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    Woody's Quest for the Seven

    New journal for the next chapter.

    My goal:

    To complete the Seven Summits Challenge and stand on top of the highest peak on each continent of the world.

    1- Kilimanjaro (Africa)
    2- Mt Elbrus (Europe)
    3- Aconcagua (South America)
    4- Carstenz Pyramid (Oceania)
    5- Mt Vinson (Antarctica)
    6- Mt Denali (North America)
    7- Mt Everest (Asia)

    This will not be a typical training journal, nor will this be accomplished in record time. I intend to train for 14+ months and begin in winter of 2021. By summiting one peak per year, I can finish before I turn 50.

    Training workouts may not be logged religiously, however any training climbs/ hikes/ expeditions will be posted with pictures and videos. training will involve endurance training with weights, cardio, and varying length hikes in the White Mountains. The mountains here are not as nearly as high as anything on the list, however the trails are rugged and the weather is unpredictable even in summer. (Mt Washington long held the world record for wind speed until a higher speed was record in a typhoon a few years back).

    Training will also vary depending on the next peak in line, as some require a different skill set.

    Training goals for the next year:
    -(weekly weight training- endurance > strength)
    -(weekly cardio training)
    -climb 1500+ vertical feet per hour (currently average 1200) with 50 pound backpack
    -complete mountaineering course in the Whites, including an overnight and a winter summit of Mt Washington
    -Complete back to back 10+ mile hiking days with 4000+ feet of elevation gain each day
    -complete back to back 15+ mile hiking days with 4000+ feet of elevation gain each day
    -Summer 2020 mountaineering course in Washington including summit of Mt Rainier

    Jan-March 2021: Climb Mt Kilimanjaro (exact date TBD)
    PRs: Back Squat- 410x1 / Front Squat- 320x1/ Bench- 325x1 / Deadlift- 505x1

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    Training hike:
    Franconia Ridge Traverse (New Hampshire)
    8.7 miles, summited 3 peaks, Mt Lafayette, Mt Lincoln and Little Haystack. 1.7 miles of exposed walking along the open ridge up top.

    Ascent: 4.0 miles, 3550'. completed in 2:52, 1224 vertical feet per hour. No rest stops other than 2-3 brief stops to add or remove coat due to temperature.

    beautiful fall day, autumn colors everywhere. the ascent was under morning cloud cover, however things cleared nicely on the ridge.





    (for training hikes I will mostly be focusing on data for the ascent time)
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    This looks incredibly ambitions. You crushed it lifting back in the day so I have no doubt you will also accomplish this list of hikes as well.
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    Originally Posted by HunterMC6 View Post


    This looks incredibly ambitions. You crushed it lifting back in the day so I have no doubt you will also accomplish this list of hikes as well.
    Great to have you onboard! Definitely ambitious goal, but I like to think I gave myself plenty of time to accomplish. (and come up with the money- some of those expeditions are going to be expensive as hell)

    Planning on a training climb this weekend if the weather window holds. I just purchased a sweet headlamp for trekking in the dark. I'm planning on an early start to try out the new headlamp. Good practice- most summit days on the big mountains start hours before dawn.
    The one I have planned is 10 miles, lots of open ledge traversing. If I motivate I can watch sunrise from the summit.

    Working on a website for this project, hoping to maybe pickup a sponsor or two a little further down the road.
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    Smashed a 9.6 mile climb Saturday. First 1.5 hours in the dark just using a headlamp. That was a new experience being alone in the woods like that.
    Not the craziest elevation gain on this one, but lots of rugged ledges made for slow going (plus it had rained the night before so it was slippery as hell).
    Views were incredible- sunrise, autumn leaves, crystal clear air.
    The whole loop took me 6 hours, not bad considering how slow going the steep areas were due to less than favorable conditions (plus hiking in the dark is a tad slower).

    Legs were a little tired the day after but not nearly as sore as usual for the day after a long one. My conditioning is definitely improving!

    The taller peaks in NH have a fair amount of snow cover now, so the next climb is going to be in winter gear with spikes / traction.

