|View east from East San Bernardino|
Much of the course will be a focused, fast hike. But I’m calling 24in24 a “run” because in order to complete it within 24 hours I’ll need to run every place possible—for me, the flat sections and [runnable] downhill slopes. You might ask where the heck I dreamed this course up. Part of my inspiration came from Evan Welsh’s great trek of last year, a Tale of Two Ridgelines (bagging 18 peaks in 18.5 hours). Evan has since moved east, but while he was here he shared the local mountains that he loved with a great many folks through his job as Preserve Manager for the Oak Glen, Bearpaw, and Bluff Lake Preserves of The Wildlands Conservancy.
Here's what I propose to you, dear reader: Look to yourself and find your challenge, your Epic challenge, what you believe you can do with your greatest effort, and then do it. Write it down, consider it, refine and define it, and then do it. What's YOUR Epic? Why not consider pushing yourself to an Epic Endeavor for Epic Landscapes? I promise you will not be disappointed…quite the opposite, you’ll be enriched. The Wildlands Conservancy preserves the beauty and biodiversity of great places, free to the public, and is devoted to providing children with opportunities to enjoy and learn from the wonder of nature. Be sure to connect your epic to a great cause outside of yourself. Stir the pot of inspiration inside others; get them to sponsor your epic endeavor by giving support to that other cause. The circle is thus complete: you give yourself over to a great challenge which in turn inspires others to give to a good cause that in turn gives back. This is the art of giving, the circle of life.
As I complete this particular circle, the Epic4Epic, I want to ask that you think for a spell on what your Epic could be, and consider offering an Epic endeavor for Epic landscapes, the heroic places The Wildlands Conservancy stewards.
Please contact me with your questions and comments. Let’s meet up for a good walk.
Future Epic4Epics for Paul:
Run across the Mohave
Run the Santa Ana River Trail
Run Oak Glen Preserve trails for 24 hours straight
Redlands Runaround (every street in Redlands, at one time)