Now that I have your attention, let me tell you about the time I almost died on a mountain. I’m sure you heard about it from other people, but this is coming from me. So it makes it more awesome for your eyeballs to read these words.
So August 25th we set out on a hike at 6:30 am, I really wasn’t sure what was ahead of me for the day. Had I known, I would have packed some more snacks and of course cheez-its. Of course (like a boss) I packed my Bear Grylls knife, duh, I was in bear country. Started out on this hike pretty easily, then we hit the waterfalls. Nothing but stone steps, at this point it seemed like hiking for hours and miles already. Here is me rocking the shit out of a green bandana.
Turns out that waterfall was nothing, a minor 2 miles in what turned out to be an 18 mile death hike. Of course we kept on trekking on like a pack of honey badgers. It probably wasn’t until mile 7 I started to really hurt from the inclines and killer switchbacks. I was suffering at the hands of mother nature, but luckily was hiking with some pretty persistent and motivational guys to edge me on. Otherwise I would have been fine with just letting them leave me on mountain. Probably falling asleep, and most likely wake up in the middle of the night with a bear eating my lower intestines like spaghetti. FAST FORWARD many hours of agony and 5 miles, the top of Clouds Rest! SUCCESS! See that little puny rock behind us? That’s Half Dome. That’s most hikers goal in Yosemite, I guess we have our targets set a little higher.
Begins the downhill journey. We were told it was a 7 mile hike to the lake where our chariot awaited. We were also told by some very misleading signs how far the lake was on our journey. Okay, so downhill shouldn’t be that bad right? It was pretty bad. Steep stepped switchbacks for a good portion of the journey, and of course some inclines. Crap, I suffered there too. We ended up hiking a good portion of the journey after sunset, and it was dark. Did I prepare for a night hike? No, so I had no flashlight whatsoever. Freaky.
It’s funny, during this hike the whole time, I was excited to get back to camp, grab a beer and jump in the lake, eat a Zinger. When it came down to it, I got to camp, ate a burrito and then made sweet sweet cuddles to my sleeping bag. I fought it going up the whole time, but am proud to say I survived the journey. Months ago I could not come close to even completing a minor portion of this hike. Now I am anxiously awaiting the next one.
So what’s the importance of this? and how does this relate to RADecals? I have no idea, instead it just seems like I hijacked this site into a personal blog, but I’m not. I have an idea, I want to start posting photos of my business card with events I do. Probably call an album “Business Card Adventures” on facebook, and upload whatever I can to it. It seems every week I put myself into an unfamiliar situation, out of my element sort of speak, I want to picture that and turn it into free advertising. Pretty clever huh.
Until then, I’ll try to keep my personal life of this, but no promises. I have a lot more stories, I wish I could tell you all of them.
“You see my arms are strong and I’m focused, we’re in store for better days.” – David McWane – Big D and the Kids Table