365 Mile Challenge

I have been gradually hiking the Adirondack High Peaks since 1995, when I climbed my second High Peak and decided I wanted to do all 46... someday.  I've always treated it as a lifetime goal, so never got discouraged when various events (living out-of-state, having a baby, etc.) halted or slowed my intermittent progress.  The mountains will wait for me.  Then, in 2016, I participated in the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) Hike 100 Challenge.  This was a completely different sort of goal: it was both short-term and proximal.  I can hike the very closest sections of the NCT after driving just 30 minutes.  The NCT trail is awesome, and it's almost entirely new to me.  I loved exploring the trail, and very much enjoyed the challenge.  In fact, I enrolled again for 2017.  I suspect the Hike 100 Challenge will be pretty easy for me in 2017, since I never stopped hiking the NCT when I finished the 2016 challenge. 

But challenges aren't supposed to be easy, right?  Enter the 365 Mile Challenge, which I first read about over at Hike Like a Woman.  Rebecca wrote,  You can get miles by walking, biking, snowshoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, whatever “self-propelled” outdoor activity of your choosing.  Walking your kids to school.  Riding your bike around the block.  A weekend backpacking trip.  Those miles all count.  You just gotta be outdoors and moving.  You can do a mile a day... or 7 miles a week, or save your 365 miles for a long thru-hike.  The point is just to crush 365 miles.


I have never tracked my miles over an entire year, so I don't know if this will actually be challenging or not.  However, the idea really appealed to me, in part because I have set up spreadsheets to do this very thing before (well, not to participate in a challenge, per se, just the part about tracking my miles over a calendar year).  Unfortunately, I never stuck it out -- the tracking, I mean.  I've always entered data for a month or two, then missed a few days and given up.  I am hoping that participating in the challenge will motivate me to keep better records.  I am taking the rules literally and tracking all self-propelled outdoor miles.  I ride the bus to work four days a week, which means I am counting the distances I walk from home to the corner bus stop, from my downtown bus stop to the office, etc.

The early numbers suggest I will indeed crush this challenge, but with a lot of padding from the commuting miles.  And those are not what interest me the most, of course.   So I am keeping a running tally of my total outdoor miles, with separate tallies for each category of self-propelled outdoor miles (hiking vs. walking vs. biking, etc.).  I will post weekly updates here to keep myself accountable.  If I am successful in my record keeping, I will end the year with an understanding of just how much I am hiking.  And then next year?  Maybe I can hike even more.

Week 1.  January 1 - 7, 2017
- Weekly Total: 16.8 miles
- Hike: 10.3 miles (NCT: Cazenovia Gorge; Woodchuck Hill Preserve; NCT: Lenox Basin to Canastota)
- Walk: 6.5 miles (commute, Pokémon walk w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Grand Total: 16.8 miles

out hunting Pokémon


Week 2.  January 8 - 14, 2017
- Weekly Total: 9.1 miles
- Hike: 2.4 miles (NCT: Cheningo Day Use Area)
- Walk: 6.7 miles (commute, neighborhood walk w/Frankie)  
- Grand Total: 25.9 miles

downtown sunrise
Week 3.  January 15 - 21, 2017
- Weekly Total: 18.2 miles
- Hike: 8.3 miles (Cathedral Rock Fire Tower; NCT: Lenox Basin to Durhamville)
- Walk: 9.9 miles (commute, Pokémon walk w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Grand Total: 44.1 miles

Frankie loves to play Pokémon Go with Erwin


Week 4.  January 22 - 28, 2017
- Weekly Total: 18.1 miles
- Hike: 7.8 miles (NCT: Route 46 to Stacy Basin)
- Walk: 10.3 miles (commute, Pokémon walk w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Grand Total: 62.2 miles


Week 5.  January 29 - February 4, 2017
- Weekly Total: 11.0 miles
- Hike: 0.9 miles (Butternut Creek Trail w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Walk: 10.1 miles (commute, neighborhood walks)
- Grand Total: 73.2 miles

Butternut Creek Trail

Week 6.  February 5 - 11, 2017
- Weekly Total: 13.8 miles
- Hike: 6.5 miles (NCT: Circle Drive to Stacy Basin)
- Walk: 7.3 miles (commute, neighborhood walks)
- Grand Total: 87.0 miles


Week 7.  February 12 - 18, 2017
- Weekly Total: 6.3 miles
- Walk: 6.3 miles (commute, Pokémon walks w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Grand Total: 93.3 miles

this walk included a stop for dinner
Onondaga Creekwalk
Skaneateles Lake
 
Week 8.  February 19 - 25, 2017
- Weekly Total: 13.4 miles
- Hike: 5.7 miles (Beaver Lake; Chimney Bluffs; Clark Reservation)
- Walk: 7.7 miles (commute, Pokémon walks w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Grand Total: 106.7 miles


