I like the mountains because they make me feel small. They help me sort out what’s important in life ~ Mark Obmascik
I have always loved hiking but the most I ever did was forests! The best part of the view for most people has always been the background of mountains we spot from a far. But so few of us consider chasing the mountains.
It’s one thing when you have to admire those mountains from afar…it is another thing if you get to climb them. Once you start climbing mountains, your entire dynamics of hiking change. Almost as though you graduate from a casual hiker to somewhat of serious hiker before you become an actual real hiker.
But, even though I was always one to fancy climbing my thing was always forests. Give me a forest and I will thrive. I was always the kid who looked for forests and rivers like my life depended on it. While being around trees always gives me so much joy and peace, I always willed to climb hills and mountains, and it wasn’t until the onset of Corona that I began to actualize these desires.
COVID EFFING 19!!
I know! Corona virus has been such a bitch, and not just in my country but the entire world. This pandemic has caused a stop to so much and struggling families are really having it tough this period.
However, for me, COVID-19 gave me an opportunity to start doing the things I love. I don’t know about other teachers but for me, Corona provided a well-needed break that I didn’t even know I needed in the first place.
Being in forests too much can make you think that you are in-tuned with the vastness of mother nature until you get to explore the rest of what nature has to offer.
Where I come from, you can clearly see Mt. Kenya. While I loved the view, I wanted to climb and conquer that mountain.I want to stand up that peak and see my country and what its made from, to experience the vastness of the changing universe around me.
When I found out my body was eating at me, all I wanted to do was checkout most things on my bucket list and Mt. Kenya, for the longest time has been top of my list. And well, that means prepping for the climb is equally important.
It’s one thing to climb Mt. Kenya, being ready for it is another thing. And while desire is one heck of motivation, some mountains you just can’t climb alone and no one in my circle wanted to do this “wild excursion”. So, when a friend introduced me to Bucketlist Adventures, I saw an opportunity to finally start mountaineering.
Mountains teach that not everything in this world can be rationally explained ~ Aleksander Lwow
When I joined the group, the first poster I saw was the Nachu Ridge Hike poster. At KSH. 1900, on the 4th of July I was able to do my first serious hike with a group of awesome peeps.
That Saturday morning I woke up ready to ace this thing. I woke up at 3 am to get all my snacks ready and do some yoga before I embarked on what would be my first real hike with actual hikers. And boy was I excited!
The pickup time was 5:30 am and even though I was a little late, bucketlisters are the type of people who never leave anyone behind. We were ready on the trails by 8am and Oh! Yes! This was how my love for hiking started.
Not only was this ridge absolutely magnificent and moderate, the views from every high-point were to die for. Climbing up and down those rocks was thrilling. Every rest point felt like the kind of sanctification that washes your sins away and reminds you that you are a child of nature and whilst this is somewhat forgotten….one needs to be constantly reminded.
You Need The Right Group of People
I cannot insist enough on this! YOU NEED THE RIGHT GROUP OF PEOPLE!
Hiking is not escapism; it’s realism. The people who choose to spend time outdoors are not running away from anything; we are returning to where we belong. ~Jennifer Pharr Davis
I walk, run, and do yoga a lot so my fitness wasn’t so bad. For me, being with a fast group of hikers was a worthy challenge for me. However, in hikes – there are beginners and experienced hikers. For beginners, the group of people you pair yourself with matters a lot. It could be a make or break in hiking for you.
I recommend finding a group that is exciting and encouraging at the same time for your first hike. With a group, you not only get fresh hikers, you also get good company and refreshing stories. You get ease in what seems to be very challenging. You get encouragement and motivation when you feel like you legs can’t make it through the entire climb. You get snacks when you forget to pack yours. You get stretching before and after, and most importantly, you get to go home with a group of new friends!
I met so many people on that hike that I have kept as friends today and whom I have done other hikes with. But it was the attitude and love for hiking of the group of guys I met on this hike that got my hiking desires all charged up.
Hence, if you are looking to explore nature a little bit beyond forest trails, then you need the right group of people. You need a team that makes sure everyone enjoys and a group that leaves no man behind. And if you are Kenyan, lives in Kenya, or you’re just visiting, then you need to hook up with Bucketlist Adventures and see if your first experience is as exciting and propelling like mine.
Sometimes It Takes the View from Above
It is one thing to enjoy the view from afar…it is another thing when you experience the view from above!
You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you. ~ John Muir
For a fast real mountaineering kind of hike, Nachu Ridge was a crude meal, no doubt, but the best of all sauces is hunger and I had the hunger for the ridges, hikes, and mountains. The trails were crooked, winding, lonesome, dangers, but lead me to the most amazing view. This ridge rose into and above the clouds and I never looked back.
Someone said that wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread, and this has proven to be so true during this damned pandemic.
On this hike, none of my knowledge, my reading, my connection were of any use here: two legs sufficed, and all I needed was my big eyes to see with. This was the hike that made me want to walk alone or with company, across mountains or through forests.
With hiking, you are nobody to the hills or the thick boughs heavy with greener. You are no linger a role, or a status, not even an individual, but a body, a body that feels sharp stones on the paths, the caress of long grass and the freshness of the wind.
When you walk, the world has neither present nor future: nothing but the cycle of mornings and evenings. But the walker who marvels while walking has no past, no plans, no experience. He has within him/her the eternal child. While walking this ridge, I was but a simple gaze.
On this hike, I walked slowly to enjoy freedom, and when I came out of the ridge, I saw the sky over the prairie, and I thought that if heaven was real, I hoped it was a place I never had to go, for this earth is greater than any paradise!