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#13: How exactly do you train for a hike that has more stairs than the Empire State Building? 

Carrie is joined by friend and Colorado resident Stephanie McGuirt to talk about climbing and training for the Manitou Incline. They discuss how they trained for this steep hike, what they packed, and what it felt like climbing up one of Colorado’s most extreme trails.

Carrie and Stephanie talk about the steps they took (no pun intended!) to train for this 2,744-step climb with a 2,000-foot elevation gain. With an average incline of 41%, the Manitou Incline is one of the most challenging hikes in the Colorado Springs area, It attracts athletes and amateurs alike to this extreme trail.

Both Carrie and Stephanie share their training routine, including their favorite training trails (like Pulpit Rock and the much harder Blodgett Peak) and how they used the AllTrails app to find the right hikes to practice. They also share how they prepared for the day-of, including what they packed -- and what they would’ve done differently, like bringing more electrolyte drinks or wearing sneakers instead of hiking boots. Finally, they offer tips for getting to the trail head (there’s a free shuttle!) and how to pace yourself when you’re on the incline.
We hope this inspires you to tackle the Manitou Incline. Just remember to pack extra electrolytes and get a good night’s sleep before you do!

You can find out more about Stephanie McGuirt and her work at Pinnacle Flow Bookkeeping, visit www.PinnacleFlowBooks.com.

For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit our website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.

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