When we set off for Rohr Lake last Saturday, given the weather, I was expecting skiers and snowshoers all over the trail; I was surprised when we didn’t run in to anyone all day. Is Rohr that underrated?
The plan was to take our time up the trail, squeeze in as many blood sugar checks as possible, and consistently eat carbs throughout the day. I was playing around with my basal rate (hourly insulin intake) and I was trying out a few new sources of carbs including: Gu Chomps and Gu Energy Gels.
I kept my blood sugar levels a little elevated throughout the day; I was not sure how the basal rate reduction and new carb sources would affect my blood sugar levels. When outdoors, I prefer high blood sugars over low blood sugars when I am making any adjustments to my diabetes management.
We parked at the usual winter parking spot across from the salt shed and walked down the road to the trail head. We put on our snowshoes within a few steps on to the road.
The first part of the hike steeply followed through the forest; the trail was well marked. To avoid sinking, we followed ski tracks (down tracks) the entire day and lost sight of the markers in a few different areas. The snow was well consolidated and supportive to snowshoes.
Next up would have been the beautiful meadows. The tracks we followed detoured away from the meadows and stayed in the sloped forest, bringing us out to the base of the boulder field to the right of the meadows.
During the final kick, I was sure to look back every few minutes; the views opened up with each step.
The skiers, whose tracks we had been following, had come down the boulder field and there was no established up track. We broke our own trail by switch-backing up through the snow covered boulders. The snow at this elevation was much less crusty than it had been further below; with our snowshoes on, we were breaking trail up to mid-shin.
Near the top, some cliffbands forced us to a meltwater stream (note, the summer trail follows a stream/creek most of the way up). The only way across appeared to be a short series of unstable snow bridges which spanned the gaps. We realized how close we were to Rohr Lake and took a long, hard look at the crossing. We feared collapsing into the ice cold rushing water and decided to play it safe by turning around.
Given the successful day of blood sugar management (specifically, no hypos) and good control over my blood sugars, I wasn’t too disappointed.
Views on the way down:
By the time we hit the road, it was shortly after sunset.
Stats for the day:
What I did differently on this trip vs other trips:
While observing and way-pointing my blood sugars throughout our snowshoe, I realized how hard it can be to balance diabetes and sports. Often times, it’s not just about the views, fresh air, and getting up a mountain. We set a goal to reach a destination and we have to calculate the best/safest way to get there. On top of considering: weather, terrain, gear, required skills, etc., I have to consider my blood sugars. I’m constantly thinking about my diabetes:
…and the list of thoughts goes on.
Fortunately, the views are always worth it! 🙂