Trainer Ali’s Level 2 Hiking Challenge & Saddleback Peak Qualifier, June 25th

Welcome to OC FIT BODY BOOT CAMP 2017 Level 2 Hiking Challenge! We are excited to finally kick this series off with a local favorite, Santiago Peak (Saddleback Mountain) on June 25th.  Last year we challenged ourselves with some massive peaks and everyone who tried, succeeded!

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This year, our Level 1 series conquered some really cool hikes including theHollywood Sign, Echo Mountain, Potato Chip Rock, Peter’s Canyon, Whiting Ranch, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park and we will finish our series off with Bridge to Nowhere on July 9th. In just six hikes, our level I series has hiked over 47 miles!!

PLEASE NOTE: Saddleback Peak will be a qualifying hike to participate in the Level 2 Hiking Challenge and Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hike. Hikers MUST complete a timed hike pacer qualifier in order to be included into Level 2.

Fee is $25 to continue from Level 1 to Level 2, or $75 for Level 2 only with qualification.

  • Level 2 will be a strenuous series of hikes. This level is designed to challenge you, continue your quest toward healthy living, discover new outdoor locations, provide a safe environment to learn back country skills and give you the confidence to conquer more adventures on your own.  YOU CAN DO THIS!! 
  • Please NOTE: Due to the strenuous nature of the hikes, hikers MUST complete a qualifying hike to join the Level 2 Hiking Challenge.
  • Don’t worry, if you have hiking experience, you should be fine.

*Due to permitting issues and other circumstances, some hikes/ dates have been changed from their original date/location. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused with your personal calendars.

Level 2 Hike Series: 

June 25 – Santiago Peak (Saddleback Mountain) 17 miles, +/- 4,500 ft elev. gain

July 30 – Mt. Wilson 14 miles, +/- 4,000 ft elev. gain

August 27 – Black Star Canyon to Beeks Place 17 miles +/- 4,400 ft elev. gain

September 10 – San Gorgonio 18 miles, +/- 5,800 ft elev. gain (permit pending)

October 13-16 – Grand Canyon National Park Rim to Rim Hike 24 miles, +/- 10,000 gain/loss (See further info below)

November 26 – Irvine Ranch Open Space Distance Hike 25 miles, +/- 3,000 ft gain/loss 

Fee: $75 per person

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**Payments will hold your qualifying spot for Saddleback Peak on June 25th. Refunds for not qualifying or if you are continuing from Level 1 to Level 2 your payment will be refunded accordingly.

Level 2 Hike #1         **RSVP Required**

Santiago Peak (Saddleback) 

The trail head is at the end of Holy Jim Road in Trabuco Canyon. We will follow the Holy Jim Trail to Main Divide Trail toward Santiago Peak. Holy Jim up to the Main Divide is mostly shaded with some exposed sections. This hike will be a slow ascent with over 4,500′ elevation gain. Past the divide, along Upper Holy Jim is very exposed and will be the hottest section of the trail. There are radio towers at the peak and some trees for shade, but not a lot. We will be moving at a quick pace stopping 2-3 times for a few minutes each on the way up. There is a port-a-pottie at the trail head, but I wouldn’t recommend using it. There are no other facilities at the parking lot.

A National Forest Adventure Pass ($5 at Big 5 Sports) is required to park at the trail head. The road to the parking lot is long and very bumpy. Low riding vehicles are not recommended. Don’t leave anything valuable visible in your car and make sure it’s all locked up.

Trail Description:

5,689 feet high

17 miles

+/- 4500’ elevation gain/loss

About 6-1/2 to 7 hours

Dogs – No

Difficulty: Strenuous

Directions:

From Boot Camp, exit the parking lot and turn right on Pauling. Turn left on Portola Parkway, then left on Glen Ranch (past Oakley). Turn left on El Toro Road, then turn right on Live Oak Canyon Road (at Cooks Corner). Pass O’Neil Regional Park and turn left just past the creek onto Holy Jim Road. Follow Holy Jim road all the way until it dead ends into the trail head/ National Forest parking lot. (just past the Holy Jim Fire Station).

