Let’s make sure everyone can benefit from healthy lungs TOGETHER!
I’m training to climb to 11,245 ft — the summit of Mt. Hood, in Oregon, the first week of June 2018 for the first time. This journey is extremely important.....imperative.
A dear friend of mine, Connie, passed from lung cancer. Somehow she always managed to crack a smile when we, on occasion, enjoyed lunch together. Even though she was battling so many things, hair loss, pale skin, frail and weak from the treatments...she was the strongest person I've known.
** This climb of Oregon’s tallest mountain is for Connie. **
Chances are you know someone who has faced the challenges of asthma, COPD, lung cancer or air pollution. By making a donation on my behalf, you will be helping the American Lung Association provide community based education programs, fight for cleaner air standards and fund life-saving research. With your help, we will fight against lung disease and for lung health. We will be making a positive difference for all of the parents who have a child with asthma, the people who struggle daily with COPD and the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children and friends who get diagnosed with lung cancer.
Every donation I receive helps make a bigger impact. Please help support my efforts to save lives, donate ANY amount.
Together we can fight lung disease successfully!
My target to meet is $3900, directly to the American Lung Association to fight what my sweet friend Connie and many others have faced. Only together we can do this!
Come back and Visit my page again, I’ll be posting pics of each training climb so you can join me on the journey!!!
Training Day 14
Up at Mt Hoods Tilly Jane was a beautiful trail! First time trying snow shoe and learned that very different muscles get utilized. Part of trail was tilted leaving a very difficult uneven trail for quite a distance. This was most difficult. 2500 ft elevation gain over 6 miles. What a workout!! Wish I could do this three days a week. No rain or snow and got a minor sunburn on my face. Summitted to the cabin in a tee shirt for the first time. Great teamwork supporting each other as most found the trail a greater challenge.
by Libby Mitchell on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 @ 3:34 PM
Training day 13
Great achievement this weekend summitted kings mountain twice in one weekend! This was no easy task but I had to prove to myself I could do it, this was the closest to the real mt Hood summit so far, with 5000 ft elevation gain over 10 miles. I spent 45 minutes in the hot tub and shocked that I'm walking pretty well the next day. When I reached the second summit I was almost in tears of joy and can't express how accomplished I felt. My teammates and volunteers were so supportive and amazing. I think I'll skip the circuit training today however :-)
To top it off it rained hard and was 70 mph wind gusts this day, scary on those exposed cliffs!!
by Libby Mitchell on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 @ 1:50 PM
Training day 12
Today was an easier Easter weekend training where I summitted summit trail in the mook. Trail was beautiful, not much rain, and around 1100 ft elevation. I decided to load up the pack with 25 pounds and move fast. End of the trail wasn't a summit but highway 6, which was slightly odd. Adventure began in gales creek and started climbing immediately. Not my favorite trail but curiosity drove me to hike it!
by Libby Mitchell on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 @ 1:41 PM
Training Day 11
Experienced Dog Mountain from the "more difficult" route for the first time. It was a tough hike with a 22 pound bag and 1.5 inches of snow through the higher elevation of the hike. The morning started at 4am, which was too early. Making the way up to the summit saw beautiful tall trees and rock with nice views of the columbia. The last mile was very snowy and beautifully exposed. Met the Mazamas at the top getting ready to do some crazy rope climbing. Needed to add a jacket on the way up due to wind chill, thankful for my bauer top shell layer. We need to do this climb twice to be closer to ready for mt. hood. I'm not there yet, BUT I WILL BE! :)
by Libby Mitchell on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 @ 2:54 PM
Training Day 10
Made our way up to Mt Hood this weekend to Goverment Camp skiway and glade trails. We packed snow shoes and microspikes. As it turned out, I didn't need the snow shows and they looked a little clunky so I decided to only use microspikes. It worked out fine, there was an occasional foot through deep snow, but all in all, not too bad. Met some very kind ladies at the top looking for some directions. This morning I'm a little sore, more energy was needed to hike up and down in the snow. Learning the correct step techniques was necessary and extremely helpful. I was a bit surprised when my bag was weighed, only 18 pounds and I need to be carrying 35! I have some water bottles to add next time. My jacket that I got for this climb is perfect, kept me plenty warm in the light snow :) This was closest training yet to climbing the actual Mt. Felt very strong on Sunday and gained a lot more confidence in this climb readiness. My only question is WHY DO I NOT VISIT MT Hood MORE?!
by Libby Mitchell on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 @ 11:03 AM
Training Day 9
Little delayed in getting last weekend's training updates blogged. Our summit was Hamilton Mt in Washington. Beautiful place, fantastic views of Mt Hood, Mt Adams, Wind Mt, and others from the almost one mile long summit. First time I'm been able to walk all around quite a bit at the top. Usually not too much room. The weather was literally perfect, with beautiful sun and warm weather. No need for a jacket. The switchbacks weren't bad, allowing time to catch your breath in between up hills. Learned how to regulate breathing and climb to conserve energy, these techniques helped me a lot to not need breaks! I really want to go back to this climb, it had a little bit of everything; waterfalls, hills, mud, rock, snow, and impressive views! Next time I'll try and drag my family along. I've learned that the best thing for me for breakfast is pancakes with bananas, this really keeps me fueled for these challenges!
