<iframe src=”https://player.vimeo.com/video/138548519?color=ffffff&title=0&byline=0&portrait=0″ width=”640″ height=”420″ frameborder=”0″ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> The phrase "weekend warrior" has come to mean something slightly negative. Like you're not a real outdoors person; you're just a hack with a day job who gets out for some light recreation on your Saturdays and Sundays.
Brunch with a side of paddleboarding, or something like that.
But maybe that's unfair. Maybe those weekend warriors, especially the ones who emphasize the "warrior" part, are still getting after it hard. They just have to cram their adventures into fewer hours.
The crew behind the new film 55 Hours in Mexico did exactly that.
Their goal was to climb 18,000-foot Pico de Orizaba, the third-highest peak in North America, in a single weekend. The caveat? One member of their crew, Karl Thompson, had to be back at his desk on Monday morning, so they had 55 hours to get to Mexico from Denver, summit, ski and get home.Thompson is a little bit more gung-ho than the average keyboard-huncher, but still, getting yourself to 18,000 feet ain’t nothing. When they showed up at the base camp, they found climbers who had been acclimating for days. They, on the other hand, slept for two hours and started hiking.
It seems like a comedy of errors. Their handle on español was loose, as was their sense of where they were going. They neglected to get trail maps. They had to push their car uphill both ways to the trailhead. They lost their ski bags. They had no idea how they were going to deal with altitude sickness.
But (spoiler alert) they summited, despite the fact that Thompson says he should have turned around at 17,000 feet. No one said weekend warriors were necessarily smart.
The video includes the most earnest puke I've ever seen on my computer screen and, for me, a renewed desire to make the most out of my weekend. I'm going to claim the heck out of my weekend-warrior status.
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