Here is the Google link: https://tinyurl.com/y7xf7qhn

Meet & Travel:

Carpool meet at Boot Camp at 5am. We will leave at 5:15am SHARP!  Step off will be at 6:15am. Parking fee is $5 per vehicle with an Adventure Pass. Carpooling is recommended. Please let Adam (714.277.9023) know if you are going to carpool or meet at the trail head.

 

Weather:

The weather is unpredictable, but you can expect it to be very warm! Dress in layers with wicking material. Avoid cotton.

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Gear List:

For all Level 2 hikes, it is highly recommended that you carry the 10 essentials. One example is located here:  https://socalhiker.net/the-ten-essentials/

Being prepared for the back country travel is very important.

Make sure you have basics:

  • Water (4+ liters plus electrolytes)
  • Fuel (enough for 8 hours of strenuous activity)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sturdy Shoes (light hiking shoes preferred)
  • Hiking Poles (optional)
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Cell phone with spare battery
  • Flashlight (headlamp preferred)
  • Whistle

Rules, Alerts and Notices:

Cleveland National Forest Alerts: https://tinyurl.com/y8rp6um9

AFTER HIKE GET TOGETHER: For those interested, we will meet for dinner after the hike at Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria in Rancho Santa Margarita. Time is TBD depending what time we get done with the hike. Please join us if you can! Link and info: http://www.selmaschicagopizzeria.com/


HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE,HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE,HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE

The importance of staying hydrated in the mountains:http://tinyurl.com/hx35wb7

PLEASE NOTE: Group size will have to be limited on some of the National Forest hikes due to permitting. We can only take 12 people on some hikes. RSVPs will be required – NO EXCEPTIONS!

  • Grand Finale –
    • Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Day Hike:  May require one or two overnight stays, NP permits and a prearranged shuttle service. Group size limited (approx. 12 people)

Fee: $75 per person

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PLEASE NOTE:

Group size will have to be limited on some of the National Forest hikes due to permitting. We can only take 12 people on some hikes. RSVPs will be required – NO EXCEPTIONS!

The fees above cover scheduled hikes with Adam as our trail guide for the 2017 Hike Challenge. He will lead, inform and prepare the team to get ready and able to accomplish the 2017 hiking goals. PLEASE NOTE: The fees above do NOT cover any  permit, day-use, registration, adventure, national parks passes and/or fees and does not guarantee all planned hikes will be fulfilled due to weather, lottery, participant limits and registration requirements and restrictions. SORRY, NO REFUNDS!

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CONGRATULATIONS, GLORIA!

​Boot Camper of the Month

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Gloria was chosen because of her commitment to her health and fitness. She has been a member of FBBC since ​October of 2010. Not only has Gloria attended for all these years, but she was also a member of our 2016 Six-Pack-of-Peaks Hiking challenge and is currently part of the 2017 Hiking Club as well. She continuously goes out of her way to help out in amazing ways. Gloria hand paints our event sign, helps make celebration posters and more. Her daughter helps out in our babysitting program as well and she includes her husband and family to all join in on our outside events.

Gloria has struggled with a knee injury but doesn’t let that stop her. She finds ways to modify her workouts as needed, and continues to consistently workout no matter what.

The best part is that Gloria took the time to make me my very own Spartan travel pillow as you can see in the photo above. Now, who can match that?

Congratulations to the BK BOM!

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Meet our Boot Camper of the Month for May, 2017…

BALKEISHAN CHAURASIYA….. 

otherwise known as “BK.”

BK has been a member of Fit Body Boot Camp, Foothill Ranch since 2013.  He has always had a tremendous work ethic, a great disposition, positive attitude, and is always smiling. BK believes in taking care of his body by eating right and keeping active. He encourages his children to be active and also plays soccer outside of boot camp

When asked what he loves about boot camp and why he continues as a regular member, BK said, “It’s the positive environment, motivation and vibes. Most importantly, an awesome workout. That is the happiest hour for me in the day. I’ve made some really great friends too.”

