Y’all had some really great questions about our three day Wonderland hike and while I am still finishing up the blog posts I thought I would share some answers:
Q: How are your backpacks so small?
A: The secret to our tiny backpacks is that my mom supported us for this hike! She met us at Mowich Lake campground and White River campground with all of our camping equipment and food and love. She even set up our tent for us so all we had to do when we got into camp at night was pamper ourselves. Thanks to her we only had to carry the ten essentials, food and water! Thanks @cherylpaints7
Q: What did you do to train for this hike?
A: Not enough! No seriously, we could have been in better shape. Earlier in the summer I feel like we were going strong with our regularly work outs and running sessions. We hiked the Timberline Trail around Mount Hood and did some other longer hikes in preparation. But we kind of got really busy in the last few weeks (I was in a play, remember?) and we didn’t get the final push of training in for this hike like we should have. Regardless we were able to do it, but I chalk a lot of that up to mental resolve. Our bodies would have been happier on this trip if we had been better prepared physically.
Q: What do you do to push through the pain?
A: This is such a great question. Because we were in a lot of pain and pain is more that just physical - it’s also scary. Every new ache, new sharp twang, new shooting pain has you wondering if your doing long term damage. To push through pain you have to be really in tune with your body and know that you’re not pushing it too far. And if you’re perfectly riding that line that’s where your mental game comes into play. On this hike I heard Kyle mumbling from behind me a lot, telling his body it was fine. I took a lot of deep breaths and tried to think about other things. I find parts of my body that feel fine and I isolate that feeling. Sometimes I narrow in on the pain itself and try to understand it. But mostly I just endured. The more pain we can endure the stronger we become and this is a pretty easy way to practice that strength.
📍Ancestral lands of the Nisqually peoples.