Why do I hike? People always ask. They think I’m crazy for hiking so much- my friends, my family, acquaintances... “it’s too long” “it’s too hard” “it’s boring” “too steep” “takes too long”- all things I’ve heard before. But for me? I love those things. I embrace them. I love the challenge, because coming out on top is that much sweeter. So, what exactly do I love?
I love the workout.
I love the views.
I love getting outside.
I love the power it has to calm me down and relax me, taking away all the stress and lessening my problems.
I love spending the time with friends on the trail.
I love the satisfaction of not only completing a hike, but a physically, mentally demanding challenge. You can do this. I believe hiking is as much mental as it is physical. If you can mentally push your limits, if you can get out of the box your brain constricts you to, your body can do amazing things. Things you never thought possible, because you wouldn’t let yourself. Things like hiking a steep 2.7 mile hike in just 1 hour instead of 2 1/2 like the first time you hiked it. Yep. That’s right. 8 treks up Pilchuck later, I cut my time by more than half. That’s incredible. I live for that feeling, that high you get when you accomplish your goals, when you’re higher than you ever thought possible. The indescribable beauty that accompanies the hardest climbs, the greatest mountains the PNW has to offer. Being on top of the world. And knowing YOU did it. YOU pushed yourself. And YOU are the champion of your own challenges. I climb those mountains because I know it’s freakin possible and I’m gonna face each challenge as it comes so I can say I DID IT. 💪🏼
Hike # 4 of the #52hikechallenge2018
decided I’d give it a go this year 😊
This shot was taken on Rattlesnake Ledge. There is a crevasse that most people cross unnoticed on the ledge. If you step down inside and climb through, there is a peaceful little ledge facing the fiery sunrise on a.m. hikes. -