IMG_2975.jpgIn 2016, BK joined our Six-Pack-of-Peaks hiking team to climb Mt. Whitney and was the first one to reach the summit. He has recently joined our race teams in several obstacle course races to include EPIC Race and Spartan Race and encouraged his daughters to race as well.  BK plans to travel with the team this summer to Hawaii to complete a Spartan Beast and is hoping to complete his 2017 Spartan Trifecta.

Furthermore, BK has been able to stay committed and attend workouts consistently even with a heavy work schedule and traveling around the world on a regular basis.

Congratulations to BK, the BOM, for staying committed!

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UPDATES to 2017 HIKING CHALLENGE

JOIN OUR 2017 HIKING CHALLENGE!

GRAND CANYON RIM TO RIM

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Summary: The 2017 program will be broken up into two groups, Level 1and Level 2. Each Level will have a hiking season (running time) of seven months. Level 1 will be from January to July and Level 2 will be from May to November.  14 total hikes in 2017. Both levels will overlap in May, June and July. During these months, we are hoping to have two hikes. FEE IS $75 FOR LEVEL 1

PLEASE NOTE: Hikers MUST complete the May 7th, Mt. Wilson timed hike pacer qualifier in order to be included into Level 2. Fee is $25 to continue from Level 1 to Level 2, or $75 for Level 2 only with qualification.

L1 Hikes for 2017:

January 8th – Peter’s Canyon Regional Park (4 miles)

February 19th – *Hollywood Sign (4 miles)

March 5th – *~ Echo Mountain (6 miles)

April 30th – Whiting Ranch (7 miles)

May 28th – *Potato Chip Rock (8 miles)

June 18th – *Mt. Baden-Powell (9 miles)

July 9th – *Bridge to Nowhere (11 miles)

Proposed L2 Hikes for 2017: (UPDATED 4/25/17) 

May 7th – *Mt. Wilson (14 miles) – Timed Level 2 qualifier

June 25th – ~Saddleback Peak (16 miles)

July 30th – *Mt. Baldy to Big Iron (16 miles)

August 27th ~ San Gorgonio (18 miles)

September 10 – *Cactus to Clouds (21 miles)

October 13 – 16 GOAL – *Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Day Hike Finale (24 miles)

November – TBD

* – indicates need to travel

~ – indicates a repeat from last year

Details:

  • Level 1 – Moderate level  ~ January through July
    • This level will have several sit down chats throughout the program and on hikes to discuss hiking. ex. Hiking style, equipment, fuel and water levels, basic first aid, basic navigation, basic nutrition
    • Approximate distances will be 5-15 miles
    • Elevation change will be kept to a minimum. (less than 2000 feet)
    • Trail type will be easy and open. Not too technical or steep, ascent or descent. Fire road, double track, easy single track.
    • Trail locations will be local.
  • Level 2 – Very Strenuous level ~ May through November
    • This level is designed to be  challenging. We will attempt great distances and high elevation. PLEASE NOTE: Hikers MUST complete the May 7th, Mt. Wilson timed hike pacer in order to be included.
    • Approximate distances will be 12-30 miles.
    • Elevation change (+/-) on some of the peaks will be significant.  5,000’+
    • Trail type can range from easy double track trail to rugged, rock scrambling, bushwhacking, steep ascents and descents and mud.
    • Trail locations will require travel due to topographical needs.
      • Angeles National Forest
      • San Gabriel National Forest
      • San Bernardino National Forest
      • Joshua Tree National Park
    • Group size will have to be limited on some of the National Forest hikes due to permitting. We can only take 12 people on some hikes. RSVPs will be required – NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Grand Finale –
    • We hope to complete a Grand Canyon Rim to Rim day hike as our big finale. This is about 21-24 miles long with about 10,000′ elevation change. Estimated timeline would be from south to north rim; leaving at 5am, arriving at north rim before 6pm. Preferred time of year would be mid October. This hike is completely doable and would be a great finish to the 2017 hike challenge.
    • It would require one or two overnight stays, NP permits and a prearranged shuttle service. Group size limited (approx. 12 people)

