Saturday, July 6, 2013

Ridge Hiking and Knowing When To Turn Around

Getting out in nature is just one of my most favorite things to do (OBVIOUSLY)  and I have no issue getting out alone. Actually when I'm alone I feel as though it can be pretty therapeutic. I don't want to let the fact that I may not have someone to hike with hold me back from being and seeing the beauty. With that said though, I do stick to hikes that I am comfortable with and when I do challenge myself, I make sure that I'm not in over my head. I have no problem turning around if I don't feel comfortable completing a section by myself.
 
 The two peaks in the background are the American Fork Twins. This was my original destination. The ridge on the left hand side is the route I took.
Failed attempt.
 
Talking about turning around, this past week I did some ridge hiking that took me to the top of Hidden Peak at Snowbird and from there my plan was to continue on another ridge up to the American Fork Twin Peaks. I was about three quarters the way on this pretty gnarly ridge when I stood on this boulder with every side dropping off and a gap between the next boulder. Since I was alone and feeling a bit nervous I decided to turn around. Ahhh, I hate it when I don't or can't complete what I have set out to do, but I knew it was safer to head back. It is important to trust your instincts and know your abilities. Far too often I hear about people getting lost or hurt or whatever on the mountain and some of these incidences can definitely be avoided if you are honest with your abilities an have some knowledge about what and where you are climbing or exploring. It is great to challenge yourself, but also know your limits, specially when you are by yourself.
Get out and explore.
 
Until next time,
Happy Trekkin'.