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At 8,751 ft. you stand at the highest peak of the Guadalupe Mountain Range and subsequently, the highest point in all of Texas, sandwiched far between Carlsbad and El Paso. It’s an adventure big enough for a true Texan or in my case a Texan transplant.
This past Sunday, I wanted to get outside and accomplish some much needed climbing. After warming up a bit at North Austin’s “Austin Rock Gym” I headed West to Reimer’s Ranch for some bouldering, hiking, and people watching.
Growing up In Chicago had always made me feel homesick for a place I hadn’t yet been. My parents, being fond travelers, were dedicated to making adventure time a priority, even after my brother and I were born.
Consistently, you should plan to eat at least one snack every hour. Make sure some of these snacks are salty in order to replace electrolytes lost through sweat (1). Without good nutrition, your hike could quickly turn into a disaster leaving you weak, unable to focus or enjoy yourself. In extreme circumstances a lack of nutrition can even put you at risk. This is why it’s so important to make sure that food and water is the first thing you should pack for your trip.
All of these tools are perfect for your active, outdoor, “you can’t stop me just because its cold” lifestyle. Check out the related blog, “6 Reasons to go Hiking in Winter” and remember to enjoy the last couple months of cold!
Whenever temperatures start dropping below forty degrees, especially in regions unaccustomed to the chill, residents begin to focus they’re time on indoor activities and perfecting already flawless hibernation techniques. Don’t get me wrong, winter hiking/camping is not meant for the faint of heart, but it’s also not something to knock without trying.
Most northerners know what it takes to stay warm on those cold winter nights, and Im not talking about that magical liquid in the flask. Im talking about the gear you will need to hang out in the cold and not even notice its -30 degrees.
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not man the less, but nature more. – Lord Byron The beginning of a new year brings about new ideas, promises, and resolutions for everyone.