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Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  1. Courtney

    Looks like a gorgeous hike. I am a little afraid of heights, but I will definitely give this a shot soon. Any idea what a hiking pass runs?
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      If you’re only mildly afraid of heights you can probably handle it. I am deathly afraid of heights and usually prefer hikes that are in a forest with no cliffs! Let me know if you do Eagle Creek.

      I think it’s about $4 or $5 for a day pass at the site. We bought an annual pass at REI and I think it was $30 or so.

  2. Sarah

    Eric and I attempted to hike Cathedral Rock trail while we were in Sedona, AZ. I’m not very big on hiking to begin with but I enjoy being active so I was down. We made it about halfway before I realize that I am terrified of climbing up steep rocking areas. I was a shaking, quivering on the verge of tears mess. We had to stop in a shady spot and give up. I think I’ll stick to flat surfaces from now on.

    Eagle Creek really looks gorgeous despite it’s scary factor!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      That sounds like a hike I wouldn’t be able to do. I don’t like rock climbing or heights or drop offs! I’m sorry you were a crying mess! I was on the verge at Eagle Creek.

  3. Eleonora

    I do hike a lot (weather permitting), I guess that happens when you live in a place surrounded by mountains 🙂
    I’ve never been afraid of heights although I must confess I got a weird sensation when I was rock climbing and the fog lifted, showing the village below the rocks. Some 3/4 of a mile below the rocks!
    I’ve heard you can improve the fear of height by focusing on a far object and then a near object. Apparently it’s just a vision trick.
    If you happen to be again in a similar situation try and concentrate on the ground, don’t look down!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Where do you live?

      Good for you rock climbing. That is definitely not something I could ever do. Last summer I did a high ropes course and zip line and I thought that would help me get over my fear of heights but not so much. 🙂

  4. Eleonora

    Northern Italy, near the Dolomites! I once saw a guide having a man do exercises for the fear of heights, but I didn’t pay much attention, I’m sorry! It was basically looking up and down (down in the creek) but the man was sitting down, far from the edge (so in a very safe situation).

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Wow! Italy! Lucky!!

      I think your advice probably works. I probably should have started doing it before I got to the scary parts so I was prepared. I did do the thing where I shielded one side of my face like a horse so I wouldn’t see the drop off. 🙂

      1. Eleonora

        Now, if it just stopped raining…a snowless winter and a rainy spring don’t make the hiker happy!
        I found the name of the visual exercises: look up Cawthorne-Cooksey exercises and you’ll find a lot of useful tips. Good luck for the next hike!

        1. Lisa Eirene

          Thanks! I will check those exercises out.

  5. Lisa

    I like to hike and I am afraid of heights also. The scariest hike I went on was the one where the cable is REQUIRED to go up and down the trail to a creek. I was terrified I was going to slip, going up and down.

    I’ve hiked in the Smoky Mountains in TN and have thoroughly enjoyed hiking on the ridges above Cades Cove, where you are above the clouds and can’t always see the valley. I remember walking along once thinking that I was really high up and felt like a billy goat, since I was at the top of the mountain and could see off both sides, but for some insane reason I wasn’t scared. It’s beautiful there!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh HELL NO. I would not do that hike! I used to want to do Half Dome until I came to my senses and realized I probably would not be able to get back down.

      Your hike in the Smoky Mts sound more my speed. I just don’t want to be able to SEE how far up I am.

  6. Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not

    I love hiking…but conditions like those scare me! I’m more of a “well-beaten path” kind of girl when it comes to hiking at least 🙂
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m with you Jodi, a nice stroll through the woods is better. 🙂

  7. Ingunn

    Gaah, I’ve seen photos of this hike before and it looks terrifying to me – I’m scared of heights too, and I get all clumsy and shaky when I get nervous…not good on that trail!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      YES!!! I was shaking and clumsy and walking under the waterfalls meant I got wet so my hands were all slippery as I was trying to hold on to the steel cable. It was awful!

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