This weekend Mike, Lance (an ICO river trip leader), and I took the younger river guide recruits out backpacking in order to give them some leadership training. This is one of those things that Mike excels at, and I get to come along on a trip into the outdoors. Of course I also get to pick up some leadership training myself as I'm actually part of the adult group, and Mike is there to force me to actually lead some of the circles.
We had some real fun with the kids on the hike up and around, and I definetly found it to be a good learning experience. At the very least, I learned that there's some nice backpacking in Livermore in the spring. But it was also a great deal of fun to be getting towards the end of the hike on Saturday (after about 6 horizontal miles and 2000 vertical feet), and I still had energy while the 16 and 17 year olds where dragging considerably. Whoo-Hoo!
And my calves today have finally stopped screaming at me enough to make it back to the gym. Going with a couple of people who had previous knee injuries made me hyper aware of possible dangers to my knees when walking up or down the hill, so I spent a lot of time with my weight on my calves to reduce shock to my legs. Apparently that was a great deal of effort for those muscles, but it's all good now, and climbing last night went really well so I'm happy.