    PRs: Back Squat- 410x1 / Front Squat- 320x1/ Bench- 325x1 / Deadlift- 505x1

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    Epic climb yesterday! Clear blue skies for miles!
    This one clocked in at 8.9 miles and hit 2 summits, both over 4000’ elevation. Did the whole thing in 6.25 hours with breaks on both peaks to take pictures and snack.

    I started about 90 min before sunrise and trekked most of the way up the first peak with a headlamp. Cold as FUUU. Above 3000’, the trail got icy. I carry some micro spikes in my Pack that strap right to your boot and are phenomenal for traction on the ice.

    It’s a pretty sweet adrenaline rush scaling a steep ledge covered in ice with a substantial drop off right below you.

    Hit the first summit shortly after sunrise then trekked down through the col to the second (higher) of the 2 peaks. It was a 3 state view, you could see Vermont to the west and Maine to the East. Absolutely incredible.

    Conditioning is continuing to improve, only minimal soreness in the legs this morning. It’s hard to use speed as a factor right now as the conditions on the trail are starting to get winter-like.

    Great trial run for a bunch of new gear I just bought- new 70L backpack, lots of winter clothes. Trying to find the right layering system to stay warm and not get drenched with sweat. Trial and error!

    PRs: Back Squat- 410x1 / Front Squat- 320x1/ Bench- 325x1 / Deadlift- 505x1

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    Hoe Lee PHUCK woody....

    Was not expecting...

    Now THIS is new and exciting! I'm in fosho!

    Have you taken any wilderness survival courses? Know how to make the bow and create a fire? I'm sure you do, just wanna know the details of your planning. This is one of the craziest goals I've seen on here. 5 staring the thread now.

    Edit- Dude wtf mind = blown at this its still sinking in, are you for real about this? I remember hitting 13k miles high in Peru and crawling to camp the last few hundred yards because of altitude sickness. Then slept for 12+ hours strait blackout mode....woke up much better to hit 15k, that's the highest I've been and if I tried that in the shape I'm in now I would barely make it if not die.

    Finally a good thread on this website!!!!!
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    Originally Posted by dopamine72 View Post
    Hoe Lee PHUCK woody....

    Was not expecting...

    Now THIS is new and exciting! I'm in fosho!

    Have you taken any wilderness survival courses? Know how to make the bow and create a fire? I'm sure you do, just wanna know the details of your planning. This is one of the craziest goals I've seen on here. 5 staring the thread now.

    Edit- Dude wtf mind = blown at this its still sinking in, are you for real about this? I remember hitting 13k miles high in Peru and crawling to camp the last few hundred yards because of altitude sickness. Then slept for 12+ hours strait blackout mode....woke up much better to hit 15k, that's the highest I've been and if I tried that in the shape I'm in now I would barely make it if not die.

    Finally a good thread on this website!!!!!
    Awesome to have you here my man!

    Altitude is no joke, that's why all of these expeditions take so long- your body needs that time to acclimatize. That must have been awesome hiking in South America! I'm really looking forward to climbing Aconcagua down there. Highest peak in the world outside of the Himalayas!

    The first mountaineering course I'm planning this winter will involve overnight(s) on the mountain and winter camping skills. I intend to take advanced courses (mountaineering, avalanche rescue etc) further down the road. Honestly it's going to be a few years before I'm into the more technical climbs.
    The first few will just require basic skills, conditioning and altitude will be the biggest factors.

    When the longer, colder & more technical climbs come around, I'll have had plenty of training expeditions to hone my skills and take extra courses as needed. I don't want to show up to Denali or Everest a complete rookie chump like some of these fools do.
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    ^ Don't think I've ever been more exhausted or tired in my life than when I experience altitude sickness lol
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    Full on winter conditions climb yesterday!
    8.8 mile round trip, 3200 elevation gain (summit had elevation of 4675’). Completed in 5:45

    Even the trailhead parking lot had snow cover so I wore spikes the entire trip. Most of the trail was packed down well, but there were some decent drifts above 4000’, along with plenty of ice.
    This was the maiden voyage for my new winter hiking boots (Oboz Bridger 8s) and they kicked ass. Feet stayed dry and warm the whole route, even when kicking my way through snow drifts.

    Brutal cold above tree line: single digit temps and crazy wind chill that dropped it to -40°F.
    Views were incredible but it was too cold to hang around for long.

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