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Hiking Club 2014: South Sister and More!

Want to Climb South Sister (and others) With Us?

Details
About South Sister: “The South Sister, also known as Charity, is Oregon’s third highest mountain. The hike to the top is very difficult, but fairly easy as far as climbing mountains can go, as there is indeed a trail that goes all the way to the top and can be done without any technical mountain climbing gear.

The hike can easily be done in a day, and usually takes between 7 and 10 hours round trip. The hike to the top is about 6 and a quarter miles long (12 round trip) with a 4900 feet elevation gain. ” — Everytrail.com



When: Saturday August 23rd- Sunday August 24th. We’ll be meeting at the Devil’s Lake Trail Head Saturday afternoon and camping there, leaving on our hike early Sunday morning. 


How much does it cost: The South Sister Climb Package is $60 per person. 


What do I get: 
The price for this package includes 
  • at least 4 group training hikes (see hikes/dates below)
  • the Elevation Kinetics Resistance Training Guide for Hiking and Climbing (a $49 value)
  • the Elevation Kinetics Cardiovascular Training Guide for Hiking and Climbing (a $49 value)
  • permits and fees (a $5 value)
  • a catered breakfast at the trail head (a $15 “Portland Brunch” value. It is a good breakfast though– gluten free and vegan options!
  • the guided South Sister climb (PRICELESS!)
How do I get it: You can register by clicking through to our Mindbody Site. 
Or cut and paste: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=19272&stype=-101&sTG=30&sVT=23&sView=day&sTrn=100000000&sDate=8/23/2014 
Or email me and I’ll register you.
 
Check out some of the things we’ve seen on past hikes:
Mt St Helens 2013
Mt St Helens 2013


Mt St Helens 2012                 
 

Fun on Mt Defiance 
Mt Defiance 2012
Elevation Kinetics at Mt Defiance
                                                      Mt Defiance 2012
Devils Peak 2013
 Devil’s Peak 2013
Saddle Mt 2013  
                                                            Saddle Mt 2013

If you want to see even more pictures, we have galleries on our website:
Group Training Hikes
Here’s where it gets good. My good friend and trusted associate Alissa, of Alissa Lesperance Fitness and Yoga (out of The Refinery) is ALSO hosting a hike club this summer, with her group taking on Mt Adams July 12th and 13th. (Email Alissa if you’re interested in that climb, she’s limiting spaces to 10). We’ll be doing some our our training hikes together to make it EVEN MORE FUN.
Here’s the training schedule we’ll be following for South Sister (all hikes will be in the morning, but we’ll determine meeting/carpooling/times at a later date):
*May 4th: Hamilton Mountain (Washington side of the Gorge)
*June 1st: Devil’s Peak (or a connecting hike, Hunchback Trail, depending on snow; out of Zig Zag/Mt Hood)
*June 22nd: Ruckel Ridge (from Eagle Creek Trailhead in the Oregon Gorge. This is a tough one, see here http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Ruckel_Ridge_Loop_Hike
July 27th: Mt Defiance (Oregon Gorge, another toughie http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Mount_Defiance_from_Columbia_River_Hike)
*Training hikes combined with Alissa’s group
If you’re interested in even more hikes, you can drop in on Alissa’s group training hikes (that I’m not doing) for $10 per hike:
May 11th: Dog Mountain (Washington Gorge)
If you want to do Mt Adams July 12/13th, get in touch with Alissa immediately to join her hiking club and secure your spot.
Questions?
That’s all I can think of for now. If you have any questions, let me know. This is going to be fun. We always have a blast.

Elevation Kinetics December Newsletter

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! We did, and then we went to Seattle for the marathon. Shawn hit his 4hour goal and did just great, and it was nice to get a change of scenery.
I have some really exciting programs that I want to share with you, so give this newsletter a look. I have my client of the month, Adriane, who’s a total rock star, the Saturday running club which is going great and we’re going to continue it in January, as well as a series of charity boot camps on Saturdays in January– I have the dates and times for you so you can mark them down and invite your friends. And we’ve got the 25 Days of Festivus going. If you’ve meant to register but haven’t yet, registration is still open and I’ll attach the link to your tracking sheets here too.
 
December is the fastest month of the year. If you don’t stop and breathe, you might miss it. I hope you’ll continue to treat your body well– feed it nutritiously and keep your stress levels to a minimum by exercising, sleeping, and continuing whatever meditative practices you enjoy. Take the time to enjoy yourself and appreciate what’s good. Reflect on the past year and look forward to the upcoming one.
 
I hope to hear from you this month!
 
~Kathy
 
P.S. Someone just asked me what I wanted for Christmas, and the only thing I could think of besides the 3-way roaster, steamer, slow cooker I’m getting is some nice testimonials from those of you that have had positive experiences working with me. If you would take a minute to leave a testimonial or review it would be a great gift. Here are a few links:
Thank you!
Client of the Month
Adriane HOOF!
Adriane came to meet with me last fall– she was 5 or 6 months pregnant and looking for a trainer to help her get the weight off after her baby was born. We started working together April 1st and she’s been chipping away at the body fat, which is great, but what’s remarkable is that in that time, with the little newborn and no sleep and going back to work (and all that business, you know) she has managed to not just show up and gut out her training sessions each week but also to keep her nutrition AWESOME, improve her strength and stamina, AND train for and finish the Portland Marathon in Oct
ober, and she did great. She’s an inspiration and I wanted to share her story to show you that where there’s a will, there’s a way. I’ll post another picture when she gets to her goal weight. I’ve been taking pictures every month, so there are way more, but these are (left to right) April, September, and December 2013.

Burn Off the Holiday Bulge
January Charity Boot Camp Series

Look at the boot camp fun!
This January we’ll be running an entire month-long series of boot camps for you to enjoy with your family and friends. These charity boot camps are a “pay-what-you-will” style, with the suggested donation of $5/person (as you know, nobody ever gets turned away). They’ll include dynamic warm-up, circuits, games, and drills, and a cool down with stretch. They’re family friendly, so bring everyone. We haven’t picked a charity yet (it might be the same one or different for each), so if you have any suggestions, send them my way.  

When: Saturdays in January at 11am
Where: Peak Condition Gym 2214 NE Oregon St Portland, OR 97232
Why: Because I said so

Please join us!
Run (or walk) with Us!
Free Running Group will continue in January!
That picture to the left is Shawn at the Seattle Marathon. 

Good news! We’re continuing our run (walk/jog) group through the winter. Please come out and run with us! This is a rough time of year for outdoor exercise, but any time spent outside is really healthy and it’s easier to get out with a group of friends. All levels are welcome. We plan different lengths routes that are easy to modify.

When: Saturdays (ongoing) at 10am
Where: Meet at Peak Condition Gym 2214 NE Oregon St Portland, OR 97232
Wear: Dress for the outside. When we’re running, the temps feel about 20* warmer, so dress in layers.
The 25 Days of Festivus: It’s not too late to register!
This challenge officially started December 1st, but I know there are a bunch of you who wanted to do it and haven’t registered yet. Good news: it’s not too late! I’m going to keep registration open all month, but I’m ordering the shirts next week and I’m not ordering extra, so if you want one of these amazing limited edition shirts (they are no joke) you’d better get yourself on board. If you get registered after I order, I’ll make sure you get a prize of equal value but it’s not going to be a limited edition Holy Awesome t shirt. 

if you’re already registered and haven’t downloaded the tracking sheets (or you just want to look at them)