Amplified Gear At Amphitheater Lake

Amplified Gear At Amphitheater Lake

JACKSON HOLE, WY.  6:30 am. My family and I pile into the rented van with eyes as hazy as the early morning air. The sun’s rays barely crest the horizon as we make our way into Grand Teton National Park. Today’s destination: Amphitheater Lake.

Though a popular trail among in the Grand Tetons, the hike to Amphitheater Lake is no easy feat. With an elevation gain of nearly 3,000 vertical feet in 4.8 miles, suitable physical shape and proper gear are essential. We check our packs one last time and begin our upwards trek with intensifying excitement and trepidation.

For those of you familiar with steep elevation gains, you know switchbacks quickly become your worst nightmare and your best friend. We zig zag our way up the trail, the view of the eastern prairie is getting increasingly more stunning. Unfortunately for us, about three quarters of the way up, the weather begins to take a turn for the worse. Clouds roll in and the sky darkens; it’s going to rain.

The trouble with rain storms is the potential for lightning; and open trails are not exactly conducive for avoiding strikes.  We breakout our raingear as we approach the lake. Thanks to our Gore-Tex jackets, a bit of water isn’t going to slow us down. So far so good. It’s drizzling but no sign of thunder or lightning.  With the looming clouds above, we have to get a move on.

The view from the top is as incredible as we imagine. Through the opening between two peaks, the eastern prairie lies vastly before us. Even with a thin layer of mist we can see for miles. This was well worth the climb.

A quick loop around the lake and we begin our decent. Racing the storm as we make our way down, the rain is becoming increasingly harder. At last we reach the bottom and pile into our faithful chariot. The resort hot tub is calling our name.  

The Dirty 30

The Dirty 30

The Dirty 30 is a work-out Joe Palmer made up back in 2006 when he first became the Men’s Rowing Coach at Drexel University. The work-out consists of erging, push-ups, sit-ups and squats. So, you set your erg monitor for 300 meters of work and 70 seconds of rest. The work-out goes like this:

  • 300 meter sprint
  • 30 push-ups
  • 300 meter sprint
  • 30 sit-ups
  • 300 meter sprint
  • 30 squats
Repeat this 3 times, and you do 2-3 sets of it. So each set consists of nine total 300 meter sprints, 30 push-up sections, 30 sit-up sections and 30 squat sections. Depending on your fitness level, you want to try and get 2-3 sets complete. The 70 seconds of rest between each 300 meter erg section is when you do your push-ups, sit-ups and squats. This is a very challenging work-out but it will definitely improve your fitness level.  

Ideal Saturday In Ardmore

Ideal Saturday In Ardmore

When practice is done for the day head over to Ardmore for the perfect Saturday afternoon. Take a break and head to Snap Custom Pizza (right outside of the Ardmore Regional Rail stop) for lunch where you can customize your own personal pizzas with a wide variety of fresh ingredients. They build your pizzas right there in front of you, so you know just how fresh it is.

After you've finished your pizzas, take a walk down the street to Tired Hands Brew Cafe. Enjoy the absurd names of the beers on tap and be sure to try sample sizes of every flavor you can. There's something for everyone and it happens to be one of the best breweries in the country, often rated highly for its unique concoctions and top notch quality. 

If that isn't enough, there are plenty of shops in the area and parking is easy to find, so hang out as long as you want.

Snap Custom Pizza
4 Station Road
Ardmore, PA 19003

Tired Hands Brew Cafe
16 Ardmore Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003

Photo taken from tiredhands.com

Super Easy Green Smoothie (For One!)

Super Easy Green Smoothie (For One!)

Nutrition fun facts:
Spinach provides vitamins A, b2, C and K as well as iron, calcium and potassium.
Blueberries contain fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants.
Hemp Hearts are a great source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids.

1/2 cup frozen spinach
1/2 banana
1/4 cup blueberries (or any other berry)
1/2 cup almond / hemp / coconut milk beverage
1 tsp hemp hearts
1 tsp chia seeds

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.