Good morning and happy Memorial Day! I hope you guys are getting to enjoy an extra down day from work today!

We spent our weekend hiking at Red Rock. Since moving here, anytime I mention the word ‘hiking’ to anyone, Red Rock always seems to be a headlining suggestion. Red Rock Canyon (Las Vegas, NV), offers 26 hiking trails that range from beginner 1.1-mile trails, to more advanced, unpredictable terrains.

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We began by stopping in at the visitor center to purchase our pass for the day; for a 1-day pass per vehicle, it cost $15. On our next visit, I plan to purchase the yearly pass which is $30, and Wes being active duty military will receive a free yearly pass!

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The scenic drive through the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is 13 miles long. Every couple of miles offers scenic stops and a variety of trailheads.

We began our trek at the top of the White Rock Loop Trail and ventured off down the Keystone Thrust Trail. According to Red Rock Canyon LV, this Thrust dates back 65 million years to when the Pacific and North American continental plates got into a shoving match. The conflict pushed up the Sierra Nevada mountains to the west. The same force pushed the deep limestone layers up and over the sand dunes in what is now Red Rock Canyon.

 

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After our hike, I circled the trails that we tackled and dated it on the map that we picked up at the visitor center, and thought to myself, “there must be an easier way to track trails that we’ve trekked” (say that 3X). I noticed when looking through our photos that REI.com was on one of the trail markers. If you have ever participated in anything outdoors or searched #hiking or #adventure on Instagram, then you are familiar with REI.

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I searched for “hiking trails” on the REI website which led me to The Hiking Project. I typed in Las Vegas, NV and the trails surrounding us are nearly endless! The desktop version was nice because it allowed for statewide maps and it also lets you hone in on specific trails, which included the degree of difficulty, elevation, and estimated duration.

I also downloaded the Hiking Project App that provides detailed information on trails near you, including GPS route info. I created a customized user profile with interactive features. I tagged myself in at the location, as well as, pinned my very first trail!

 

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If you are a Las Vegas local looking for adventure or simply visiting, I suggest hiking the rolling trails of Red Rock Canyon.

I also recommend downloading The Hiking Project App, or visiting their web address to participate in interactive forums, read informative blog posts and stay up to date on newly discovered trails!

Happy Hiking!!

 

I was super stoked to get home this afternoon and begin this blog!
As I continue to shake things up with my cardio, I want to share one of my all-time favorite “active-rest” day activities, that I have incorporated the last two weeks, hiking.

Hiking is a minimalist sport; it requires a decent pair of shoes, and if venturing out on longer adventures, a camelback or perhaps a fanny-pack (and who doesn’t appreciate a good fanny pack). It’s one of those activities that relatively anyone, at any fitness level can benefit from. You don’t need to go hard-core rugged to reap the many benefits of hiking.

Last weekend, Wes and I decided to explore the terrain of Lone Mountain. This rocky butte is a steep, and isolated mountain (hence its name), in NW Las Vegas just inside the Interstate-215. From our house to the base of the mountain is (not even) a ten-minute drive. We parked on the Northwest Side, and little did we know that the trail we needed to get to was opposite of the direction we headed. When we got to the trail that heads to the top, we realized we had already hiked the perimeter of the entire mountain, which was about 3 miles. With plans to have dinner with a friend later in the evening, we decided to call it a day and save the uphill climb for trip #2.

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Fast forward to this morning; we headed out to hike to the top. We left the house around 9am, and it was a perfect 75 degrees. While I would rate the hike last week as a beginner trail, I would rate today’s climb as moderate, due to the rocky terrain, loose gravel, and incline; however, the climb to the top was relatively quick. The view was incredible! (shared on my IG story: tiffanymitchellmull)

I get distracted by all of the cacti everywhere.
The hike today was definitely more intense, but when comparing the calories burned to the ground distance covered (shown below), it is obvious that an individual will benefit greatly from either level of intensity.

 

Walking on flat terrain allows you to move continuously with little effort, whereas, hiking a rugged terrain forces greater work on the internal stabilizer muscles, which ultimately knocks out a lot of that energy transfer. Hiking, of course, isn’t without its own risks, but personally, I find it not only to be a great cardiovascular exercise but excellent for mental clarity.

 

Navigating through this world is truly amazing! Go for a hike!

Today I completed the Reebok Super Spartan in the mountains of South Korea. It was absolutely, hands down the hardest race I have EVER taken part in. I loved every minute!
This was the first race I have ever taken part in that didn’t have designated water stops. You would occasionally see a gourd dipper laying at the foot of a flowing stream down the mountainside, but out of fear of shitting my pants, I passed after one sip.

I remember listening to the sound of my heartbeat and trying to match each beat with a step and telling myself to just keep going. As I made my way over the second 10ft wall, I was informed that I was the first female- that’s all I needed to hear. I wasn’t letting anyone pass me! First overall female in my heat, AROO!!

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