Oct 2, 2016
I'm having a hard time coping with getting older. Last year, I dealt with a bone bruise (sesamoid) on my left foot and a nagging hip twinge (due to weak adductors). Having dealt with the previous problems, I've got a new one to my right foot (probably cuboid syndrom). Knowing the doctor is going to tell me to stay off it, I thought I'd quickly get in a shorter hike before I'm told not to.
So, to recognize my geezer status, I took my first steps toward acceptance and chose to dress more age appropriately. I selected some comfy brown corduroy slacks, a stylish hat, and my favourite spectacles. And then I set off to visit the lovely but frigid Lady Peak.
The snow line starts at 1,900m (none on Cheam as it receives far more sun).
Once I topped out, I finally got some sunshine. It wasn't too warm yet though, so I had to put on a cardigan.
Having ascended in a pair of soft loafers, I still had to return. There was about a centimetre of fresh snow on everything, so some of the ledges were a bit sketchy.
Sure enough, after carefully picking my way back down, I took a spill on safe ground once I started relaxing and not paying attention. Fortunately, I didn't break any brittle bones, and carried on with an uncharacteristically spry pace. I checked out the connector trail to the Cheam-Lady col, then returned down the main trail.
A final look back at the lovely Lady.
Just under 9km return including detour
I was the first vehicle up in the morning. Being old means getting up at 5am to pee, so I just stayed up. By the time I was leaving though, the lot was full, and a continuous stream of big shiny pick-ups were making their way up the road.
<the real story is I didn't have any of my hiking gear with me - I did manage to scavenge a borrowed backpack at least>