  • Handfull of macadamia nuts
  • 1 tbs of SO3 Super Omega-3 Oil

Lunch

  • Salad bowl at Moe’s  – Chicken, Salsa, guacamole, Bacon, Cucumbers, jalapenos, Olives

Snack

  • Lara Bar
  • Handfull of macadamia nuts

Dinner

  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Broccoli in olive oil
  • 6 Slices of Bacon

Before Bed

  • Maximus protein shake
  • Handful macadamia nuts

Hydration for the day consumed about 6 liters of water

Wright and Algonquin

On Saturday we climbed Wright and Algonquin.  The drive up took a bit longer than usual due to the snow so we got a bit of a late start around 10AM.  It was around 5 degrees when we left the trailhead. I felt a bit sore from this week’s WODs but it was manageable.  It took just over an hour and a half to get to the Wright/Algonquin junction.

From there we decided to climb Wright first.  Once up above treeline on Wright it was VERY icy.  I didn’t have much of a problem with my crampons but Vicki’s microspikes didnt grip as well so we had to move quite slowly.  Once at the summit it was quite cloudy but we snapped a few pictures and headed down to the junction.  We decided to skip Iroquois at this point due to the time. It’s not advisable to be above treeline this time of year after dark.

After a short break at the junction and a snack we headed up Algonquin.  The trail up Algonquin was great and very packed down so we didn’t need snowshoes at all. We suited up once at the treeline in goretex and down to maintain our warmth. By this point the sun had come out but it was still pretty cold and windy.

All suited up on Algonquin's summit

On our way to the summit we stopped to recreate a picture similar to one I had taken last year while attending the ADK Winter School 2011 where on Algonquin we found someone had written Nepal 2011 in the snow on the side of a small cliff.

January 2011 on Algonquin

For my Denali climb I put Denali 12 and we snapped a few pictures.

January 2012 on Algonquin

From there we went on to the summit and spent some time and took some pictures.  We were both quite warm and thankful for the extra layers.  After spending some time we headed down.

The hike out went quickly and we both felt pretty good.  We were pushing it on the daylight in the last mile or so but being as stubborn as I am I decided to race the daylight and refused to put on my headlamp, thinking of the Seinfeld driving on an empty gas tank episode the entire time.  We made it the whole way out without using the headlamps but had to turn one on to sign out at the register.  Once back it the car the temperature read all of 4 degrees. I didn’t even realize it was that cold at that point, I think I’m starting to get numb to the cold at this point.  Hopefully that’ll carry with me on Denali in May because I have a feeling I’m going to need all the help with the cold I can get there.

Sunday will be a rest day and I’ll be back to CCP for the 5:45AM Wod on Monday.  This week I’ll be getting my gear/food ready for ADKs 2012 Winter School Advanced Section that I will be attending from Saturday to Thursday.  I’ll be doing quite a bit of packing and organizing trying to figure out the best mix of gear to bring not to mention my food. I’m hoping to be able to keep everything paleo during this trip but I have a bit of planning to do in order to accomplish that.

Saturday 1/21:

Breakfast

  • 6 Eggs cooked in 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 6 Slices Bacon
  • 3 Cups of Spinach
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Orange

Lunch/Snacks throughout the day

  • Laura Bars
  • Large Bag of trailmix
  • Pemican Bar

Post Hike:

Dinner

  • Eggs cooked in 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 6 Slices Bacon
  • 3 Cups of Spinach

Hydration for the day consumed about 7 liters of water

Sunday 1/22:

Breakfast

  • 6 Eggs cooked in 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 6 Slices Bacon
  • 3 Cups of Spinach
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 2 Oranges

Lunch/Snacks throughout the day

  • Large Bag of trailmix

Dinner

  • Maximus protein shake
  • Handful macadamia nuts
  • 1 tbs of SO3 Super Omega-3 Oil

Hydration for the day consumed about 4 liters of water

Finally back to a week of WODs

Finally made it in for several WODs and got my ass properly kicked this week all with no back injuries as well.  I felt pretty good this week and it was great to be back at it, even if I took it easy on the deadlifts just to be safe.  Thursday’s WOD hit me pretty hard and left me walking funny all day on Friday it consisted of the following:

My legs felt pretty good right after the WOD but by the end of the day they were pretty beat up and I was loving it in my sick way.   I limped though Friday loving the feeling of a few good workouts again.

Food was clean this week but the amounts were a bit off and I should have eaten a bit more.