by Libby Mitchell on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 @ 10:53 AM
Training Day 8
The target summit this Sunday was Wind Mountain, an ancient Indian area with vast history. Long story short, we did this climb twice up and back with the team. It was about 2,168ft up with around 5 miles distance. Was a beautiful day with fantastic views. I learned about rest walking and regulated breathing. There was a couple areas where micro-spikes were required as packed snow/ice on the trail, one could slide right off the mountain! There were quite a few stacked rocks on this trail, which for me, feel very odd with micro-spikes, got plenty of practice taking them on and off. The sun was out and no rain or snow! Wore a long sleeve workout shirt, no coat required except on the way down. Slight wind on one part of the trek. I also learned that orange juice is NOT something I need to be drinking when I hike. Trying out my new pack this time and really enjoyed it! The gregory fit and carried well, even though I only had about 15 pounds in it. I need to work my way up to 25-30 pounds to get a real idea of how it will feel on Mt. Hood.
by Libby Mitchell on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 11:29 AM
Training day 7
Accomplished hiking with micro spikes in the slushy muddy snow. I said it would be easy breezy compared to others since Cape Horn was just over 1100ft up. It was the first hike with the volunteers and teammates from ALA. The spikes were amazing, took some getting used to using the trekking poles in the deeper snow. Learned a lot of tips!!! The weather was dry then snowing a bit. Trail was fast out and back to a fantastic view of the Columbia and surrounding mountains. The sun kept peaking through the clouds at the summit and in rolled some fog. Beautiful place! And .... well hiking through the snow was harder than I realized, was a bit tired when I got home taking a long nap!
by Libby Mitchell on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 @ 10:48 PM
Training Day 6
Concurred Dog Mountain out and back today. Weather was snowy, extremely windy, rainy, and chilly. Giant trees were spinning and swaying back and forth, it was scary and exciting at the same time. Branches were already down, so I figured the low hanging fruit was out of the way, however I didn't stay long in the forested spots. The trail was absolutely beautiful and deserving of the rave reviews. Parking lot was almost empty, only the true native Oregon adventurers go out in this weather. Everyone warned me about how hard this was, however I didn't find it that difficult after my other trainings. The hardest thing on this hike was the WIND! At the summit winds were so strong that they knocked me off my feet. Didn't stay but a minute or two at the top! Also, lesson learned, always use the walking poles. Those made this soooo much easier and distributing the energy output more evenly. I purchased them for the first official training this weekend and learned from youtube video how to use them. My next tech arriving for the weekend is micro spikes for the shoes. Can't wait!!
by Libby Mitchell on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 4:11 PM
Training Day 5
This Adventure started early Sunday morning for a planned longer hike around storey burn loop. Elevation gain was ~2000ft according to my tracking app. Well, it was supposed to be about 8 miles, however it ended up being 15 because when I got to the end of gravel brothers, the trail just stopped in a parking lot by highway 6. I certainly took a wrong turn somewhere, just not sure where yet. I tried going several other ways however my map was telling me it was off path. I ended up going all the way back to the beginning of the loop the way I came. I'll hit the trail from the reverse next time. While heading back, I ran into a group of hikers, Endorphin Drip Hiking, and they told me there's a way through and offered for me to join their group. Crazy thing about this one, I was able to walk up and down the stairs w/o any trouble the next day increasing my confidence to concur Mt. Hood.
by Libby Mitchell on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Training Day 4
Headed to the top of Kings Mt Sunday in the foggy damp early morning. Due to the jetlag from Israel, I was up at 4am, so I decided to arrive at Kings to start hiking in the dark @ 6:30am. What a great idea, it was peaceful and I didn't see anyone till I was almost back down to the bottom. The hike up was a bit scary only because it was dark and there were some rustling noises here and there. I ended up turning on my favorite wake up song, 7 years from Lukas Graham, so as not to come up unexpectedly and spook any bigger animal that might be around. About a mile from the top it started to rain quite a bit, I ended up being soaked at the top, at least the top layer and didn't remove any layers this time. It was very windy and rainy at the top, a stayed only briefly for a summit photo. This Mt is both a distance and elevation challenge. Having said that, it is getting easier for me. My first and second summit resulted in difficulty walking for a few days. This time, stairs were not avoided. Progress!!!
by Libby Mitchell on Wed, Feb 07, 2018 @ 2:10 PM
Training day 3
Traveled to Israel for work so adjusted my training a bit. Tackled Mt. Carmel down and back, to the Mediterranean Sea. This adventure took me 8.2 miles 1335 ft in elevation. A storm with hard rain and thunder with lightning was unavoidable. However amazingly I stayed mostly dry! Haifa is a beautiful place with stairs zigzagging up the mountain. Hike was all paved. Sea is not easily accessible due to the port which created the detour :-) climbing is getting quite routine for this elevation. Street art, famous cemetery, historic buildings, interesting shrubs and trees, stray cats, and many restaurants throughout my journey. Distance was my challenge here.
by Libby Mitchell on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 @ 12:32 PM
Sunday Training Day 2
Traveled to the summit of Elks Mt. in the "mook" on Sunday, January 14. Dry, clear, crisp in the morning, nearing afternoon a few patchy clouds. Some light fog on the way up, but no impact to the view from way up top! Wore layers and was down to a tank within a half mile. Summit was faster by 1/2 hour, I wore new hiking boots, limited any break to 10 seconds, and didn't have the mud like last time. Ate a quick snack at the top and drank my Red Bull. Signed into the book that I somehow overlooked my last summit. I need to bring a new notebook, that one is definitely full. Next, I tried to peer over the other side, was thinking of taking the 8 mile trek, but it looked scary going down, so I need to try coming up that side first in order to feel more confident to do the full Elk to Kings loop. (which requires me going down the back side of Elk.) The rock was crumbly and slippery and I couldn't see past the ledge below. I will do this loop.....just not quite yet. :)
by Libby Mitchell on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 8:48 PM