NOTE: None of the photographs can be used without written permission from Cordell Andersen.
Click below for previous post of choice for 2015:
Backpack #3-2015: Backpack #3-2015-Henry's Fk Trailhead-Ambush by "SILENT KILLER"--attempt at "Little Andy Lake"-Meet friend: "YOU'RE DEAD!"
Backpack #2a-2015: From Uinta R. Trailhead-Robert's Pass-Atwood Trail Rider Pass & "Little Andy Lake"
NEW UPDATE: January 29, 2016:IN THE ...STRATEGY SECTION
My effort to get to "Little Andy Lake" going up Henry's Fork...failed.... as I was ambushed by a silent killer...check the photo/essay for important details that can SAVE LIVES! Here are explained the outcome & future plans as.....
...I WON'T GIVE UP...EASILY!
AT THE END OF THE BACKPACK....
... I finally made it to the comfort and luxury of my earthly mansion, and was back with my faithful buddy, "Wilson." I was grateful ....for the success of the trip--running into Teresa, and acquiring wonderful new friends, and having backpacked about 20 miles in the 3 days, even though not reaching my goal .....
First I made the mistake of thinking that one of you young bucks out there would have to get to "Little Andy Lake," photograph it and get the report to me...BIG MISTAKE!
Hold off....I'M GOING TO DO IT IN 2016 WHEN I'M 80 YEARS OLD! Read on to see how.
So, for all of you..
...my HIGH UINTA FRIENDS, where did the failure leave me?
For the rest of this season I will focus more on the research and writing aspects of the Project, and for the future accept that the time is fading for "heavy duty backpacks,"--
EXCEPT FOR THIS ONE IN 2016!
Normal backpacking must continue--as it has so far held at bay the "peripheral neuropathy" that was trying to cripple me....and of course also "old age," so...
...you'll have to wait a while longer for me "to grow old!"
So have to keep alive, and in shape..
....for at least ONE MORE YEAR, and so I'll continue to scare the heck out of the residents of American Fork by walking around for the next 9 months with what some of them think is a 40 lb. "explosive vest," like you see below. I'll do my darndest to make the third attempt "the charm!"
Click below for important discovery & solution
MY STRATEGY FOR
--a worn out old 80 year old--
1. Work out every day, no matter the weather conditions- -extreme weather is especially strengthening-- to even get stronger by the 2016 Backpacking Season. From Feb. on prepare for Half Marathon mentioned next, plus get ready for backpacking...so, the program now is, in addition to "compound weight exercise training," go every day with 40 lb. weighted vest, doing a type of "interval training," by jogging/walking beginning
>1st with 30 yards....then walk 30 yards, and repeat 5 times;
NOTE: The first time my legs were sore.
>Two days later 10 repetitions,
>then 15 repetitions, neither day followed by soreness.
>Then on 7th day jog with no weight.
>2nd week continue to gradually increase repetitions, & eventually lengthen the distances, and pick up the pace.
2. The DAILY WORKOUT now, as explained in 1. includes getting ready to compete with the Kenyans....after an 8 year layoff, in the International Half Marathon in Coban, Guatemala on May 22nd....and be the only 80 year old to do it....SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS from the GUATEMALAN FOUNDATION website.
3. Lose another 10-15 lbs. of body weight--you know...get rid of the "bread belly"-- and be down to my weight at 30 yrs. old
4. Apply faithfuly all the secrets in my ANTI-AGING CHALLENGE writing to be even younger and stronger in 2016......
...........Be 80, look like 60, and feel like 30!
5. Backpacking gear will basically be the same as I believe I have the optimum, except I will use light weight trail running shoes.
6. Reduction of weight strategies will include:
a. Photo equipment weight reduction as used in the Henry's Fk. backpack, reducing 4 lbs. from normal waist pack & equip. and 2 lbs. reduction with no tripod...total reduction 6 lbs.
b. No backpack stove/butane, reducing 1 lb. ;
c. Food will all be high protein/fat drinks, plus supplements/vit/minerals only requiring adding water--no cooking, reducing 5 lbs. for 8 days; Note: Of course I'll have fail-proof fire starter, aluminum foil & salt shaker.... to cook fish if needed.
d. No Colt .45 Defender, reducing 2 lbs. (no need in a high traffic area)
TOTAL REDUCTION OF WEIGHT FROM NORMAL LOAD FOR 8 DAY BACKPACK = 14 lbs.
That will have my total load around 35 lbs. for 8 days, including my Nikon camera & fish-eye lens.
7. Sufficient food to make possible ample time for high altitude acclimatization.... enough for at least 8 days to not only make it to "Little Andy Lake," but also achieve exploration of George Beard Basin, & fishing one more time in Beard Lake, and U-75 where I have hooked record brook trout, plus maybe one more try at Cliff Lake and "the alligator-like swirl" attempt at my lure--the greatest ever experienced in fresh water! From a native cutthroat trout.
8. Prescription "Diamox" to help accelerate acclimatization;
9. Extra supplements to strengthen my body's ability to handle stress and altitude .
10. Always have emergency survival items like:
*****Satellite phone*****SPOT Tracker******
Emergency Medical items for heart emergencies, emergency antibiotic, etc.
11. Last, but not least, my buddy Ted Packard insists on going with me. I think he's afraid I'm just getting too old for this kind of youthful fun.
As you can see this area is all above timberline so I will likely have to wait until mid-July as otherwise a lake at 12,302 ft. would be frozen over still.
Let me know what you think....in the meantime....
From the Guatemalan Foundation website:
Last of all the ANNOUNCEMENT
The successful flurry of donation activity at the end of 2015, is making possible the Foundation doing something that was done for quite a few years after we returned to the U.S. in 2002, but not possible in recent years. I'm referring to an "inspection trip" to Guatemala each year, which also made possible me participating in the Coban International Half Marathon in May, completing 14 consecutive years of competing against the Kenyans!
That's of course is a joke...but I did always make it to the finish line. The race has grown incredibly from 2,500 runners to now 8,000, plus thousands more that participate without a number...bringing the total to around 15,000, an incredible sight of color filling the narrow streets of Coban.
I will be the oldest, at 80, who is a "cancer & heart attack survivor" who has 3 screws holding together his football ankle, a titanium motorcyle knee, and a titanium hip, in the race, and will have the Kenyans quaking in their running shoes! Likely, "quaking" with laughter!
I will be able to say "hello" and "goodbye" to all of our brothers and sisters, and return with video and photographs to produce an interesting YouTube video or two, plus worthwhile newsletters to finish off our
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY YEAR