Monday 1/16:

Breakfast

  • 6 Hard boiled Eggs
  • 6 Slices Bacon
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 tbs of SO3 Super Omega-3 Oil

Lunch

  • Salad with, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cranberries, avocado, Walnuts, 4 Chicken Sausages, Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

Dinner

  • 2 Turkey Burgers
  • Broccoli in olive oil

Snack

  • Maximus protein shake
  • Handful macadamia nuts
  • 1 tbs of SO3 Super Omega-3 Oil

Hydration for the day consumed about 5 liters of water

Tuesday 1/17:

PWO:

Breakfast

  • 6 Hard boiled Eggs
  • 6 Slices Bacon
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 tbs of SO3 Super Omega-3 Oil

Lunch

  • Cobb salad with grilled chicken, avocado, hard-boiled eggs oil and vinegar

Dinner

  • 2 Turkey Burgers
  • Broccoli in olive oil

Snack

  • Maximus protein shake
  • Handful macadamia nuts
  • 1 tbs of SO3 Super Omega-3 Oil

Hydration for the day consumed about 5 liters of water

Wednesday 1/18:

PWO:

Breakfast

  • 6 Hard boiled Eggs
  • 6 Slices Bacon
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 tbs of SO3 Super Omega-3 Oil

Lunch

  • Salad with, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cranberries, avocado, Walnuts, 4 Chicken Sausages, Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

Dinner

  • Maximus protein shake
  • Handful macadamia nuts
  • 1 tbs of SO3 Super Omega-3 Oil

Hydration for the day consumed about 5 liters of water

Thursday 1/19:

PWO:

Breakfast

  • 6 Eggs cooked in 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 6 Slices Bacon
  • 3 Cups of Spinach
  • 1 Orange

Lunch

  • Salad with, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cranberries, avocado, Walnuts, 4 Chicken Sausages, Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

Dinner

  • Chicken Jerky
  • Broccoli in olive oil

Snack

  • Maximus protein shake
  • Handful macadamia nuts
  • 1 tbs of SO3 Super Omega-3 Oil

Hydration for the day consumed about 5 liters of water

Friday 1/20:

Breakfast

  • 6 Eggs cooked in 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 6 Slices Bacon
  • 3 Cups of Spinach
  • 1 Orange

Lunch

  • Salad with, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cranberries, avocado, Walnuts, 4 Chicken Sausages, Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

Dinner

  • Pemican Bar
  • Broccoli in olive oil

Snack

  • Maximus protein shake
  • Handful macadamia nuts
  • 1 tbs of SO3 Super Omega-3 Oil

Hydration for the day consumed about 6 liters of water

Ice Climbing weekend in New Hampshire

It was so cold I had to climb in my Feathered Friends Icefall jacket

After a loooong 7 hour drive out to New Hampshire though the wonderful state of Vermont which apparently does not have snowplows or at least believe in using them, I spent the weekend with a group of friends taking a 2 day course in various ice climbing techniques.  I’d never ice climbed before and I’m hooked and cant wait to go again!  Of course we picked the coldest weekend of the winter so far and I don’t think we ever made it out of single digit temperatures all weekend.  It was -17 F when we started on Sunday morning, awesome training for Denali on what works and doesn’t work in temperatures like that.

I was able to climb without further injury to my back and felt great all weekend. I’m really glad I took the week off to recover.   My diet suffered a bit this weekend in the fact that I wasn’t able to eat enough food.  I kept it all 100% paleo but it’s quite difficult to get that much food in you when it hurts to even take your mittens off!  I’m going to have to work even harder to figure out some cold weather friendly foods in order to eat enough when I’m out there doing these kinds of things especially on my upcoming 5 day overnight in the Adirondacks.

Friday 1/13:

Breakfast

  •  6 Eggs cooked in 1 tbs coconut oil
  •  6 Slices Bacon
  •  3 Cups of Spinach
  •  1 Orange
  •  1 Cup Blueberries
  •  1 tbs of SO3 Super Omega-3 Oil

Lunch

  • Salad with, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cranberries, avocado, Walnuts, 4 Chicken Sausages, Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

Snack

  • Laura Bar
  • Handful  macadamia nuts
  • Chicken Jerky

Dinner

  • 8 Chicken breakfast sausages
  • Broccoli in olive oil
  • Asparagus in olive oil

Hydration for the day consumed about 6 liters of water

Saturday 1/14:

Breakfast

  • 6 Eggs cooked in 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 6 Slices Bacon
  • 3 Cups of Spinach
  • 1 Orange

