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52 Hike Challenge - I'm a finisher!

When I started the 52 Hike Challenge on the 1st of January 2017, I mainly did it because I wanted to force myself to be more outdoors. This was the main reason, but I also hoped to maybe loose some weight, gain fitness and feel more confident in the mountains.

 

In one of my last posts I told you about how the challenge was going so far and which additional goals I had set for me. Since I have finished my 52nd hike last Saturday, I think it's time to review all the hikes and to see whether I could reach my goals!

 

I did my 52 hikes in only 3 countries, mainly in France and Switzerland and I did most of them on the weekends, although I also spent a long summer vacation in Corsica.

 

In total, I have hiked 609,18km and I think you could say it has really changed my life. I feel much more confident in the mountains, I have improved my hiking skills (which means I feel better in difficult sections), but most important: I learned that, if I work hard for my goals, I can achieve them. Sounds pretty easy, but sometimes it's just good to really see how you achieve your goals and being on top of Noirmont on Saturday, with my medal around my neck made me so proud!!!

Now, I actually wanna know, whether I can go even further, so I will try to add some more hikes this year! #letsgogirls #beyond52

 

All Hikes

January

01. Les Praz - 01.01.2017 - 10,8km

02. Refuge de Loriaz - 02.01.2017 - 9km

03. Grand Montrond - 05.01.2017 - 7,1km

04. Le Vuarne - 06.01.2017 - 8,4km

05. Circuit de la Grange - 14.01.2017 - 6,7km

06. Ferme du Colomban - 15.01.2017 - 7km

 

February

07. Petit Montrond - 04.02.2017 - 5,1km

08. Argentière - 05.02.2017 - 6,7km

09. Petit Montrond - 11.02.2017 - 8,7km

10. La Dôle - 12.02.2017 - 9,1km

 

March

11. Obernünenen - 03.03.2017 - 5,5km

12. Fuchses Schwyberg - 04.03.2017 - 10,6km

13. Grand Montrond - 11.03.2017 - 10,2km

14. Le Turet - 12.03.2017 - 5,5km

 

April

15. Chalet La Floria - 01.04.2017 - 6,9km

16. Les Diablerets - 02.04.2017 - 6,4km

17. Le Cubly belvedere - 17.04.2017 - 13,6km

18. Col de Soladier - 22.04.2017 - 10,6km

19. Mont Tendre - 30.04.2017 - 24km

 

May

20. Lignon - 07.05.2017 - 11,1km

21. Stockhorn - 21.05.2017 - 17,33km

22. Männlichen - 25.05.2017 - 19km

23. First/Große Scheidegg - 26.05.2017 - 22km

24. Alpiglen/Gletscherschlucht - 27.05.2017 - 16,07km

25. Kleine Scheidegg/Alpiglen - 28.05.2017 - 18,04km

 

June

26. La Dôle - 10.06.2017 - 11,15km

27. Gorges de l'Areuse - 11.06.2017 - 11,18km

28. Brevent - 17.06.2017 - 16,54km

29. Mer de Glace - 18.06.2017 - 12,58km

 

July

August

31. Bella Tola/Rothorn - 02.08.2017 - 15,78km

32. Lac du Touno - 03.08.2017 - 15,83km

33. Lac de Lona - 04.08.2017 - 14,03km

34. Chalet La Floria - 13.08.2017 - 6,19km

35. La Pierre-Percée - 18.08.2017 - 8,04km

36. Punta di Manna Mulina - 23.08.2017 - 17,08km

37. Capu Pertusato - 24.08.2017 - 9,8km 

38. Paliri Cabin - 26.08.2017 - 9,51km

39. Passerelle Russulinu - 27.08.2017 - 14,84km

40. Monte Cintu - 28.08.2017 - 19,32km

41. Bocca â Stazzona - 29.08.2017 - 9,05km

42. Evisa/Spelunca Canyon - 31.08.2017 - 13,02km

 

September

43. Capu Rosso - 01.09.2017 - 8,27km

44. Brunni-Alp - 07.09.2017 - 11,75km

45. Lavaux - 16.09.2017 - 12,54km

46. Lac Vert - 30.09.2017 - 9,49km

 

 

October

November

51. Chalet La Floria/Sentier des Gardes - 04.11.2017 - 12,42km

52. Le Noirmont - 18.11.2017 - 11,15km

 

"Minimal standards" & additional goals

For the Challenge I had set myself some minimal standards, as well as some additional goals. To count the hikes for the Challenge I had chosen 4 requirements:

  1. every hike is at least 1,6km (=1 mile)
  2. every hike is measured with my GPS, so I will be able to see the profile in the end
  3. every hike is noted within my hiking log
  4. every hike includes taking at least one picture of myself and everyone hiking with me

In addition, I wanted to manage three extra goals:

  • hike at least 520km during the challenge, meaning the average of each hike is 10km
  • finish the challenge before 01.12.2017
  • include several hikes that are really challenging for me (climbing sections, high peaks etc.)

Finally I hiked 609,18km, so an average of 11,71km. I finished the Challenge on the 18.11.2017 and I had several challenging hikes included.

 So all in all, I would consider the 52 Hike Challenge as a big success. I am wondering, should I do it again next year? Or should I try to find another challenge? My winter challenge will definitely be to learn how to ski...


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