Summit PT - November 2019





Earlier this year, I set a goal for myself: I wanted to climb Mt. Shasta. I talked about it in a previous newsletter, and since then, I’ve made it happen. Well, sort of. I wanted to summit Mt. Shasta. With an elevation of 14,179 feet, it’s a daunting peak, but I was determined to take it on. The plan was that I would take a day off work and my son Julian and I would make the trip. weekend of the trip, but we still had some time to work with. If we got there early, we could make it to the summit and back down without him missing any work. I didn’t want to ditch our plans just because of a small schedule change. We needed to be at the base by 6 a.m., but we didn’t get started until 10 a.m. With such a late start, we wouldn’t be able to summit Mt. Shasta. To complicate things further, rocks were falling! The mountain decided it was going to throw all kinds of hazards at visitors. But we were able to climb safely and made it to 12,000 feet. Not bad, I’d say, for a late start coupled with various hazards. Unfortunately, plans changed slightly. Julian had to work the

Despite the challenges, we had a good time. This is a trip we’re going to plan again when conditions are better and we have more time to work with. We will reach the summit one day! Here at home, my youngest son finally purchased his first motorbike! It’s something we’ve been in search of for a while now. It’s a good- looking bike, too. Since buying it, he’s been learning to safely ride it around town. That means no freeway driving and no driving after dark. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we’re out riding together! I’ve also been thinking a lot about giving my wife a weekend away. This is something, I will admit, I have been procrastinating on. Last Christmas, I got my wife a weekend getaway to Pronghorn Resort in Bend, but we have yet to take that trip. I do know Pronghorn Resort is particularly wonderful in winter, so maybe we’ll officially get it on the calendar soon. And as winter quickly approaches, I’m looking forward to the start of the ski season. My Ikon Pass is ready! The Ikon Pass works at ski resorts all over the country. Now I just need to decide where I want to

ski. It should be a lot of fun. I’ll need to make sure my knee is ready for the adventure! And that’s something for everyone to keep in mind. Before heading out for a great adventure, near or far, make sure your body is ready for it! On Sept. 19, we were excited to participate in the Tualatin Balance Fair held at the Juanita Pohl Senior Center! I conducted free computerized balance testing (see photo above) for over 40 people, and Laura handed out info about stretches and exercises anyone can do to help reduce their fall risk. It was a great event, and we really enjoyed connecting with the active seniors in our community. If you or someone you know are interested in finding out your fall risk, call us and we can do a brief evaluation.

–Paul Kane, P.T., BSC, CMP

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