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Day 75…A Hike With the Kids

Posted on August 21, 2011 by Margaret Schlachter

It being the last day of the KMS Dryland Camp, we decided to hike up the mountain and give the kids an alternative workout. For me since I knew I wouldn’t want to do another workout after hiking with them I loaded down my backpack with enough water for a 10 day trek and food to feed a small army. My back with the addition of some weight tipped the scales around 40lbs. I knew it wasn’t going to be a day for speed so decided to turn it into a strength workout.

We set off up the mountain. It was a slow hike, for me, but challenging for the kids 2.5 miles and over an hour and a half later we were at the top of the mountain. A beautiful day to be up on top. The kids enjoyed lunch on the mountain and we headed back down. On the way up the kids had to carry a rock that they could not drop and place it on the side of one of the race trails on the way down. They all signed it and placed a few meaningful words to them on the rock. It was a great team building exercise!

We headed back down and I don’t think my heat rate ever hit above 100, but it was good for the kids to learn to love the mountains of Vermont which I consider my own personal playground. Hopefully they walk away from this camp with a new found love for the outdoors and all it can give when the snow is gone.

Killington, VT
Distance: 5.48 Miles
Moving Time: 2:10:57
Pack: 40lb
Average HR: 117 bpm

After the hike I headed over to the Amee Farm to watch the end of the Peak 666 Race. A great endurance mountain bike event. Saw some friendly faces from Death Race and other connections within Vermont. Great to catch up with Meg and Skye from An awesome event and great to know that our kids helped yesterday prep some of the trails!