Thursday, December 30, 2010

Climbing Pike's Peak in PA

Not Pittsburgh.
Christmas was spent in snowy Pittsburgh this year, home of the Steelers and my wife's extended family.  Trips to "the Burgh" are mostly a whirlwind of activity that makes sprinting through the Atlanta airport with our Wiener Dog in a backpack, trying to make our flight connection seem like a relaxing break.  This year, in four days we squeezed in a snowboarding trip, Christmas Day at two different locations (made dinner for 12 at Heidi's mom's), three shopping trips, dinner with Kim (Great to finally meet her! Immediate friend.), and a partridge in a pear tree.  Oh, and the Cathedral of Learning.

Our makeshift mountain.
Heidi, her sister Ange and I were able to get in our trademark workout in the University of Pittsburgh's extremely tall tower.  We have climbed the 36 story edifice for a workout once before, so this year, with a some simple google research, we decided to create a new goal for the day.  Each climb equates to 440ft straight up, so with some simple division we figured out that 12.5 climbs would equate to 5,500ft - the prominence of Pike's Peak, in Colorado. 

So, long story short, we climbed a lot of stairs.  Two and half hours later, we were at the top of what would have been one of the most majestic mountains in Colorado Springs.  Instead we had a lovely view of snowy downtown Pittsburgh.  But hey, the Rocky Mountains don't have handrails.

1 comment:

  1. That is a great workout! Now, come to Colorado Springs and do the Pikes Peak Ascent in August! :)


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