After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, imagine submerging yourself in the healing energy, peace and beauty of Nature while elevating your body, mind, and soul surrounded by the supportive atmosphere of your guide and fellow adventurers. Sounds great, doesn't it?
Last December, in the spirit of the sacred economics, Wellness Through Adventure offered a new 6 week conditioning program designed to GRADUALLY elevate the participants from 100ft to 3900ft above sea level and prepare them for the 2018 spring and summer hiking seasons.
Each destination was carefully selected to help them progress step by step (pun intended) from beginner to intermediate hiking fitness level utilizing some of the most beautiful terrain in the Snoqualmie Region and Central Cascades area.
Throughout the 6 week conditioning period, the participants receive personalized guidance, tips on strengthening, stretching, nutrition and gear selection advice, but most importantly they have an opportunity to connect with others on this invigorating journey.
So far we have completed week 4 of the program which took us along the Woody Trail to the gorgeous Wallace Falls. Previous weeks led us to the beautiful Twin Falls, rock hopping and log walking to the amazing Bridal Veil Falls in Central Cascades, and the snow and cloud covered upper Rattlesnake Ledge near North Bend with its expansive views of Mount Washington and Chester Morse Lake to the East and Mount Si to the North.
All of us are very excited about the upcoming graduation on top of Mt Si, but before we get there we still have some more serious conditioning to go through.
Update: The Winter 2018 Conditioning Program culminated with an amazing hike up to the top of Mt Si (below the Haystack which is its true summit).
We postponed this hike by a week due to a winter storm with lots of rain and winds reaching up to 30 miles per hour. This time the weather turned out much better and we ended up dry and saw glimpses of sunshine throughout the day. These heart warming golden rays made the woods look magical and we had to stop and breathe-in to take it all in.
The abundant snow made the hike extra fun as we all got to use our traction devices for the first time this winter, and felt grateful for such a cool invention.
On the way up, we stopped at the Snag Flats for a steaming hot cup of NUMI's Rainforest Green Mate Lemon Myrtle Green Tea served in ceramic cups - perfect for the occasion (thank you dear Katrin!). :)
We could not ask for a better experience, however we did miss the rest of our adventurous team who could not be with us this time around.
"The Conditioning Program with Wellness through Adventure is what I needed for my physical and emotional well-being. It provides necessary knowledge, skills, and camaraderie.