It is Always a Race ð
I'm very glad I don't live in a crowded city (let's ignore LA traffic for a moment), where there is always people around you, "slowing you down". Maybe that's why I find so much pleasure in getting out to the trail, hiking at my own pace for miles and miles with very little contact with other people. But I wouldn't go as far as saying that I dislike running into other hikers along the way. I certainly enjoy meeting new people and not feeling completely alone in the mountains,Â but what I enjoy the most is letting my legs move as fast as they want and being ahead of the pack. I'm not sure if it's an ego thing but I'm not a fan of being the last in the group. This was never an issue for me since hiking is an activity I've mostly done alone, but this has changed in the last few months. I now share my adventures with a partner, who is fairly new to the mountains and doesn't really share my desire for racing everyone up the mountain. HavingÂ a partner has opened the doors to so many more adventures, especially now that Im trying to make my way into mountaineering,Â but it hasn't been easy to change some of "my ways". I'm learning to be more patient and better at communicating my ideas. I want to be a good partner, someone who is there every step of the way, evenÂ if it means being the last one to reach the summit.