Hi everyone! Marcus Forte here.
We’re now just a little over a week away from the Pinnacle hike! I hope you’ve been following some of the posts on here and you have been working those hiking legs and build a nice endurance base for the Appalachian Mountains. No, we’re not hiking the Rockies here, but we will be moving vertically at a slow, steady pace. While you won’t need a harness or fixed ropes to get up this mountain, you will need some good lungs and strong legs.
Let’s put it in perspective. Our starting point at the Hamburg Reservoir is a mere 755 feet above sea level. The Pinnacle, our destination as well as Berks county’s highest point reaches 1680 feet. The distance between these two points is about 4.5 miles which means we’ll climb approximately 205ft per mile on average. Now, here’s the good news. The Appalachian Mountains are not known for their steep peeks so much as slow-rolling hills. This means it will be a very slow climb with a lot minor ups and downs (Kind of like life). In fact, other than a nice warm-up slope out of the reservoir, our only “real” climb happens around mile 2. Here, the trail moves upward rather swiftly to our first stop, Pulpit Rock at1532ft. From there it’s a nice steady hike to the Pinnacle.
For the next week, I’d suggest the following:
1-2 miles of jogging or walking per day with 1-2 days of hills. For the day or days you walk hills, find one near your house that’s reasonably sloped. If you can’t find a good hill, your stairs will do just fine. Walk up and down a few times just to get a feel for the upward movement. If you want to challenge yourself, fill a backpack with water bottles and a jacket when you perform your hill routine.
Tomorrow I’ll post a final equipment check so you have the weekend to shop, and we’ll see you on the trails next Saturday!!
Markus Forte is “The” IT Director and is also master beer brewer. He has many talents including a master public speaker. He can train people how to be social and look out for Mark’s announcements on this subject matter. -SjC