No Pain No Gain

Looking West at “The Husband” peak

I have finally been able to justify some time to do a post on my recent backpacking trip. It is great to get away from our busy lives but you do pay the price when you return. Here is the link to my Trip Report as submitted to the Portland Hikers Organization. So rather then just talk about my trip I thought I would equate the preparation for a trip like this with any type of event or project preparation. For me this 5 day backpacking trip in the 3 Sisters Wilderness area was a major step up from my occasional overnight trips with my dog. Of course we can look back 20-30 years to when something like this was more common for a younger healthier self, but even then the planning always fell short so the overall experience was not the same.

My words of wisdom are to set your goal, be persistent with commitment. Be flexible when trying to include others who may not have the same commitment. Do diligence in preparation will  pay off. And don’t underestimate what the human body can accomplish especially when survival depends upon it. Or maybe just “No Pain, No Gain“. And be confident that your next adventure will be that much better but no less difficult. Live long and be healthy.

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith has retired. His last position was the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on September 22, 2011, in Backpacking, Oregon and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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