It sounds like Camp Muir, the primary camp on the Disappointment Cleaver route, will be getting an upgrade. This article mentions that it will get a long overdue upgrade on the facilities at the camp. Hopefully complete by the end of June. It also mentions that the camp sees around 500 climbers per day on a typical summer day! We probably won’t be enjoying the summit alone…
I find this to be an interesting article on how psychological stress can trigger “flare-ups” in autoimmune disease activity (click here for link). The article focuses on patients with Wegener’s (my condition). It’s interesting because around Christmas time I was feeling some symptoms of a flare-up, like joint pain and chest tension. They were minor signs, but I had a feeling it was because I had essentially worked 4 weeks in a row and was feeling quite stressed out. It felt like I needed a few days off to decompress and things would probably settle down. Sure enough they did. I certainly have to watch my stress levels carefully, but there’s no doubt stress is a big factor in a lot of illness. In summary, it’s important to ski more and work less.
This is first post on my new blog highlighting my latest adventure. I am embarking on a fundraising adventure. In July 2013 I plan to cycle from my home in North Vancouver to the base of Mount Rainier. My goal is to climb to the summit and descend the peak on skis. This will be a self supported trip, meaning I will carry all my gear with me on my bike. I’m doing this trip to raise money for research of Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases (SARDs). Why SARDs? Well, I suffer from a disease called Wegener’s Granulomatosis which is one of the diseases falling under this classification. It’s a rare disease and I want to increase the general awareness of this disease and other SARDs conditions.
Please stay tuned for updates about the trip, planning, and fundraising over the next 6 months. It’s going to be an exciting adventure. I’m looking forward to achieving this goal with a good group of friends and family joining me for parts, or all of the trip.