Well, I knocked out one of the things on my bucket list. While I added the Manitou Incline to our list, after researching it, I was sure that I would never do it. I mean, I did Koko Head but I hated every minute of it. The Manitou Incline is similar, old railroad ties but it is double the height. It’s not that I didn’t think I could do it, I just hate heights so I was scared to do it.
Well, my Army unit had different plans and we did it for drill one weekend. I knew I was going to go slow. It wasn’t a race. I wanted to do it in an hour and a half. I missed my goal by 7 minutes but that’s okay because I seriously wanted to quit half a dozen times.
From the base, this thing already looks nuts. There is a bail out about half way where you can peel off and head down the Barr Trail. When I got to it, my co-workers pointed it out incase I wanted to do it but they said I was about 60% done and I decided to keep going. I already went this far, might as well go the rest. I had previously googled the incline and knew there was a false summit and I could see it from the bail out. Research told me once you got there, the most “technical” part was done so I knew – just make it to that stupid tree and you’re 300 steps from finishing.
Once I hit the false summit, I had 7 minutes to make my 90 minute goal. I told myself “you can do this, you’re almost done” over and over. I said it out loud. People passing me must have thought I was crazy but you know what? Hearing the motivation helps and I did it. I got to the top. Finally, I turned around and looked at the view. The whole way up, people were commenting on the fantastic views but I knew if I looked back, I was going to get vertigo so I kept my eyes front. But from the top, I was able to see it all. I mean, the top of Koko Head is cool but you just see the ocean. Here? I could see it all.
And so I did it. I conquered the Manitou Incline. I didn’t want to but I’m glad I did. Hubs has yet to do it so it’s nice to be able to say I did it. He did Koko head about 8 times before I did so we like a friendly competition. The best (worst) part about the incline is that you don’t hike back down it like you do on Koko Head. It’s too dangerous so there’s a back trail to take. The Barr Trail takes you down safely but the switchbacks make it a 3 mile hike. Ugh. But whatever. Going down safely was much better than having to go down the railroad ties.
Have you ever done the Manitou Incline? Did you like it?