I’ve been mulling the blog question for a year. Seana told me that this is what writers do. Being a mountain guide, I need to promote that area of my work. And a mum. And a wife – my husband, Scott does fascinating work (www.scottsimper.com).
Mostly life is just chopping wood and carrying water (in the words of Buddha). Really, it’s backcountry ski guiding and domestics; but every now and then, I do something else. With winter mostly over in Utah, I have decided to hike/run the Grand Canyon from rim to rim to rim (starting at the South side), with my friend Nancy Feagin and a couple of ultra running ladies. Pure ridiculous-ness given that my training has been a combination of backcountry skiing and 2-4 sessions of cross-fit a week, for the past five months. However, with a month to train, I’m committed. It’s something I have wanted to do for years.
This initial blog will document my training and the actual grovel itself: a 42 mile trek with 10 300 feet of elevation gain and loss through one of the great scenic wonders on our planet. It’s not a race, so my main goal is to accumulate some foot miles and get my quads into gear for the downhills. I am an experienced hurter from my adventure racing days. Scottie has Obie covered (although Grandma Dixie was on stand-by for a while).
I think I’m good to go.