Cradle was fantastic.
I had decided that I was going to do it. I was going to get over my hatred of anything vaguely hilly and just climb the damn thing. I didn't do any training, we were just at my parents place near Devonport and I said "Let's do Cradle tomorrow" so we did.
It took 8 hours I think from memory. We took the steep but short track up Marions lookout and that was tough. Then there was mostly flat until the mountain. had lunch at Kitchen hut. the mountain was all covered in cloud and yuck, so we didn't know if we'd continue but after lunch the clouds parted for us (see, even the weather encourages us to get fitter!) and we climbed the mountain. That was another steep, hard slog, like Marions again, but with boulder hopping. Nobody expected me to get to the top, but I did, and I was so proud!
Coming down was worse than going up in my opinion. i got stuck climbing down one rock and panicked. Then coming down Marions, it was so steep my little tootsies were all squished to the top of my shoe and I got the worst blisters!! The next few days were very sore. I expected the legs, but my arms were also really bad from the boulder hopping.
All in all though, it was a fantastic trip. Saw some amazing scenery and achieved a great goal!
35kg lost. (November 2005 - October 2006)
15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
Back to the drawing board - Let's do this thing!
"You can't change the winds, but you can change the sails"
"Reach out and take control of what lands in your lap"