After freezing mid-climb, whimpering, and yelling “I can’t do this,” I did, in fact, climb this rock.
I’m Abby, your
guinea pig hostess for saying yes to fun adventures, to lots and lots of time outside, and to delicious food and drinks. My husband and I live in Washington, D.C. with our newly adopted puppy. He loves rock-climbing, I love horseback riding, and since we both work in computer-focused fields, if we didn’t also like hiking (and our puppy!), we’d never see the sun.
My New Year’s resolution for 2016 was to do 52 hikes and become a woman of the wilderness. Then I injured my back in a fall from a horse … and spent most of 2016 recovering. Oops.
Lesson learned: no more resolutions.
This year I’m back and ready (again! more than ever!) to craft a healthy lifestyle that is easy, natural, and 10,000% fun.
How the club began
After a brutally cold winter in 2015, I never wanted to see a treadmill again — and I was done with any fitness plan that involved more time watching the world go by through a window.
My only goal: more time outside. I joined Capital Bikeshare to bike everywhere I could. My boyfriend-at-the-time and I checked out the county park trails in rotation. I got “real” hiking shoes and a light Osprey pack. We even got engaged in the middle of a wintry hike.
Hooked on this new outdoorsy plan, I asked my friend Rachel if she was game for a weekly hike. With the long days of summer, it was easy to knock out a quick hour on local trails — and we had a lot of fun in the process. Our “club” named itself: all the fun and conversation of happy hour, all the prettiest spots in town.
- Complete 52 Hikes.
- Visit a new national park.
- Spend a weekend hiking in Shenandoah National Park.
- Learn how to use a compass/navigate really well.
- Complete a multi-night backpacking/camping trip.