Archives: Climbing the Grand Canyon in 48 minutes

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  • QIC: Priorities
  • The PAX: 3 For 1, Bluegrass, Deflator, Dreamliner, Frozone, Gandalf, Hot Corner, Priorities, Pueblo, Radar, Screen Door, Scully, Spygate, Tow Rope, Triple Option
  • 15 Pax (1 FNG) made it out for the culmination of #AWeekOfPriorities!  It has been great to be back and YHC couldn’t be happier with the 15 Titans that posted to climb the mountain (or the canyon if you have a good imagination…)

    Dreamliner and YHC are headed down range in a couple of weeks for an F3 road trip.  On our travels, the plan is to plant the shovel flag at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, mosey down for a dip in the Colorado and sprint, mosey, bear crawl, partner carry back up. (Dreamliner carrying me will probably be closest to the truth…)  Its 4,380 feet from the river back up to the rim so to include our fellow F3HR Pax, we simulated the climb out on our own glorious #StinkHill!

    Supposedly, the summit of the Virginia Beach Alp is 60 ft although by the 3rd or 4th trip it seemed much, much higher.  It would take 73 trips up the hill to simulate the climb out of the canyon and to finish on time, that meant a pax would need to start for the peak every 40 seconds.  Meanwhile, back at base camp, the remaining pax would conduct some high (relative term) intensity interval training to prepare for each trek to the mountain top. The Pax started out 2 at a time to the top but after about 25 intervals YHC audibled back to 1 pax every 40 seconds.  The intervals went as follows:

    1 - Burpees
    2 - Air Chair
    3 - Merkins
    4 - High Planks
    5 - Diamond Merkins
    6 - Low Plank
    7 - Derkins
    8 - Rest
    9 - Flutter Kicks
    10 - Hold 6"
    11- Dollys
    12 - Hold 6"
    13 - Rosalitas
    14 - Hold 6"
    15 - Box Cutters
    16 - Hold 6"
    17 - Leg Lifts
    18 - Hold 6"
    19 - American Hammers
    20 - Hold 6"
    21 - Freddy Mercurys
    22 - Hold 6"
    23 - Burpees
    24 - Rest
    25 - Arm Circles
    26 - Arm Circles Front
    27 - Arm Circles Overhead
    28 - Squats
    29 - Lunges
    30 - Calf Raises
    31 - Squats
    32 - Lunges
    33 - Calf Raises
    34 - Arm Circles
    35 - Arm Circles Front
    36 - Arm Circles Overhead
    37 - Side Straddle Hops
    38 - Side Straddle Hops
    39 - Duck Jousting
    40 - Rest
    41 - Merkin Walk
    42 - Merkin Walk
    43 - Crab Plank
    44 - Seal Team Sit-uos
    45 - Rest
    46 - Seal Team Sit-ups
    47 - Rest
    48 - Seal Team Sit-ups
    49 - Rest
    50 - Tunnel of Love
    51 - Tunnel of Love
    52 - Tunnel of Love
    53 - Rest
    54 - Mountain Climbers
    55 - Catalina Wine Mixers
    56 - Jack Webbs
    57 - High Planks
    58 - Jump Squats
    59 - Merkins
    60 - LBCs
    61 - Hold 6"
    62 - Frog Jumps
    63 - Bear Crawls
    64 - Duck Walk
    65 - Crab Walk
    66 - Air Chair
    67 - Side Straddle Hops
    68 - Calf Raises
    69 - Lunges
    70 - Smurf Jacks
    71 - Rest
    72 - Burpees
    73 - Sprint to the Summit


    Upon return to the flags, there was only time for numbers/names and some quick words of wisdom.

    YHC was honored to lead this incredible group of men all week.  To recap the week, we discussed challenging yourself to be the man that sharpens those around us and to be reliable and counted upon in a brother’s time of need. The next challenge was to take a new direction in your own life with the Jester that is impeding your acceleration.

    After looking outward and inward, it was time to look upward.  We are doomed to fail in our endeavors to be better fathers, husbands, brothers without following the leadership of the Sky-Q.  Its through faith in our Heavenly Father that we can hope to be the men that we strive to become.

    FNG Tow Rope was put on the spot and graciously took us out.  Well done.


    Scully was on cloud 9 as his son, Chris just made his season debut with the Dodger and is off to the hottest of starts, going 5 for 8 with 2 doubles and a homerun.  We’re all excited for you Scully.

    In other Scully news, we presented our resident rifty with his award for the March Merkin challenge (he did 20,000 Merkins btw) and just being an all around badass, a F3 Respect jersey.

    The largest of welcomes to our free agent from F3 Greensboro, we could not be more excited to have you move to the area!  From all the tweets coming out of your former AOs, there is no doubt you are going to be a huge blessing to F3 Hampton Roads!

    Can anyone confirm a merlot splash from our latest FNG Tow Rope?  Looked like a may have been hunched over in agony.  Take great pride in that Tow Rope!  YHC has never had the intestinal fortitude to push himself to the brink like that.  Motivation for all of us that we need to work harder.  You join the ranks of many #stinkhill legends to go before you!  I feel like F3Nation needs to sell a crimson t shirt with a wine glass on the back to give out to this exclusive club…

    Speaking of T shirts, the #stinkhill pre order is almost over.  Get your order to YHC immediately if you’d like to save on shipping.

    Another welcome to Gandalf who was posting for his 2nd time but hadn’t received an F3 name.  His attempts to name himself were swiftly thwarted but he got off easy.

    YHC’s deepest apologies for the tardiness of today’s backblast.  The self imposed 24 hour deadline has long since past.  After 4 straight Q’s, it was made very clear, by M Priorities, that no more time would be spent on F3 this weekend…  But no excuses, play like a champion!  An entry has been made in my corporate file…

    Thanks again for the opportunity to lead this week.  It’s been great to be back and I promise I’ll never leave again…  until June…

    Priorities out.

    F3 Hampton Roads