On week 12 of our training to hike Mt Rainier, we did a 9 hr hike so that pretty much sums up the week!
We were getting too comfortable hiking Crowders Mountain and Umstead Park so we needed to change our location. We decided to climb Mt Mitchell. For our Mt Rainier hike we will gain almost 10,000 feet in 2 days so we needed to train in a similar environment. Mt Mitchell doesn’t elevate that high but is the highest peak east of the Mississippi and the only peak close to us.
Mt Mitchell is located 127 miles northwest of Charlotte, NC and about 32 miles northeast of Asheville, NC. It’s the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains at 6,684 ft. and it’s beautiful up there! Driving through the Blue Ridge Parkway is awesome! I really wanted to drive a bit more while we were in the area but we needed to get hiking.
These 2 weeks were a bit of an adjustment just to get back into my regular training to climb Mt Rainier. I really enjoyed my time in Brazil and the pace of life down there!
I took 3 days off in week 10 to slowly get back into my weekly schedule, but was able to do a couple of Crossfit workouts, stair intervals and a long hike on Saturday.I was planning just to take 2 days off this week but Saturday was a long night! Catie and I went to a Justin Timberlake concert and then we went out with a friend we haven’t seen in a while, so a 5 hr hike plus a long night….a day off was required! The Saturday hike was the longest we’ve done so far and we needed to take snacks, lunch and plenty of water. For the hikes we’ve done prior to this one we’ve only taken water with the exception of the 4 hr hike in week 8 when we stopped and had some Açaí!! This hike was an excellent opportunity for us to start planning and trying the actual food/snacks we will be taking when we climb Mt Rainier. RMI Expeditions offers a meal plan for the days we will be up in Mt Rainier but they don’t offer a gluten free option.