The Incline in Manitou Springs, Colorado begins at 6600 ft. in elevation and climbs to 8600 ft. in less than a mile. An average grade of around 45% with stretches that hit 68%. It consists of approximately 2744 steps of unevenly spaced railroad ties. It’s a rite of passage for Olympic trainers. If you have a fear of heights, I would think twice about doing this. I heard one guy tell his friend, “Whatever you do, don’t look back down.”
Another guy went up and down it TWICE while we were hiking the trail! Mac & I went slow & steady. Many passed us up. But then we passed some of them as they ran out of steam. So many things went through my mind as we climbed. I asked Mac to stay with me since I knew he could out climb me if he wanted to.
Reminds me of a CR sponsor setting the pace while walking the journey together. Mac kept telling me, “Don’t focus on others passing us up. Focus on one step at a time. We WILL make it to the Summit.”
I noticed some people didn’t have on the wisest choice of attire for the hike, like sandals, blue jeans, slick shoes. Reminds me of our journey in Celebrate Recovery; you need the right tools to be equipped to make it to the “Summit.”
When we were coming back down, some would ask us, “Did you make it to the top? How far do we still have to go?” (They were needing some hope.) We replied, “We made it! It’s amazing at the top! One step at a time. You can do it. It’s worth the hard work.”
When one woman asked how far she still had to go, we had to tell the truth she was 1/4 of the way there. She exclaimed, “Wait what? I’ve already been walking for a long time!”
It was an incredible experience with my man. It took us 1 1/2 hours to get to the top and the same to get back down. Feels good to be sitting in the car now looking for that extra protein bar. 🙂