Lunch/Snacks throughout the day

  • 2 Laura Bars
  • Large Bag of trailmix
  • Pemican Bar
  • Chicken Jerky

Dinner

  • Prime Rib
  • Broccoli in olive oil

Hydration for the day consumed about 4 liters of water

Sunday 1/14:

Breakfast

  • 6 Eggs cooked in 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 6 Slices Bacon
  • 3 Cups of Spinach
  • 1 Orange

Lunch/Snacks/Dinner throughout the day

  •  Laura Bar
  •  Large Bag of trailmix
  •  Pemican Bar

Dinner

  • Maximus protein shake
  • Handful macadamia nuts
  • 1 tbs of SO3 Super Omega-3 Oil

Hydration for the day consumed about 5 liters of water

Sunday – Rest day

Still not feeling great today so I decided not to push it and go hiking and take another rest day.   I took it easy all day, maintained my food intake and stocked up on food for the week.   I’m feeling pretty sore from Fran yesterday it seems to have really kicked my ass, I didn’t think it would hit me that hard but I’m definitely feeling it, its nice to be sore again. I don’t feel guilty now for taking another rest day.  Plan is to be back at CCP tomorrow AM for the 5:45 WOD.

Food log for the day:

Breakfast

  • 6 Eggs w/ coconut milk cooked in 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 6 Slices Bacon
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 tbs of SO3 Super Omega-3 Oil

Lunch

  • Salad with, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cranberries, avocado, Walnuts, 3 Chicken Sausages, Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

Snack

  • Maximus protein shake
  • Handful almonds & macadamia nuts

Dinner

  • Chicken Breast
  • Brussel Sprouts

Snack

  • Maximus protein shake
  • Handful almonds & macadamia nuts
  • 1 tbs of SO3 Super Omega-3 Oil

Hydration for the day consumed about 5 liters of water

Mt. Marcy 5,344 feet

Started off this morning from the trailhead at 8:45 with a light cover of snow from the night before.  It soon turned into a steady snow, much nicer than the rain from two days before on our way up Colden.  The climb up Marcy the highest point in NY is about 15 miles round trip and 3300 feet of elevation gain.  Another shorter hike but for the third day it a row we decided to take it easy.  As we ascended the snow grew steadier and deeper.  We passed several groups on the way up most using microspikes but one larger group using HUGE snowshoes… a bit overkill for a foot of snow but to each his own.

We stopped at the Phelps trail junction for a quick snack and to suit up into our full gear for above treeline.  It was quite windy by this point and I knew that any exposed skin would be frostbitten very quickly.  I decided not to put on my facemask and to go with a neck gaiter instead figuring it was still pretty warm and I’d be ok with it, plus my glacier glasses would fog up less this way.  To help with my ALWAYS cold hands I donned my brand new G2 Prairie Snowstorm Mitts  to try them out and we set off.

 

After several minutes above treeline it became apparent I should have donned my facemask but being a stubborn as I was I just turned my head away from the strong winds almost blowing me over and pressed up.  By this point we had passed everyone else attempting Marcy including a group of two from Brooklyn wearing sweatpants yes sweatpants.  I lead the way up searching for the next cairn barely able to make it out with the near complete whiteout and strong winds.  I went from cairn to cairn like this for about 1/2 an hour loving every second of it and wishing there was further to go like this but it ended soon enough when we reached the summit marker.

Sideways on Marcy's Summit

After summiting we started down almost right away, between the winds and blowing ice chunks it wasn’t a good place to hang out for any length of time.  Once we were down below treeline we met up with the sweatpants guys who had decided to turn around soon after we passed them. We chatted for a bit and I gave them some advice on what they may need next time in order to summit safely starting with no cotton 🙂  After that we started the 7 mile trek back to the car, it was fairly uneventful except for my left foot really started to hurt the last mile or so.  I’ll blame it on my lack of fish oil after three days of hiking as I’d never had this happen before on such a short hike but after a few minutes sitting down back at the lodge before the drive home it felt almost normal again.  All in all a great day and a reminder as to why I love winter above treeline so much.

Food log for the day:

Breakfast

  • 2 Three egg omelets with bacon and broccoli
  • Fruit plate  of oranges, melon, blueberries and grapes

Trail food

  • LARGE bag of trail mix (Almonds, macadamia nuts, pistachios, raisins, dates, dried mango, dried cherries, dried cranberries, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)

Post Hike

Dinner

  • Chicken sausage & broccoli with olive oil

Before Bed

Hydration consumed about 6 liters of water (3 on hike)