This weekend we wrapped up hiking group 2016 with a repeat of our original 6 hills in 6K hike, plus long reef. The course is designed to be a test of our legs and lunges, and I am pleased to say that everyone managed just fine!
[above photos: we took a “summit pic” at the top of very hill. From left to right; fresh at the start, top of Lindley Ave, top of Clark St, & top of Wetherill St stairs.]
We had a full turn-out minus a couple that were away, which is pretty good considering we also had a hiking group 2016 dinner the night before! In addition, many of us were sore from a full week of training. Mags in particular had trained a full 3 days on sore legs leading up to this hike.
[From left to right; top of Park St, Ramsey St, Alexander St, and Long Reef]
The course takes us down Veterans and Nioka, up the set of stairs to Lindley Ave, down again, up Clark st hill, down again, up Wetherill St, down again, up Park, then down, up Ramsey, down, and up Alexander (then down again!). From here we had a quick break with our Food To Nourish balls – who have sponsored our trip – before completing a loop around long reef, returning up Suffolk Ave stairs then Plateau Rd. It is 11-12K total, about 8K of which is either up or down stairs or steep hills.
After this we had a little picnic in the IntoYou courtyard, a sort-of Hiking Group 2016 wrap party!! We had cider and low-carb beer, Trish’s fresh bruchetta, carrots and hommus. It was very plesent and relaxing and we took the opportunity to nut out a few details for our trip to Nepal on Saturday.
A reminder that we are doing this to raise money for disadvantaged Nepali women. In a society where the disabled are shunned as “bad karma”, and women are undervalued, a disabled women has little to no chance of a decent quality of life. Seven Women train these women in a variety of skills such as felt making, crocheting, etc, then employs them by purchasing their products for sale in Australia and online. The women then use their income to put themselves through numeracy and literacy classes (provided by Seven Women charity), and take what they learned home to teach women they perceive as “worse off”. You can read more about them on their website: http://sevenwomen.org . Seven women will be opening chapters in Indigenous Australia and Africa this year. You can help by purchasing their products from our shop: https://into-you.com.au/shop .
Big thanks to everyone who participated, for being such good company! And a special mention to Trish for helping cater our little party.
Next time you read this we will be on our way to Nepal!