THIS is what happens when you are dating a 6’7″ Search & Rescue Mountaineering man:
Yes, that’s right. We climbed to the top of that thing. I know. Crazy right? Easy-ish hikes have flown out the window. Instead of my favourite comfortable rolling West Coast hikes, we climbed, or rather “scrambled” to the top of this monstrous piece of rock. Grimface Mountain in Cathedral Provincial Park to be exact. Scrambling? There is such a thing as this? My bruised up legs with numerous scratches everywhere are proof that yes, there is such a thing as scrambling. Not as easy as hiking, not quite tricky enough to be harnessed in for climbing, but somewhere (with a whole lot of difficulty – and FUN!) in between. Yes folks, I have up’d the scariest thing I’ve ever done. Scrambling up Grimface. Who knew there was even such a thing?
Intimidated is an understatement. My first layer of intimidation was hiking with a bunch of guys – I can’t really say I’ve done much of this – being the only chica that is. Realizing I would be hiking and camping with a bunch of guys and then scrambling to get to the top of a mountain? Intimidating. With some shaking, some panic, some “sorry I’m so slow!”, and some definite laughing at myself – I did it. And now, funnily enough, the adventure list has up’d its game. SO MANY more hikes, so many more adventures. Why have I always stopped at the bottom of the Black Tusk (my FAVOURITE hike), and not climbed to the very top? Fear, primarily, and not knowing HOW. But now, I’m in luck. :) Watch out adventure list – you are about to get a whole lot more challenging!
Even though these things intimidated me, I’m so glad I tried them. How lame would it have been if I had bailed out on the idea just because I was scared. And who cares if I looked like a wimp for a whole lot of it (having to get carried for part of it – not lying). At least I tried. Look how much I’ve gained now from trying something (very far) out of my comfort zone. So far that I had to shake a little. But now, a new level of excitement has risen. Who knew. My adventure book collection is in need of some new friends. So many more possibilities!
Another early morning tomorrow and another packed day. From adventure weekend to purple scrubs to rocking out in luon (= bliss!) – it’s going to be a fun one. 3 words. Runner’s World Magazine. Eeeeek! Tomorrow’s going to be a good day! See you then!
Smile with your heart!