Mount San Gorgonio - 4th time this year. 19.5 miles, 5500 feet of net elevation gain, up and down in 7 hr 30 min. I’ve been taking it easy the past several weeks traveling for work and recovering from various injuries, but I’ve felt great these last couple weeks. Ready to end 2018 strong! 🥇👊🏼💪🏼
So. Cal's 3 Most Prominent Peaks in Under 24 hours?
The "3 Peaks Challenge" is put on each year by Adventure16. Follow them at @adventure16 to find out more about next years challenge (this year's challenge is closed (...well, the mountains are still there but A16 won't give you any cool schwag for climbing them...not 'til next year!).
The 24 hour category is really hard. I'd done it once before, failed a time before that, and this time was able to slightly reduce my time (although I felt much, much worse towards the end, ha!).
To give you an idea and to officially record it in the annals of silly things I've done, I submit this:
Oct 28, 2018
⏰ Wake Up 5:30a
🚘 Drive to San J
🏔 San Jacinto Peak 10,833'
🚠 On tram at 8:40a
📈 Elevation Change 2,400'
📏 11.6 Miles RT
⌚ Total Time 3:09
📝 A Pleasant "Walk in the Park"
🏔 San Gorgonio Peak 11,503'
📌 At Vivian Creek TH 1:47p
📈 Elevation Change 5,400'
📏 15.6 Miles RT
⌚ Total Time 7:22
📝 Freezing Cold, Windy on Top, Tired
🏔 Mount San Antonio Peak 10,069'
📌 At Ski Lodge TH 10:49p
📈 Elevation Change 3,700'
📏 10.0 Miles RT
⌚ Total Time 4:50
📝 Ski Trail is Brutal, VERY Windy, VERY Tired
⏳ Total Time 18:49
⬆🚶Hiking Time Up 8:20
⬇🚶Hiking Time Down 7:01
🚘 Driving/Transitions 3:28
📐 ~38 Miles/ ~12K' Elevation Change
Cheered on runners at Big Bear Marathon Mile 20 — super inspired by friends and my athlete, Zoe! (she ran sub-3)😭💗To celebrate, earned my summit PR by over an hour. 25°F windchill kept me HAPPY up 5300’ gain on socal’s highest peak. // Where you find joy: pursue it. #mtsangorgonio#proudcoach
Had one of the best times of my life with my friend Mira Reverente @themoneysavvymommy at San Gorgonio yesterday.
It truly was an adventure since we did not know it had snowed the night before. Also found a plane wreckage from 1952.
Thank you for inviting me on this unforgettable amazing adventure! #sangorgoniopeak#smilesfordays#fallwinterwonderland
1. Bear can Bri. 2. Snakes. 3. So big you could drive a bus through. 4. Camp at high creek. 5. Consequences. 6. Clouds at elevation. 7. Almost to the summit (11,514 ft), like another planet. Altitude sickness, bonking from overexertion, and alpine temperatures. A world of pain and profanity. Bri well ahead, top left. 8. The summit, the highest peak in Southern California. A great time place to summit, drink a beer, get abducted by aliens, frozen into popsicles, and get the F back down.
San Gorgonio, you were relentless ! 😱 But then again, so are we! With the crazy, gusting, freezing winds at the summit and hiking an hour past sunset trying to find our way back to the car ...together, we survived! (Barely)
5 peaks ✅! San Bernardino in a few weeks to complete our hiking challenge! A HUGE thank you to everyone who reached out to me the past couple days to offer support and tips on this beast of a hike! We made it!
A16 3-Peak (3 Saints) Challenge in 24 hours: COMPLETE! ✅ By far, thee most physically demanding & challenging thing I have EVER done in my life. Wow. I’m still trying to process it all. I started at the first trailhead at 12:32AM & finished at end of the final mountain at 9:03PM. For a grand total of:
40 miles in distance & a whopping 13,846 feet of total elevation gain 😳 (You can swipe all the way to the left if you’re interested in my final time stats.) Let me just say, at one point I legitimately believed that I wasn’t going to make it through on that last mountain. I’ll save that story for later. For now, I’m going to soak in this huge bucket list accomplishment & be thankful for it all—the good, the bad, & the ugly. I put my sweat, blood, & tears into this. Literally. And a huge, sincere thank you to everyone who supported & encouraged me along the way. DAMN IT FEELS GOOD TO BE SO ALIVE! ❤️✨
I’ve lived many places, I’ve even fallen in love. But when I think of home, I am settled and at ease. Gorgonio was the last peak I climbed before my move and I did it alone. It was the first time I really cried when I hit the summit. It was hard, still recovering from injury and the extra weight I carried emotionally and physically from a severe lack of self care. The self reflection that took place will always make this my favorite place. ⛰ ✨🖤• •