So, this weekend I am hiking halfdome. It's one of those things to do before you die sort of places. I'm ashamed to admit that I have lived in the Bay Area since I was 10 or so, and have never been to Yosemite.
Here's the rubs (note the plural..). It's a pretty darn strenuous hike, and (despite playing weekly basketball) I am not in what you would call great shape. I'm gonna be a little embarrased if I don't even make it to the cables. Oh yeah, the cables. To actually get to the top, the last several hundred yards are essentially climbing up a better than 45 degree angle holding on to metal cables. Not the smartest thing I have ever done.
Last (and perhaps most foolishly) I am going with young people. Admittedly they are only 10 years younger, but still it adds up. Instead of staying there the night before, we are engaging in the lunacy of driving up overnight, and starting the hike from there. It makes me old just thinking about it. I'm not sure I could keep up with them even if I were well rested and prepared. Now, I think I might be set up to fail.
Here's the thing. I will be really disappointed in myself if I get all the way there & chicken out & don't climb to the top. I mean sure, if I don't think I can do it physically, I won't, because it is legitimately dangerous. But, I'll still be mad at myself.
I cannot wait for the incredible views tomorrow. This will be a great adventure. Here's hoping I can take it all the way.
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