On Sunday, Jordan had the day off, so he and I went hiking with my friend Skyler. I managed to convince him to hike a firetower that had been on my list for ages, Snowy Mountain. Located in Indian Lake, about a 2 hour drive North from us, it was labeled as one of the more challenging firetower hikes. This was perfect since we wanted to hike something challenging that wouldn’t take 10 hours. We got to the trailhead on the later side, around 11:15, and started hiking at 11:30.
The trail starts out very flat and continues along the Beaver Brook, making it an enjoyable hike. After about 2.5 miles the trail starts to climb steeply. It was wet, muddy, and reminiscent of many high peaks that I’ve hiked. Snowy misses the mark as a high peak, as it stands slightly under 4,000 feet of elevation.
The firetower is open, so you have the option to climb to the top for an exquisite view!
We found a nice rocky ledge to have our lunch on not far from the tower.
It had taken 2 hrs and 30 minutes to climb the 4 miles to the top. The last mile is very steep! It had been easier than I was expecting, though.
Snowy Mountain Firetower
Distance 8.1 mi RT
Time 6 hrs, including stops
Ascent 2,182 feet
I have not fallen off the face of the Earth. However, many things have happened in the past month since I’ve posted:
-I got a new job as an entry level dietitian (registration eligible!) at a long term care facility!
-I’m studying for the RD exam!
-I stayed at the Johns Brook Lodge and hiked Mount Haystack for the 2nd time on the Fourth of July
-I went to Norway for a 10 days (!)
-I hiked Algonquin for the 2nd time
-I hiked with 2 good friends for their 46er finish on Big Slide!
We had a beautiful day in the high peaks for my friends’ Jenna and Marget’s 46ers finish. Big Slide is such an awesome peak to finish on! It was my third time climbing it. We snagged the last spot in the Garden (luckily!) and started climbing!
There are such great views of the Great Range from the Brothers.
Woohoo! So proud!
Welcome to the club, Jenna and Margaret! From 46r #10007. 😀
Distance 7.7 mi RT
Ascent 3,087 ft
Total time 6 hrs, including stops
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Yesterday Skyler and I wanted to hike something big. Originally we were going to hike part of the Dix Range, but with some rain the AM forecast, I didn’t want to hike up the Macomb Slide, so we changed our plan to Sawteeth from the Ausable Club. I first hiked Sawteeth back in December 2013 with Jona, so it had been a while since I’ve been on this high peak. We pulled into the lot a little before 7am and were on Lake Road by 7:15AM. It was drizzling the entire walk in, thankfully we both had our rain gear!
As soon as we hit the bridge at Ausable Lake, the rain stopped and the sky began to clear. We hiked up the trail to Gothics/Sawteeth until reaching the junction at 9:50AM.
30 minutes later, we were at the summit! I forgot how steep this trail was!
There are nice views of the Great Range from Sawteeth. It turned out to be such a lovely day!
The hike out went by fast. We were back at lake road by 1pm and decided to hike to Indian Head on the way out. The views up here are spectacular! We got to Indian Head at 1:30, staying up there for about 20 minutes to have a snack and rest our legs.
I never get sick of this view.
Going down back to the road took a little under 30 minutes. Now we just had a four mile road walk and our feet were finally feeling the mileage. We got back to the car a little after 3:30pm where a cold beer awaited. It was another great day in the mountains.
Sawteeth and Indian Head
Distance 15.2 mi RT
Time 8 hrs, 45 minutes including stops
I came across this great post yesterday written by Australian Sports Dietitian, Dietitian without Borders, entitled “Do You Need Protein Supplements?” – I tend to share posts like these on social media because they align with my views on supplement use. Overall I think most athletes and those that are active in “gym culture” tend to over-consume supplements–specifically protein supplements. There are so many products available these days, it’s overwhelming and mostly unnecessary, not to mention a waste of money, since many of these products claiming health benefits are way overpriced. The bottom line is that unless you have a hard time getting protein from actual food sources, you don’t really need supplements as long as you eat a varied, balanced diet. Another great article: “What Protein to Eat–And How”, is about protein sources for athletes written by a Dietitian for Outside Magazine. An article in Today’s Dietitian magazine called Ergogenic Aids — Competitive Edge or Hidden Danger? breaks down popular supplements such as whey protein, creatine, branched-chain amino acids (or BCAAs), and carnitine. As athletes, we want to fuel our body the best way possible and the best way we can do that is by eating a variety of nutritious, whole foods.
If you love your protein shakes, but want to try a whole-foods alternative, ditch the protein powder and add Greek yogurt. With nearly 20 grams of protein in 1 cup, it provides the protein necessary to build and repair muscle after intense exercise.
This smoothie is a nutritious alternative to a a protein shake made with your typical protein powder. Not only are you getting about 12 grams of protein as well as calcium from the Greek yogurt, you’ll get additional vitamins and minerals from the fruit. Mango is loaded with Vitamins C and A, while blueberries are loaded with antioxidants. Tart cherry juice, also high in the antioxidant known as anthocyanin (which give fruits like cherries their dark red color), is also shown to improve exercise recovery! Additionally, mangoes and blueberries contain fiber that promotes healthy digestion.
Disclaimer: I’m a Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice Ambassador! Tart cherry juice has been a staple of my diet for the past five years -I love it! Not only does it taste good, research shows that it actually does help improve exercise recovery. In fact, I wrote an entire research paper on it last year for my Food Science class.