Hike Distance: 6.3 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 335.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 929 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 37383 feet
This is my second day of using a 4mm insert in my hiking boot, and the pain in my back is still fairly bad. Also, it now feels like I’m stepping on a piece of wood with every step of my right foot. It seems like the back issue has switched sides. I guess this must mean that the insert is working, but it just seems like too much pain in my lower back. My next hike I’ll dial back to using a 3mm insert to see if that helps reduce the pain?
On this hike I took it very slowly, and did a large loop around the park. I spent a huge amount of time cutting the ivy around the base of trees. It’s surprising how large some of the feeder roots can be, and I included a photo! I’m really enjoying removing the ivy and feel like I’m making a contribution. I’ve been using a small sickle but feel there must be a better tool to speed up cutting the creeping vines. There’s also a photo of a tree that fell over, possibly caused by the ivy?