Mountain climbers say that the best way to train for climbing mountains is to climb mountains. The same holds true for mountain hiking! The beauty of this is that I'm also getting out with my camera in hand and covering some gorgeous scenery. Since I'm pretty much restricted to hiking at the end of my workday, I tend to have my camera in hand during the best light of the day. So as I continue my training, I'll share a few images along the way. All of the images in this post were taken using the Leica M9 with the 50mm Summicron lens.
Yesterday's hike was at Luskville Falls in Quebec. A very steep, rocky ascent to the mountain top. This was quite a challenge and I was pretty wiped out by the time I got to the top. My legs and lungs were actively reminding me that I am no longer 20 years old. This image was shot near the top, while sitting for a breather. The sun was already below the horizon and total darkness arrived by the time the descent was completed.
Tonight's training hike was at Foley Mountain in Westport. This is a much easier trail than Luskville Falls and luckily so, as my body was still recovering from Luskville the previous day. I felt great all day but found that my energy levels were down from the previous day. This time of year, the black flies are terrible and Mount Foley didn't disappoint. The entire two hour hike was kept at a fast pace in order to avoid being eaten by the swarming pests.
Next target: Blue Mountain in Charleston this weekend.