Week 9.  February 26 - March 4, 2017
- Weekly Total: 8.6 miles
- Hike: 3.0 miles (Green Lakes)
- Walk: 5.6 miles (commute, basketball game, Pokémon walks)
- Grand Total: 115.3 miles



Week 10.  March 5 - 11, 2017
- Weekly Total: 14.1 miles
- Hike: 5.9 miles (NCT: West River Road to Cortland 9 Road)
- Walk: 8.2 miles (commute, neighborhood walk w/Frankie, Pokémon walk w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Grand Total: 129.4 miles



Week 11.  March 12 - 18, 2017
- Weekly Total: 8.4 miles
- Walk: 8.4 miles (commute, walk to drugstore w/Frankie)
- Grand Total: 137.8 miles



Week 12.  March 19 - 25, 2017
- Weekly Total: 7.7 miles
- Snowshoe: 2.2 Miles (BLNC: Southern Exposure Trail)
- Walk: 5.5 miles (commute, neighborhood walk w/Frankie, Pokémon walk w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Grand Total: 145.5 miles


Week 13.  March 26 - April 1, 2017
- Weekly Total: 16.2 miles
- Hike: 8.8 miles (NCT: Circle Drive to Erie Canal Village)
- Walk: 7.4 miles (commute, Pokémon walk w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Grand Total: 161.7 miles




Week 14.  April 2 - 8, 2017
- Weekly Total: 12.1 miles
- Hike: 6.9 miles (Three Rivers; NCT: Cheningo Day Use Area)
- Walk: 5.2 miles (commute, neighborhood walks w/Frankie)
- Grand Total: 173.8 miles


Week 15.  April 9 - 15, 2017
- Weekly Total: 33.5 miles
- Hike: 11.6 miles (Jones Hill & Tinker Falls; NCT: Cheningo Solon Road to Wiltsey Glen)
- Walk: 12.0 miles (commute, neighborhood walk w/Frankie, Pokémon walks w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Bike: 9.9 miles (neighborhood, solo)
- Grand Total: 207.3 miles



Volcano!!
fig buttercup (Ficaria verna)
Week 16.  April 16 - 22, 2017
- Weekly Total: 6.2 miles
- Hike: 1.6 miles (Woodchuck Hill Preserve; neighborhood woods)
- Walk: 4.6 miles (commute, Earth Day clean up w/Frankie)
- Grand Total: 213.5 miles

mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)
"fishing"

Week 17.  April 23 - 29, 2017
- Weekly Total: 10.9 miles
- Hike: 3.7 miles (Great Bear; Beaver Lake)
- Walk: 7.2 miles (commute, neighborhood walk w/Frankie, Onondaga Lake Park)
- Grand Total: 224.4 miles



we walked to the drugstore to get prints made
Onondaga Lake Park
Week 18.  April 30 - May 6, 2017
- Weekly Total: 9.7 miles
- Hike: 1.6 miles (Clark Reservation)
- Walk: 8.1 miles (commute, work, morel foray w/Frankie)
- Grand Total: 234.1 miles

katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)


Week 19.  May 7 - 13, 2017
- Weekly Total: 19.6 miles
- Hike: 9.7 miles (Green Lakes; NCT: Telephone Road to Cheningo Day Use Area)
- Walk: 9.9 miles (commute, morel foray w/Frankie, Pokémon walks w/Erwin and Frankie, Howe Caverns w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Grand Total: 253.7 miles




Week 20.  May 14 - 20, 2017
- Weekly Total: 13.0 miles
- Walk:  miles (commute, walk home from car shop, Pokémon walks w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Grand Total: 266.7 miles





Week 21.  May 21 - 27, 2017
- Weekly Total: 13.0 miles
- Hike:  2.2 miles (Pinery Provincial Park: Riverside & Wilderness Trails)
- Walk: 10.8 miles (commute, neighborhood walks w/Frankie)
- Grand Total: 279.7 miles


Seneca snakeroot (Polygala senega)


Week 22.  May 28 - June 3, 2017
- Weekly Total: 10.4 miles
- Hike: 3.6 miles (Pinery Provincial Park: Cedar and Carolinian Trails)
- Walk: 6.8 miles (commute, Pokémon walk w/Erwin and Frankie, Onondaga Lake Park w/Frankie, Erin, and Alden)
- Grand Total: 290.1 miles




Week 23.  June 4 - 10, 2017
- Weekly Total: 14.1 miles
- Hike: 7.6 miles (FLT/NCT: Baker School House State Forest; Three Rivers)
- Walk: 6.5 miles (commute, Pokémon walk w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Grand Total: 304.2 miles


Week 24.  June 11 - 17, 2017
- Weekly Total: 15.7 miles
- Hike: 2.8 miles (Rocky Mountain, Bald Mountain)
- Walk: 12.9 miles (commute, Munich, Mittenwald)
- Grand Total: 319.9 miles

