Cleared to Resume Hiking Activities

Talked with the doctor today.  After removing the boot, I did a series of activities including fast walking, stretching exercises and sprinting — all without pain.  So, he has cleared me to ramp up my workouts with a plan to return to the trail after the Memorial Day weekend.

I will walk into Kennedy Meadows, using that 50 miles to get my hiking legs back.  I will meet up the Fish Tank and Little John well before we hike into the Sierra Mountains around June 7th.

Over the next couple of days, I will hike my normal nine mile hike, adding weight as I go.  On Saturday, I will do a section of the Ice Age Trail.  It is the best I can do here as everything is so flat.  I’m hoping that I’ll didn’t loose too much of my hiker legs.

My gear finally was delivered by UPS yesterday, five days late.  I’ll be taking it with me this time.  I’m going to make some minor changes and repairs.

I have a small hole in the back mesh from my cat hole shovel I need to repair.  Other than that, my ULA Catalyst has been outstanding.  The only issue is that it has taken on a distinct odor from all my sweating.  I replaced my sleeping pad in the box sent to Action, which I only used once.  I’m good there.  I’m going to replace a couple of my tent stakes that I bent, otherwise my shelter is good.

I’m going to upgrade my base layer for the Sierra Mountains.  Other than that, my clothing is good to go.  All in all, I’ve already replace all my broken gear.

I need to mail a box with my bear canister, micro spikes and eight days of food to Kennedy Meadows.  With that, I should be good to go.

I’m so looking forward to getting back.


4 thoughts on “Cleared to Resume Hiking Activities

  1. Glad to hear that you are able to get back on the trail. Maybe Lisa and I will see you and Fishtank on the trail again. We may hike from mile 567 to mile 616 over Memorial Day weekend and up in the Sierra later in June. We continue to enjoy your posts!


  2. great news! i have hiked this section to tuolumne meadows including mt whitney, breath taking, lung buster, a memory you will never forget! looking forward to your future post.
    oh what kind of matt did you get?


    • I’m going with the pad that Fish Tank is using, the Therm-A-Rest ProLite Ultralight. As a side sleeper, I need something with a bit more thickness, especially at my hips. It weighs 18 ounces, the same as my previous pad.


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