A friend confided that they were feeling “ill prepared and struggly” as they went into this week.
Ill prepared and struggly is exactly how I felt this weekend on my first high Sierra multi-day backpacking adventure.
I was carrying too much weight (rookie move) on this 4000’ ascent, mostly off trail, up granite slabs and through meadows and scrub brush and across streams. But I also hadn’t properly prepared physically for the altitude and the heavy load I’d struggle to carry uphill that first very, very long day.
It hurt, and pushed me to my outer limits. I just wanted the hike to be over, but I kept going. I kept going partly because I’m strong-ish and stubborn, but mostly because I had two great trip leaders @elattanzzz
and 8 other kindred spirits who were testing their own limits and having their own adventure while actively supporting one another. “We’re all in this together” was my mantra and the unspoken agreement between us. Everyone shared food, gear, tips wisdom, stories, and the all important laughs.
I took The Wilderness Travel Course to be confident on my own in the wilderness; so I could be self reliant and explore the great wild places left on earth. And yeah, that’ll happen. But it turns out it’s the cooperation, and trust, and accountability between people that has been the greatest gift of this adventure for me.
So, here’s to being better prepared, but as I told my friend, ill prepared and struggly is sometimes when the magic happens. ✨