I read that if you are traveling alone and plan to hike, check out what the Sierra Club is doing in the area. So when I was planning my visit to see my son race his mountain bike in Moab, I discovered a Sierra Club service trip in Canyonlands volunteering for the National Park Service.
Go to https://content.sierraclub.org/outings/trip-type/service-volunteer to see what other trips they have. I highly recommend them. We camped for a week, had our food cooked for us, built fences, took wonderful hikes in uncrowded areas of the park, had campfire conversations, and enjoyed working and socializing together as a group of 15.
But why I am including this in my blog is because my body did just fine digging 30” holes in sandstone manually, carrying awkward and sometimes heavy loads of pine and juniper, lifting ice chests full of beer, and scrambling on rocks. I am no spring chicken, but my body did not suffer.
I added a bit to my training a month before the trip and it paid off. Normally I swim twice a week, walk or jog slowly 4-5 times a week and do weights twice a week for about 30 minutes. I added:
3 sets of 10 squats with a kettle bell
3 sets of 10 lunges on each side
3 sets of 5 single straight leg hand touch on each side
Because my legs were stronger, I had better posture and very little discomfort in the back and knees. The gym workouts do pay off!
Check out the Sierra Club and stay strong my friends.