We’ve all heard the horror stories, when summit fever occurs and a trekker refuses to turn back even though their odds of surviving (or reaching the summit) are slim.
Today on trail’ology we’re talking about how this relates to those of us who aren’t epic mountaineers, just normal people who like to explore.
Yesterday we decided to pack the kid’s up and head up into the Snowy Range for a little bit of cross-country skiing. We haven’t skied up Barber Lake Road yet this winter so we decided to give it a try.
There was only one problem. Our adventure didn’t go as planned.
As we unloaded our gear, bundled up our kiddos, and snapped the ski’s onto our Chariot we were greeted with strong gusts of Wyoming wind. The kind of wind that makes you instantly want to move to Colorado.
But, we’re tough Wyomingites so we snapped into our ski’s, strapped on our poles, hoisted the baby up in the backpack carrier, tossed the toddler in the Chariot and started skiing, right into the wind.
The wind was in our faces. It was in our kid’s faces. There were tears, There were cries. We saw two little red faces with tears streaming down them. But, we kept on going, thinking that kid’s would eventually fall asleep. We glided cautiously across the icy snow, noticing how the wind had blown the snow completely off the road in places.
It was miserable. I didn’t even want to take a picture for fear that my camera would blow out of my hands.
After several minutes Al looked at me and said, “are we doing this because it’s fun?” And we made the decision to turn around and head back to the car.
Before we had kid’s Al and I would have toughed it out, too stubborn to quit. But now it seems like we often turn back before either one of us are ready to call it a day.
It wasn’t a complete bust though, the wind blew us back to our car and we didn’t even have to stride and our 2 year old was able to do some fun skiing while we loaded the car.
— Rebecca Walsh (@RebeccasTrails) January 26, 2014
A lot of times we think that we have to be epic explorers who never give up. But let’s be honest, sometimes if you’re not having fun or if it’s just not safe it’s best just to turn back and call it a day.
Do you ever quit before you reach your destination? When do you turn back and call it a day?