Fee: $75 per person (only accepting Level 1 at this time)

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or click here to pay $15 for a single hike
PLEASE NOTE: The fees above cover scheduled hikes with Adam as our trail guide for the 2017 Hike Challenge. He will lead, inform and prepare the team to get ready and able to accomplish the 2017 hiking goals. PLEASE NOTE: The fees above do NOT cover any  permit, day-use, registration, adventure, national parks passes and/or fees and does not guarantee all planned hikes will be fulfilled due to weather, lottery, participant limits and registration requirements and restrictions. SORRY, NO REFUNDS!

Another BOM hits!

Congratulations to DEBBIE BROWN!

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FBBC BOM – Boot Camper of the month for April…..and this is no April fools joke.

Debbie Brown is one extreme BOMshell. Not only is she incredibly beautiful, she is one of the TOUGHEST, yet GENTLEST and most LOVING souls you will ever meet. Debbie loves adventure & endurance racing. She’s been mountain biking for over 20 years, started riding motocross at age 36 and raced beginner in the men’s class. To add to that, she has completed two 12-hr solo mountain bike races in Big Bear, raced downhill on her cross-country bike, completed 3 consecutive Vision Quests, consisting of a 56 mile mountain bike race w/11,000 ft of elevation gain.  In 2010, she became the first woman EVER to finish the Ultra Quest, a 40-mile long race on the most rugged trail in Orange County with a cumulative 10,000 feet of climbing.

Then she found Trainer Ali’s Fit Body Boot Camp, lost 20 pounds, got even stronger, started competing in obstacle course racing acquiring her first Spartan Trifecta in 2016, and gained a new family. In her words, here is what Debbie shared with me recently on her fitness journey with our program:

“Trainer Ali, you changed my life. I get all choked up. I love to Spartan and have a new family of kind, fun & uplifting women. I was stagnant with mountain biking and not getting stronger. I have grown so much in strength, friendships and body and it all started with you and Fit Body Boot Camp. I am investing in my health with boot camp, but it goes way beyond that. It’s priceless what it does for you emotionally and how I have a whole new extended family. Every female friend I have through boot camp is dynamic, fearless, uplifting and most of all loving and safe. These friendships are priceless and your encouragement with Spartan racing has taken things to a whole new level. I have done things I never thought I could. I never had upper body strength. I learned to climb ropes and can complete monkey bars and rings at age 52. I feel so excited, happy and empowered! Life is a struggle and overcoming fears and pushing my limits through Spartan just makes me feel I can do anything, and having you to do it with  is the best! Spartan wouldn’t be the same without you all.”

Debbie also has a giving heart…..literally. You can find her out on the trails with a volunteer crew clearing brush on Orange County trails, feeding the crew as well as collecting rocks. Not just any rock. She has a way of finding heart rocks wherever she goes. She collects them, paints them and gives them away to inspire and uplift those going through tough times.  DEBBIE, YOU TRULY ARE AMAZING!17021396_10155170574068010_942910743611687519_n.jpg

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Congratualtions, Suzy!

Member of the Month for March…..down 24 lbs!

Suzy Link started boot camp in November…..today she is a member of our hiking club, she conquered the rope climb and has committed to competing in her very first Spartan race in June in Canada. She comes in with a great attitude and gives it all she’s got….because she’s on a mission to get stronger and healthier and she’s excited to continue on.IMG_7333.JPG

In January, she really started to see some amazing results and decided to throw herself out there and share her story.  Read her January story below to get inspired and be sure to give her a high-five when you see her at boot camp.

Way to set your mind and make it happen, Suzy!

