Just another day at the office yesterday. Well, actually, anything but. For research purposes, a small group of us went on a hike yesterday to test some Trail product. For those of you who don’t know me, but read this blog (do you exist? I hope so!), you might not know that I work for a large Outerwear company based here in the Pacific Northwest. Because of this job, on occasion I get to go on fun excursions where we “test” product. Or “team build“. It’s one of the great perks, for sure! When the person who planned yesterday’s hike sent out an email that said “We’re heading to Saddle Mountain…5.2 miles, 1600 ft. elevation gain”, those numbers meant absolutely nothing to me since I don’t hike. But now I can expertly translate them to mean this “We’re heading to Saddle Mountain…prepare to have your butt kicked!” It was the most intense climb I have ever endured. It is a very gradual climb to the top, zig-zagging it’s way up the mountain. The views are breathtaking, the landscape is nature at it’s best. How much more cliche can I get here? Seriously, if you are any sort of outdoorsy person, I HIGHLY recommend this day hike. It took us almost two hours to get to the top. I think I was about 10 minutes behind the rest of the group, taking frequent breaks to slow down my heart rate and catch my breath. But we were in no hurry, so it wasn’t stressful at all. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make the last leg of it because it was so steep. But then I came upon an older couple, probably in their late 60’s, who live in Astoria and have admired the mountain’s peak from their home. They didn’t know what was in store for them, but they were taking their time as well. I figured if they could do it, certainly I could. Especially when the man said “you have youth on your side!” By golly, he’s right! And so I did it. I made it to the top, 3, 283 ft. above sea level. And it was well worth it.
Should I mention that a couple months ago, someone was killed by falling on Saddle Mountain? I guess I can mention it now, since it’s after the fact and I myself survived. But I can see how easily this could happen. It is not a mountain to joke around on. He was apparently trying to get the “perfect picture” and lost his footing. So please, if you do choose to hike this mountain, or any mountain for that matter, BE SMART! My Iphone took these pictures, and I stayed firmly planted on the trail. They look pretty sweet to me!