Right now … it’s -12F in Indianapolis with a -36F wind chill. Right now … it’s -6F in Barrow Alaska. So, Indianapolis and parts of the midwest are colder than places north of the arctic circle.
Just to contrast these temperatures … right now it is 30F in Anchorage. The weather man says this is the coldest it’s been in Indianapolis since 1994.
It is extremely too cold (for me) to run outside. And Planet Fitness is closed today because of the weather. In fact, most everything in central Indiana is closed due to the weather! Even the factory I work at is closed … and that is only the second time in 35 years it has closed due to weather.
So, I’m sitting at home thinking about what to do … and my thoughts drift to my adventurous ideal to hike up Longs Peak. It’s been on my bucket list for a while now but circumstances have never allowed it to transpire. Maybe this is the year!
Long’s Peak is a 14,259′ mountain peak in the Rocky Mountain National Park. It is not a casual hike but an intense climb that takes over 12 hours to reach the summit and return. It is a 16 mile round trip hike that is not for the faint of heart as there are boulder fields to climb over and sheer cliffs to look down from and narrow ledges to navigate. Yet, many people do make it to the summit and maybe I’ll be one of those lucky ones.
I wouldn’t be able to make this trip until August, if at all. With about 7 months available to train and lose weight and get back in shape, maybe it can be an adventure for 2014.