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Kaila, the mum of Wyatt, from Wyatt Maktrav’s Adventure, has shared this inspiring piece about what it means to climb mountains. If you love to hike no doubt, you can relate, but if you are like me and avoid anything steep I find it inspiring and a good kick up the bum to go and climb.
To travel is to live! Discovery is freeing!
It’s hard to find out where you belong if you’re rooted in one place. It’s hard to see inside yourself if you haven’t been in new situations and tested yourself. Travel makes you a stronger and a more dynamic human being. It pushes you to your limits, and it teaches you patience, flexibility, and endurance.
There are many different types of travellers. Some just take an exotic vacation once or twice a year. Some live on the road. No matter what kind of wandering you do, engaging in unique experiences for the first time is enriching and heightens your sense of wonder.
It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves Sir Edmund Hillary once said, “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” Travel is more than a change of scenery; it’s a journey of self-discovery. As Sir Edmund stated, mountains can help us learn who we truly are.
Mountain climbing is a liberating experience. Breathing the crisp, cold air, and pushing your body to its utmost limits brings you clarity on an exceptional level. Your mind becomes so focused, the only thoughts you have are about the mountain, and how to conquer yourself to reach its summit. You are one with the peaks. You are thinking like a mountain. You are ascending to an unparalleled level of understanding and awareness that can help you live your life both on the slopes and on the flat.
Discover your inner self
Travel is about more than just seeing new things, though of course, expanding your circle of knowledge and understanding is a huge part of it. It’s about discovering you as a person, and looking inward through your outward experiences. Mountain climbing is like nothing else you’ll ever do. There are inherent risks that come with it. There is no getting around that. But perhaps that’s part of the thrill. Maybe the hazards teach you to be more alert, more self-reliant. The mountain opens you up to your surroundings, external and internal, in ways that nothing else can. To accomplish your task of reaching the summit, you have to be able to have confidence in yourself. You must know that you are capable and strong. A mountain teaches you that you can do anything you put your mind to. The euphoria that accompanies reaching the summit is beyond compare. Stepping out of your comfort zone brings you to the best experiences in life. You have to sacrifice some ease and convenience to truly live.
Open your eyes to the world around you
The ultimate goal of travel should be to open your eyes to the world around you and your true self, and to reach the realisation that you are capable and valuable. Travel is probably the best way to learn your place in the world. It helps you to reach the equilibrium of understanding where you know that while you are one of many, you are equally important. You come to realise that many have gone before you, and many will come after, and yet, this doesn’t diminish the significance of your travels in any way. You understand that the act of climbing the mountain is a declaration of independence. You are freeing yourself from the boundaries of the conventional world. You have the mindset of, “You don’t think I can do it? Watch me!” You gain confidence and independence. You develop skills that you would have only dreamed of otherwise. Mountain climbing is an experience like no other. It pushes you; physically, mentally and emotionally. The rewards are immense. First and foremost, nothing can beat the view from a mountaintop. That’s rewarding enough in itself. The strenuous exercise hones your body and improves your health. You’ll meet new people from all walks of life, and it will broaden your understanding of the world around you.
Learn life’s lessons
Mountain climbing teaches you many lessons. It teaches you that you are capable of more than you think. It teaches you that you need to push yourself, and fight for what you want. In today’s society, we are used to instant gratification. On the slopes, you won’t receive what you want or need straight away; you have to work for it. You’ll learn that there is always something more to be discovered. Your adventures are never over. As soon as you think you’ve seen it all, something new comes around the corner, and your sense of wonder wakes once again.
Mountaineering teaches you the value of silence as a tool of self-discovery and focus. While talking to people can teach you some things, other realisations will only come to you on the trail at dawn, with no one else around. The silence is not empty; it is brimming with awareness, just waiting for you to wake up to it. When you look inward, you will discover things that you had no other way of knowing.
Don’t drag yourself down
Expeditions teach you the art of minimalism. You can’t pack too much, or else it’ll weigh you down. You pack what you need and no more, a good philosophy for life back on the ground. It teaches you not to drag yourself down with material objects that have no meaning. Pack light, travel light, be light. It will do you good. If your travels become dry and uninteresting, you may not be truly experiencing your adventures. You may be only sightseeing, a tourist when you should be an explorer. Adventure is fulfilling. You receive countless benefits from being present and experiencing life to the utmost extent.
In travel, you belong to nowhere and everywhere at once. To no one and everyone. Adventure provides you with the unique balance of experiencing something that no one else has, and at the same time, sharing your experiences with countless other people. You, and you alone, will climb that mountain. So will others, and they, in their way, are climbing it by themselves and alongside you at the same time. You are sharing everything with everyone, and you are on your own. It’s wonderful. The balance provided by travel is enriching and enlightening.
Climbing a mountain is an experience like no other. It will expand your awareness of yourself and your surroundings. It will push you to new horizons. It will strengthen you, physically and mentally. You will take away from the peak something that you can’t find anywhere else on the planet. Go and climb a mountain. It will do you good.
So, what are your thoughts?
More About ‘Wyatt Maktrav’s Adventure’….
Kaila Sharlene from Wyatt Maktrav’s Adventures is a freelance web developer/designer by profession and mountain climber, traveller and adventurer by passion. They always climb as a family and their son Wyatt Maktrav has already climbed more than 30 mountains at the age of 3. Follow their awesome family adventure on social media: