It’s been a long time since my last post, but Cindy and I are still traveling in our RV and have no intention of quitting anytime soon. In my next post, I’ll bring you up to date on where we’ve been over the past 6 months but first I want to tell you about my latest adventure.
Cindy and I are once again volunteering with Yellowstone Forever in Yellowstone National Park. We arrived in mid-May and will be leaving on October 1st. I’ve joined the 100 mile hiking challenge again this summer and have completed about 90 miles to date with 3 weeks to go. My last hike was to the top of Avalanche Peak, a hike that’s been on my Yellowstone bucket list for a number of years.
This hike is brutal. It’s about 6 miles round trip and climbs 2,100 feet to an elevation of 10,529 feet. The average grade is 16% (9 degrees) and the maximum grade is 46% (25 degrees).
The trail is in a remote area of the park that sees few visitors. The first half of the trail runs through a pine forest frequented by grizzly bears (I saw none) while the second half is above the tree line. The second half is mostly loose rock making it the most treacherous.
Believe it or not, hiking down was worse than hiking up. While going up required frequent breaks and lots of huffing and puffing, hiking down was murder on my knees and hips.by