“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” — Sir Edmund Hillary
Yesterday I set out on a mission to climb to the summit of The Sulphur Skyline, after 4km of taking the wrong turn, we were back on the trail and 5 more km up, we were there!
The hike was a little challenging in areas, steep, and the scramble was extremely challenging at points! There were times I wanted to give up, times I wanted to turn around & head to the bottom, times that I forgot why I initially set this goal for myself.
The top was BREATHTAKING! With rain the entire drive in, I didn’t have the best expectation for the view, but as we got closer to the top the clouds parted long enough to take in the spectacular view!!!! It was almost as if the clouds were meant to part, so I could see the results of my hard, tiring hike.
This trip was more for my belief in myself & to show me that I can conquer anything thrown in front of it as long as I don’t give up and turn back around! I learned more about me on this trip than I have in the last few months!
“Everybody wants to reach the peak, but there is no growth on the top of a mountain. It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak.” ~ Andy Andrews
My next personal challenge both mentally and physically is coming up at the end of August. I will be headed out for 3 night backpacking trip climbing the Skyline Trail in Jasper. This will be a personal test for me climbing through snow, rain, wind, and thick dense trees. Along with Wolves and mountain lions, though seldom seen, roam these high valleys in search of prey. Grizzly bears can be spotted digging for ground squirrels or munching on plants in trail side meadows and as a special treat for the lucky few, woodland caribou call the area of the hike home as well!! – I accept my next challenge! Now who wants to do some hiking with me to prepare?