Workout With a View

Are you the kind of person that appreciates a view while you work out?

While I'm sure lots of us would prefer to wake up every morning and spend the day in the mountains, sometimes that's just not an option.  But if you live in LA, that doesn't mean that you have to content yourself with grey streets or a musty gym.  We are lucky enough to have lots of great outdoor spaces to keep in mountain shape.  One of the best is right in the middle of the city.  Welcome to Baldwin Hills Scenc Overlook, just off of Jefferson Blvd. 

You can take either the longer, winding, 1.25 mile path, or the steep 282 steps straight to the top. Either way, once you get there, you'll be rewarded with a great view of the city. Rinse and repeat!

Bonus: Zoom in on the photo and see if you can find the Hollywood Sign.  

Alpine Starts

What the hell is wrong with us that makes us willing get out of a warm, cozy, soft bed at 3:30am on a Saturday and leave a beautiful, naked, pregnant wife behind to spend a day sweating, struggling, panting, bitching and complaining, to climb up through fields of scree and ice just to reach the top of some mountain?

Whenever my friends or family ask me such questions, I always have a hard time answering. Is it for the pictures of the beautiful vistas that only those who toil on foot to wild places can reach? Sometimes. Is it for that sense of accomplishment, the mental peace and calm you find in the mountains, and in sheer physical exhaustion at the end of the day? That's definitely part of it. Is it so you can enjoy that decadent cheeseburger with Caramelized bacon that the previously mentioned beautiful pregnant wife has waiting for you without any sense of guilt whatsoever? You're damn right!

But even deeper than all that... The mountains just become part of your identity. When you can't lose yourself in them, you start to lose yourself for real. The pain, sweat, and exhaustion are just part of the price you pay to claim your own soul. 

Why do you climb?

For more info on the 52 Hike Challenge, go to 52hikechallenge.comThank you to Luke Bearl from adventureswithluke.com for inviting us to join and film his hiking group this weekend.