This year I decided to take a class to learn mountaineering skills. I was excited (for glacier) and slightly nervous (for rock) when I started the course. I am so glad I put myself in a learning environment, it was overwhelming at times but if I didn't take this risk I wouldn't have challenged myself to try new things. I have been pleased to see how much I'm enjoying rock climbing too. After 8 months, I've graduated from the basic mountaineering course. Now I'm looking forward to getting more experience by going on climbs. Each trip is unique, I am learning new things about myself, teamwork and mountain travel.
On this day, we reached base camp after a long 14 mile approach. I pushed myself to keep going for the last few miles over the pass when all I wanted to do was camp at the bottom. The many mosquito bites, heat and travel with mountaineering boots had all gotten to me. After reaching camp, I had some water and a snack while resting and slowly began to feel good again. Feeling less than ideal for that period teaches me to do what I can to prevent that from happening next time. Each outing making adjustments.
How do you incorporate learnings from your hikes and climbs?
"The only commitment the mountains can make is that if you go in them, they will show you who you are." - Steph Jagger
This photo exemplifies the freedom that can be found in the mountains. Thanks for the inspiration @darrelcomeau