A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. ~ Dudley White
|Mushrooms growing on manure|
The map was also very deceiving, showing that - at the rate we were walking - this will only take us an extra thirty minutes.
Well, two hours later, we were still climbing up the steepest rocky hill I have ever seen. The scenery was still quite breathtaking, but I couldn't care less . My camera was safely tucked away in my rucksack. I needed every ounce of energy to get through this! By now we all ran out of water, and the end was not even in sight yet (literally, it was too steep and dense to see anything)! We were dying of heat and thirst.
This is also where I started picking up problems. I had trouble breathing and had goose bumps all over. At first I thought that I was just exhausted, but I soon realised that it was an allergic reaction I picked up en-route, and of course I didn't take any anti-histamine with.
That's when I realised the value of the three rules of hiking:
It's always further than it looks.
Another half hour later and everything in my body felt broken, and whatever wasn't, was protesting heavily. I really lost hope of ever reaching the top, and on top of it I was still battling with the allergic reaction, especially having trouble breathing. At that point my dad said that we must be near the end - he could see light coming through. Being at the back of the queue, I couldn't see anything, so I was still sceptical. He also tried to motivate me, and said that all I need to do is look down, to see how far we have already come.
~George Macauley Trevelyan
This expedition into the outer realm of my daily life had a few lessons for future hiking trips that I wish to share with you:
|The route we walked|
- You have to have good hiking shoes (one thing we got right!) You need something to support your ankles.
- Sunscreen lotion is a given, and it is nice to have a Safety kit with the essentials, in case of an injury, because help is hours away!
- Don't get a manicure the day before you go hiking!
A gym is not for me. If you feel the same, then find something you love doing that distracts you from your daily life, gets you into the fresh outdoors and keeps you active and busy for a few hours.
You get an enormous sense of achievement after completing a challenge like this. It's about feeling free, unbounded and shedding the distractions of our everyday life.