Have you seen him? He is Andrew, @tarakizer ‘s son, and you’ll be surprised to learn how much he loves hiking and the effort he puts into becoming stronger every day in order to conquer his goals- which, by the way, are tough for most hikers... •
“I get asked how I got my son into hiking when they see us doing hard hikes. People also want to know how he's able to do such big hikes.
Let me give you some background.
He's 10 years old. He loves hiking... In 2016, I asked my kids if they wanted to do the Mission Trails 5-Peak Challenge with me. My daughter immediately said no. My son's eyes were wide eyed at the thought of getting a certificate and a pin at the end of the challenge.
As I realized he was motivated by prizes, I asked if he wanted to do something even bigger and for a small reward at the end. He said yes. I decided San Jacinto from the tram would be a good goal. For the next several weeks, he trained for it. I slowly increased his mileage and elevation gain until I thought he was ready. In October of 2016, he summited Mount San Jacinto from the tram. He had now caught the hiking bug.
He then wanted to complete the SoCal 6-Pack of Peaks. I knew this would be hard for him, but I also knew he could do it as long as we trained for it.
In February 2017, we started training for the 6-Pack of Peaks. Every single weekend, we trained, increasing his mileage and elevation gain slowly. He was slow and needed lots of breaks in the beginning, though that changed a few weeks later. In early June of 2017, he summited Cucamonga Peak. Over the next few weeks, he completed all 6 peaks in the 6-Pack of Peaks, finishing up with San Gorgonio in mid-July of 2017.
This year his goal is to complete half the John Muir Trail. Well he wanted to do the whole 220 miles, but his daddy is not comfortable with that. So we are doing half of it, roughly 110 miles. We are in training mode for that right now. He completed El Cajon Mountain this past Saturday. Next year goal is Mount Whitney.” #hikingwithkids#loveforadventure#sandiegoadventureclub
Here is a snake we met in the desert during our 5 day peakbagging adventure. It kind of looks like a Rosy Boa to me but I'm not sure. If anyone knows let me know 😊 🌄 🦊🐶🐾🐾
@foxx.feathers and I cleared our schedules because we saw that there was a 5 day stretch of cool weather. I'm thankful we did that because the temperature ranged from 63 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit the whole time we were out there. 🌵🐾🐾
This trip was a blast but was also pretty tough; we hiked just under 50 miles of desert terrain and mountains. ⛰
Being with nature and pushing myself physically and mentally really humbles me and forces me to think about what really matters in life. Being in nature makes me want to change; to be more gentle and kind, to be more simple, to be a better listener, and to be someone that brightens people's day with a smile. 😁🐾🐾🐕
Keep on keeping on everyone! Keep pursuing your way of life because it is unique, interesting, and important. Sometimes certain pillars of life get tough; maybe you can't get enough food, maybe you don't make enough money, maybe you had a loved one pass away, or maybe you feel lost. When this happens, look towards other aspects or pillars of life that are going well. Chances are at least one pillar is going well. No matter who you are, if you need help or need someone to talk to, I'm always available to chat. I'm awkward and weird but always down to talk. 🐶👨🌾☺
📷: @foxxfeathers 🦊
9 896:49 PM May 4, 2018
I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring. -David Bowie
We ventured out on this hike via the nudist resort and I'm glad it was cool with light sprinkling so we weren't greeted by any nudists. Hailed as the "impossible railroad" we trekked almost 8 miles through13 tunnels and a couple smaller trestles to reach the largest wooden trestle in the world standing at 600 ft long and 200 ft high. At nearly 90 years old this trestle is still in great shape! What a magnificent sight! This hike definitely was not boring! #MtnChicks#SwitchbackChicks#HikerChicksRock#HikerBabesOrg100#JourneyTo100AndBeyond#SanDiegoAdventureClub#ForTheLoveOfHiking#IdHikeThat#KhmerHikers
1,031ft. elevation gain