- may or may not be possible
- pushes the limits of physical/mental endurance and strength
- is taken on by a group and involves the group working togeher
- takes people out of there comfort zone or the activities that they're already proficient at
- involves some element of risk or danger
In short, like ultrarunning, it's meant to push you beyond your preconceived limit and set the tone for the next year (boosting confidence in capability).
For my first go at a misogi, I knew I couldn't make it TOO hard or I wouldn't be able to coerce my admittedly coercible friends into it, so I loosely followed the above guidelines in concocting a plan to get a couch from my house up to the top of Spencer Butte and back (roughly 8 miles round trip and 3,000' vertical feet up and down).
I'm pleased to report that my 31st birthday misogi was QUITE a success. It wasn't as hard as it probably should have been--we laughed a TON and only experienced a fair amount of strain and pain--but I couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome. We started at 5 am, made it up top for sunrise, and some friends met us with propane stove and beer and cooked us up a delicious hot breakfast on the summit.
Here are some pics that Blaine took from our outing:
|The crew, appropriately fuzzy as we depart at 5am!|
|This idea did not work at all!|
|Thought we had something until...|
|the wife is amused!|
|Out the door|
|Out of the parking lot|
|Headed up the road and on the trail!|
|A break on the trail|
|Back at it|
|The technical summit push!|
|BINGO! We did it!|
|Beer break on the way town|
|Not a bad seat|
Suffice it to say, the couch is back down from Spencer Butte and is now residing in Emily's apartment with lots of trail spice and good karma. I have amazing, crazy friends (and wife!) who indulge my amazing, crazy dreams...like taking a couch to the top of Spencer Butte : ).