#fbf to that time last year when I climbed Mount Doom! Well, I guess it’s real name is Tongariro Alpine Crossing and we didn’t make it to Mordor but....
On my #straynz trip I had discounted doing this walk as, to be honest, it sounded ridiculously hard! I told myself I couldn’t do it. However, due to a combination of peer pressure and reassurance from the driver of our bus, I decided to give the nearly 20km hike UP AND DOWN AN ACTUAL MOUNTAIN a go.
And, suffice to say, it was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done! I fell more than once, nearly slipped off the whole thing and had bleeding feet by the end of it! However, I did learn a few things about myself, namely, that I could actually complete a treacherous hike in the winter (there was ice!), and I was proud of myself! (I also learnt what a Lahar is, because you could have been killed by one potentially towards the end of the hike....great. That’s less important, though).
It’s also the thing I’ve spoken about the most since returning home, so I’m glad I took the plunge, hiked the hike and what not!
Ps. Thanks to @straynz for encouraging me to face my fears!
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