Here is another summit for which I had no photos so I had to go back and repeat the scramble.
This mountain is very accessible from Calgary by way of the Kananaskis Highway. The trail head is just a short 10 minute drive from the trans-Canada highway so don’t hesitate to check this one out.
Just one note though. Be careful of where you park. Some vehicles are parked near a rock wall that is popular with sport climbers. The trailhead parking is at the bottom of the hill just beyond the small rocky pass the highway goes through.
What is a subdural hematoma on a thigh?
That translates to OUCH MY LEG!!!
Go at a pace that is comfortable and not let your competitive spirit get you into trouble. Just ignore others if they comment on your speed. They can just wait!
On another trip to this mountain one individual decided the steep trail was way way out of her league after just 5 minutes of climbing. There is no doubt that going up a mountain, any mountain, is a lot of work for the legs. Soft legs will burn quickly.
However if you want to loose weight scrambling is far superior to just about anything. You’ll firm up so fast it’ll make your head spin. I lost 35 lbs or more in just one month of scrambling with an average of one scramble every three days. One pound of fat is 4000 kcal. That multiplies out to 40000 kcal or about 560 cliff bars. I’ll have to double check the math but I think that is correct.
After that month, I was addicted. I started to like the way I felt and wanted more. Then I became a vegetarian. Then I started to feel weird. I was having flashes of adrenalin when I would think about certain things. It’s like I was hyper-sensitized. That didn’t last long though, only a week or two. I don’t know what happened to me and I still remember that time. Thinking about it is strange. It was like another world.
I should devote a page to conditioning some time but for now I will include a short list of things you can do to build strong legs and stamina.
Help your legs..
- ride a mountain bike hard for 3days x 20k = 60k per week. Half the weeks (26) would equal 1560k/year.
- start with small mountain and work your way up slowly at first to larger goals.
- get sufficient protein and perhaps take a joint supplements like calcium/magnesium, glucosamine sulfate, Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM) and Devils Claw.
- let your legs recuperate, don’t be to quick to go back. Re-hydrate and eat carbohydrates to aid in muscle recuperation or just drink milk. It takes several years of training to get where it’s totally comfortable to do these peaks.
- Low carbohydrate diets are all the rage, primarily because of their popularity with marketers.
- ladies take it easy if you have knee problems. Cycle and weight train first.
- go to the gym and do your squats and other leg strengthening exercises with the help of a trainer.
- descend carefully. Don’t run down for any more that a few hundred meters until your legs are use to it. This usually requires a few recuperations until you are ready to try running all the way down a short mountain like Prairie Mountain.
I hope that helps.
The photos on this page are from a trip that did not see me make it to the summit, however the photos are sufficient to construct a fake page I believe.
It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less with baldness.
Marcus T. Cicero
c. 106-43 BC, Great Roman Orator, Politician