Fischbrunnen
view of Munich from St. Peter's Church tower


Mittenwald
Week 25.  June 18 - 24, 2017
- Weekly Total: 39.4 miles
- Hike: 23.4 miles (Hoher Kranzberg, Neuschwanstein, Karwendel, Wank, Leutasch Gorge, Nordkette)
- Walk: 16.0 miles (Mittenwald, Neuschwanstein, Innsbruck)
- Grand Total: 359.3 miles

Mittenwald


Innsbruck
Week 26.  June 25 - July 1, 2017
- Weekly Total: 30.2 miles
- Hike: 22.4 miles (Civetta, Lagazuoi, Cinque Torri, Puez-Odle Altopiano)
- Walk: 7.8 miles (Innsbruck, Santa Fosca, Venice)
- Grand Total: 389.5 miles

Goldenes Dachl, Innsbruck
the Giant, Swarovski Kristallwelten
Crystal Cloud, Swarovski Kristallwelten
Labyrinth, Swarovski Kristallwelten
dropping off recyclables on the way to dinner, Santa Fosca
Week 27.  July 2 - 8, 2017
- Weekly Total: 19.0 miles
- Walk: 19.0 miles (Venice, commute, neighborhood walks w/Frankie)
- Grand Total: 408.5 miles






Week 28.  July 9 - 15, 2017
- Weekly Total: 25.4 miles
- Walk: 12.0 miles (commute, Cascadilla Gorge & Cornell w/Erwin and Frankie, neighborhood walks w/Frankie)
- Bike: 13.4 miles (neighborhood, solo)
- Grand Total: 433.9 miles




Week 29.  July 16 - 22, 2017
- Weekly Total: 17.7 miles
- Hike: 4.6 miles (Hoxie Gorge State Forest, Clark Reservation)
- Walk: 13.1 miles (commute, neighborhood walks w/Frankie, Pokémon walks w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Grand Total: 451.6 miles


Week 30.  July 23 - 29, 2017
- Weekly Total: 33.0 miles
- Hike 5.4 miles (Black Bear Mountain)
- Walk: 6.6 miles (commute, Pokémon walk w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Bike: 21.0 miles (neighborhood bikes rides, solo and w/Frankie)
- Grand Total: 484.6 miles


Week 31.  July 30 - August 5, 2017
- Weekly Total: 16.7 miles
- Hike 2.1 miles (Stillwater Mountain Fire Tower)
- Walk: 7.1 miles (commute, neighborhood walk w/Frankie)
- Bike: 7.5 miles (neighborhood bike rides w/Frankie)
- Grand Total: 501.3 miles

Jigglypuff rode on the backpack
waiting for a milkshake

Seneca River
Week 32.  August 6 - 12, 2017
- Weekly Total: 20.1 miles
- Hike 15.8 miles (Butternut Creek Trail, solo; Gothics, Armstrong & Upper Wolf Jaws; Three Rivers)
- Walk: 2.7 miles (commute; walk to Stewart's w/Frankie, Bruce, and Daisy)
- Bike: 1.6 miles (neighborhood bike ride w/Frankie)
- Grand Total: 521.4 miles

Butternut Creek Trail

Week 33.  August 13 - 19, 2017
- Weekly Total: 8.6 miles
- Hike 3.6 miles (Fellows Hill Loop)
- Walk: 0.8 miles (work breaks)
- Bike: 4.2 miles (neighborhood bike ride w/Frankie)
- Grand Total: 530.0 miles

low mileage week due to carpooling these two from camp -- totally worth it!

Week 34.  August 20 - 26, 2017
- Weekly Total: 8.6 miles
- Hike 4.1 miles (work delineation; Great Bear)
- Walk: 4.5 miles (commute, neighborhood walks w/Frankie)
- Grand Total: 538.6 miles

 



Week 35.  August 27 - September 2, 2017
- Weekly Total: 16.0 miles
- Hike 9.4 miles (work survey, Poke-o-Moonshine, Giant)
- Walk: 2.4 miles (commute, neighborhood walk w/Frankie, Lake Placid)
- Bike: 4.2 miles (neighborhood ride w/Frankie)
- Grand Total: 554.6 miles
 




Week 36.  September 3 - 9, 2017
- Weekly Total: 25.0 miles
- Hike 0.9 miles (Beaver Lake)
- Walk: 6.8 miles (commute, neighborhood walks w/Erwin and Frankie)
- Bike: 17.3 miles (neighborhood rides, solo and w/Frankie)
- Grand Total: 579.6 miles



Week 37.  September 10 - 16, 2017
- Weekly Total: 26.8 miles
- Hike 3.0 miles (Green Lakes)
- Walk: 9.3 miles (commute, work: roadside survey)
- Bike: 14.5 miles (neighborhood rides w/Frankie; Erie Canal: Ryder Park to 290 w/Frankie)
- Grand Total: 606.4 miles





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