|Group||Me & AJ, joined some YoPros|
I got talked into doing Mt. Baldy instead of Cucamonga Peak this morning. Unfortunately the whole hike, I wasn’t happy – I was grumpy up to the summit and on the way down. A friend had convinced me to skip Cucamonga and do Baldy when I wasn’t mentally ready or calendar ready. I hung back to take care of a hiker that was worse off than I was. He was cramping, not prepared, and shouldn’t have been on the mountain. He ran out of water. Although I was not happy, I was better off than him. I gave him a liter of my water, causing me to run out of water before the summit on a hot summer day! I was physically better prepared than the other hiker, and I wanted to make sure he would be okay. It was nice to see how the community of hikers take care of one another when we past other groups and they could clearly see that the other hiker was struggling. On the way down, after we had watched over the hiker, he ran down, didn’t stay with the group, and just took off. It was irritating especially since we guided him through, the whole way up. I was even more bummed because I wasn’t happy about this hike, that I didn’t enjoy it (the first time around). I’m not complaining about this hike – I’m writing about this experience, because it’s important to recognize that it’s not always a good time – it’s a challenge and sometimes we have our bad days. At the time, I knew I was going to redo the hike, in a better mindset. I ended up repeating the hike when I was ready and when I wanted to do it. It was such a great experience the second time around, and I enjoyed every minute of it, even when I was hiking everyone’s favorite lovely ski hut trail. The next time I chose to take ski hut up and devil’s backbone down. I took another hiker with me, it was her first time, and we had a blast! It wasn’t as crowded and just an amazing sight! I can’t wait to do it again!