Fellow Mountain Men (and Women),
Welcome to the new blog. Feel free to provide comments on this page, about life in general, or anything you feel like venting about.
This blog is a work in progress, and is just the beginning of many months of joking conversations between my friends at work and I. One of my friends, Alex, and I decided one day to do something challenging that would help us clear our heads and enjoy the small things in life a little more. After throwing out a couple ideas, we decided to spend a few days hiking in the Alps. A few days turned into a week, and a week turned into 10 days, and now we project to spend about two weeks hiking the Haute Route through France and Switzerland.
The first thing to do was to get our hands on some information about the Haute Route and about hiking in general. We are both in good shape, but neither of us has ever done any hiking over this distance before. I'm sure it won't be too bad, at least not bad enough to keep us from drinking healthy amounts of beer every night and eating hearty Alpine food. Ordering gear was fun, and soon I'll have everything I need except a new tent. I'm sure that all of the gear I get will be better than Alex's, which isn't really all that surprising. Once we test the gear, we will post reviews on the link to this page.
After 6 months of working a job that I'm less than satisfied with, this trip will come as a welcome respite from my daily life. I look forward to challenging myself, and releasing from the contraints of daily life. Admittedly, this blog won't be completely finished until after our trip, but I will continue to provide continuous updates on our preparation. In addition to talking only about hiking, I'll provide my thoughts on life in general, topics for discussion, and probably some incoherent ramblings too.
If interested, you can also access the Naked Mountain Man Fitness link on the right side of this site. I will provide daily workouts, which I highly encourage you to try if you are interested in becoming incredibly fit and bring out your inner manimal (or womanimal?).