Sunday, April 20, 2008

Hiking into peak condition

Read this article the other day. Interesting.
Climb up the mountain and you clear the fat from your blood. Hike down and you lower your blood sugar. Go in either direction and you reduce your "bad" cholesterol.

These were the conclusions of a study of 45 normally sedentary people who hiked in the Austrian Alps three to five times a week. Blood samples taken after each trip were matched against samples taken before the study started.

If you’re too unfit or weak to scale the peaks, walking downhill still protects against cardiovascular disease and diabetes, says study leader Heinz Drexel, M.D., of the Vorarlberg Institute for Vascular Investigation and Treatment in Feldkirch, Austria. He reported on the study at the 2004 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Clearing starts on the Sun Road

Glacier Park started clearing the Going-to-the-Sun road. Here is a recent photo. Look at all that snow!

Garrett Cheen / Daily Interlake
A snowplow clears the lower section of Going-to-the-Sun-Road above Lake McDonald on Wednesday in Glacier National Park. Crews, who started clearing snow Tuesday, said they hoped to have the road cleared to the Avalanche Creek trailhead by the end of Wednesday.

I've been getting emails from friends that there is lots of snow in western Montana. Here in North Dakota where I am right now, the snow is gone and it is dry. Too dry. The Souris River through Minot got no runoff this Spring.