We are so proud to have you as a Fit Body Boot Camp member and we are excited to help you continue on in your journey.

 

From Suzy, to the world – Jan. 22, 2017

“I’ve watched the number on the scale creep up over the past few years, between fertility drugs, two pregnancies and a fair amount of stress eating. I honestly didn’t care. However, in October, I made the decision to take better care of myself… to eat better and exercise more and to become stronger and healthier. Today I stepped on the scale and realized that I reached my second goal (the first being to climb that dang rope). 20 lb down! I may not have the perfect body by the world’s standards but it’s strong and fit and I love it. So I feel great! I’m thankful for Josef for putting up with me waking him up at 5 a.m. when I get ready for boot camp and for letting me take off for a run or bike ride when I need it. I’m grateful for Ali, Val, Riza, Osmar and Charles for making boot camp one of the best parts of my day. I’m a little shy and may not say it in person, but I really appreciate you guys. Anyways, I’m feeling fantastic today and just had to share it with the world.”

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Girl, you look FABULOUS!

 

Hike to the Hollywood sign!

Hollywood Sign Hike

– From Adam Schuck, Trailmaster

Sunday, February 19, 2017

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Welcome to Trainer Ali’s 2017 Hiking Challenge!

Our hike in Peters Canyon Regional Park last month was a nice way to start our program. Thank you to those who attended and we hope you had a good time. We are increasing the coolness factor on this month’s hike. Our February hike will take us to an iconic landmark in Southern California. Our destination dates back to 1923 when it was used to advertise for a local real estate development. The Hollywood Sign is a popular destination for day hikers and should be on anyone’s bucket list.

Our level 1 hike #2 will take us to the iconic Hollywood Sign on Mt. Lee in the Hollywood Hills. Information on the sign itself can be found here. http://hollywoodsign.org/

The environment we will be hiking in will be sage scrub and chaparral. The trail is a mix of paved roadway, maintained single track trail and graded dirt fire road. Sun protection will be important as the trail is quite exposed.

Distance: approximately 5+ miles

Elevation: <1000’

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate (we will be hiking slow and staying together)

Duration: about 5 hours (7am-12pm)

Parking Fee: NO

Dog Friendly: YES

Remember, RSVP REQUIRED

To see a complete list of Level 1 hikes or to register, follow this link:

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Fees are $15 for single hike or $75 for all Level 1 hikes

 

Fee: $75 per person (only accepting Level 1 at this time)

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or click here to pay $15 for a single hike

Post Hike Excursion! After the hike, please join us for a stroll through the famous Hollywood Farmers Market at Ivar Ave & Selma Ave. They are only open until 1pm, so we might have to hurry. Information here: http://www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.net/

For those of you just joining us, I would like to recap some information that was presented in last month’s email.

As you are a friend of Trainer Ali, you know she is all about healthy living, standing up to a challenge, love of the outdoors and bringing people together. That is what this program is all about!

Benefits of hiking include:

  • Improved cardio-respiratory fitness
  • Improved muscular fitness
  • Lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Lower risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Lower risk of high cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Lower risk of colon and possibly lung and endometrial cancer
  • Increased bone density or a slower loss of density
  • Reduced depression and better quality sleep
  • Weight control; hiking burns up to 370 calories an hour (154-lb person)

A look Back!

Last year during our OC Fit Body Boot Camp’s 2016 Hiking Challenge we hiked over 200 miles and climbed more than 36,000 feet! We conquered peaks like Mt. Baldy, Cucamonga Peak, San Bernardino Peak, Mt. Wilson, Mt. San Jacinto and the highest peak in the lower 48 states Mt. Whitney. We hiked in beautiful local parks and open spaces such as Irvine Ranch Open Space, Cleveland, Inyo, Angeles, San Bernardino and San Gabriel National Forests, Aliso & Wood Canyon and Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Parks, Irvine and Santiago Oaks Regional Parks and Crystal Cove State Park. We set the bar pretty high……..let’s crush that bar this year!