“Why do so many of us demur when asked our ages, or just flat-out lie about how old we are? Breaking this habit isn’t just good for women, it’s good for all of us. Because every time you mention your true age as if it’s no biggie, or excitedly tell the world exactly how old you’re turning on your birthday, you sound a note of sanity in our youth-crazed culture. You tell the young girls in your life that confidence grows with time. You signal to your guy that you’re in full possession of your hotness.”
~Jill Herzig, Editor-in-Chief – from Editor’s Notebook in the October 2012 Issue of Redbook Magazine
This article spurred quite the conversation between my husband and I on the way to my annual birthday backpack and climb. Interestingly enough after much discussion and contemplation, we both came to very similar personal conclusions:
- We feel younger now than we did a few years ago.
- Physically, we are in better shape, are stronger, more agile, and less injury prone.
- Mentally, we are braver, take more calculated risks, more driven, and laugh more.
Hey! How can this be? Well… we now have better gear, plan trips more thoroughly, and more importantly prepare ahead physically. I vividly remember the first time I climbed Mount Whitney quite a few years ago. On the way to the summit I was nauseous, dizzy, and disoriented from altitude sickness and also came off that mountain with a very swollen knee that took months to heal. This season I have climbed Whitney twice and even spent the night on top feeling great and coming home with no injuries. Back then I was not hiking with poles and training primarily by running on flat land. I now train on varied degrees of surfaces, circuit train, and never leave home without my hiking poles.
So with all that said in the end still we ARE older and look older, but inside the spirit whispers not so. Age has brought on a confidence to say and do things that are important and out of the box. I am in love with this time in life and can’t wait for what is around and over the next mountain.
For my annual birthday hike we climbed Peak 12525 and Cirque Peak. Both mountains are a cross-country (no trail) route with fun class 2 and a little class 3 climbing. The peaks are just south of Mount Langley and Mount Whitney in the Southern Sierra Nevada.
Our trek started with a night hike 5 miles into South Fork Lake from the Cottonwood Lakes trail head. The next day we climbed both peaks and headed back to the car. This is my favorite itinerary for short overnight backpacks. Go in the night before, climb a challenging peak and head back. Good food and a hot shower are the rewards. I recommend this great hike for exercise, beauty, and celebrating.
Enjoy the trip video created on my Mac using iMovie “Photo Album” theme. Music “Beautiful Day” by U2