Mindful Hike (X-Country Skiing), with Vik (Sat. Feb. 22, 2020)

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On Sat., Feb. 22, we welcome you to join us for a mindful day of cross country skiing close to the Mt Hood Wilderness. This 7 mile ski trip starts at 3,800 ft from the Nordic ski parking lot of the Cooper Ski resort and takes us along Forest Service road 3512. The ski trip has about 700 feet of elevation gain. We will spend several hours in snow at high elevation in freezing conditions. Please pay special attention to the gear list. Beginner skill level, but prior experience is probably needed. Please contact Vik for any questions.

The hike is on, rain, snow or shine. However, if the roads are not passable due to snow, a different hike will be substituted.

Vik Anantha, a longtime sangha participant and hiking enthusiast.

We will reflect on impermanence on this hike. Please watch this  VIDEO   for a quick refresher.

(Advance sign-up is required. Group size limited to 12 due to wilderness restrictions)


DATE: Sat., 2/22/2020

START TIME: 7:30am

HIKE DURATION:   About 9 hours



We start at Cooper ski resort pass and ends at inspiration view point. The closes guide is

https://www.outdoorproject.com/united-states/oregon/cloud-cap-road. We are not doing the entire trip. We turn back around 3.5 miles in, but have an option to go further depending on group consensus.

MEETING PLACE: PIMC Living Room, 6536 SE Duke St., Portland OR 97206 (Come in through the side kitchen entrance on 66th Ave.)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Vik (vik.anantha@gmail.com, 503-858-2667).

SUGGESTED DONATION: $20 per person for PIMC (Your donation will be matched with a like donation to Oregon Wild, an organization that was instrumental in protecting Roaring River Wilderness). Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

TO REGISTER:    Please click   HERE

WAIVER:  Please print and fill out and either: email it to Vik before the hike or bring it with you the day of the hike.  Please click     HERE


The following plan for the day may change based on conditions and group capability.....

1)      Meet at 7:30 AM in the PIMC living room. Silent meditation for 30 mins. Open to making this a guided meditation of the group’s choice

2)      Carpool and head out to the trailhead mindfully. Not silent.

3)      Hike with some vigor and energy, but mindfully. Not silent. This may take 4 to 5 hrs depending on the group's speed.

4)      Break for lunch. Start with a silent 20 min sit. 20 to 30 mins for lunch. Not silent.

5)      Hike back mindfully, with some vigor. This may take 3 to 4 hrs depending on the group's speed. Not silent.

6)      Carpool back to PIMC mindfully. Not silent.



Physical fitness is required. Hiking experience is nice to have, but not required. Let me know and I can help you with your hiking essentials. Will send out more details for those who "sign up". You need to be prepared to spend 9 hours or so outdoors. You will need to bring water, snacks, lunch, adequate clothing, “10 hiking essentials”. Hiking poles are required. Boot traction devices like https://www.rei.com/product/890608/kahtoola-microspikes-traction-system are highly recommended. Also, another thing to add to your hiking kit is a pair of gaiters for possible snow travel (https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/gaiters.html). We are in Oregon fall weather. The hike will go on “rain, snow or shine”. Bring rain gear and extra clothes to change into back at the trailhead.


What is "Wilderness" and why are we choosing it as a backdrop for mindfulness?

Here are mindful teachings masquerading as the 1964 Wilderness Act:

"A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain"

Hope to spend a mindful hiking day with you all.