2 weeks ago
Success is that much sweeter after a failed attempt. 🏔
this past summer, willie and i attempted this route on a backpacking trip. it was one of those days when everything that could go wrong, did. due to multiple hiccups that morning, we didn’t make it into the trail until the afternoon. with temperatures in the 90s, direct sunlight beating on us the entire route, over 100 vertical switchbacks to tackle, a quick climb of 2,700ft elevation in just a few miles, 40lbs of weight in our backpacks, minimal sleep the night before and a long drive to the trailhead that morning... it wasn’t a great setup to begin with. halfway up the mountain i started showing signs of heat stroke. after another 20 minutes of me convincing my partner “i could do it”, my vision started to get blurry and willie could tell i wasn’t ok. a mistake on this trail could lead you on a long fall down the side of the mountain, so we had to turn back. i was sick the rest of that night but what really hurt was my ego, letting my partner down and the overwhelming feeling of defeat. many lessons were learned that day. •
willie and i returned to yosemite this weekend to celebrate our anniversary.
saturday morning, we were in route to hike a different trail when he asked how i felt about trying snow creek again. despite having a broken toe (🤫) i jumped at the opportunity.
it was one of the most difficult hikes i have ever done and it was also one of the most amazing feelings to complete. the views were incredible and both of us were so elated to finally conquer the route.
i am thankful to have a partner with an adventurous soul who pushes me to do things i’m unsure i’m capable of at times.
i am proud of myself. for trying again. for finishing. for constantly pushing myself to be better, go further and do more. there are difficult obstacles everywhere in life. it’s important to celebrate our victories, no matter how small. this is one of mine. 🌲