– Ben Martens

I Conquered Gravity

On Saturday, Tim and I hiked up to the top of Tiger Mountain along the West Tiger #3 trail. I’ve read about it online and it’s often mentioned as one of the most popular hikes in the area. Tiger is the mountain (large hill) that stares you in the face as you get off of I-90 on exits 17 or 18 and when you leave my house and head down Trossachs Blvd. There are over 80 miles of trails on Tiger Mountain, but the trail we hiked was 2.5 miles and 2000 vertical feet one way.

As we started the hike, my macho goal was to not suggest any breaks and wait for Tim to get tired first. That lasted for about 5 minutes. I’m really out of shape after being on the doctor-ordered rest for 3+ months. It took us an hour and fifteen minutes to get to the top and forty five minutes to get down. We’ll see how much that time improves by the end of the summer.

Oh and this magnificent hiking is less than 15 minutes from my house. It’s just one of the many reasons I’m happy I live “way out there.”