Personal Narrative- Mountain Hike Essay

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Personal Narrative- Mountain Hike

In hiking, as in life, there are choices between success and pain, pride and safety; this is the story of one such choice. Last summer I participated in the Rayado program at Philmont Scout Ranch. The eighth day of the trek was my crew’s greatest challenge: Super Black Death, a hike of seven peaks in one day.

By 4 PM we had conquered most of the peaks. As we were climbing what we thought was our sixth peak, Big Red, a storm struck. It was a cold driving rain that froze us as we struggled up the mountain. We reached the top jubilant, but exhausted. As the crew tried to get a bearing I came to the slow realization that we were not on Big Red, but another peak. We had two peaks to climb, and in
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At the peak, our guides gave our weary group two choices: head downhill and camp, or press on and finish Super Black in one day. It was a choice between safety and pride.

Physically I was drained, but emotionally I was psyched. I had set a goal to do something that I had never thought I could. I started the hike with little confidence, and had been sure that I would need to be hauled off the trail. Yet here I was, with only one peak left to go. I chose pride.

The hike lasted for another four hours. It stopped raining as approached our last peak, though, and the most beautiful sky broke, filled with more stars than I had ever seen. I began to experience a natural high and felt like I could go forever. On experiencing this scene I knew I had made the right choice.

After that hike, I have never again believed there was anything I could not do. Like the hike, it might take a little pain, but just as I was rewarded with the pride of having accomplished Super Black Death, the accomplishment will override the pain.

I have also learned that one cannot always play it safe. Since the hike, I have been more willing to take risks. The decision made on top of Big Red not to go to the safety of the downhill camp was symbolic of a larger transformation. I was becoming a greater risk taker, realizing that it is sometimes better to disregard safety, and to seize the opportunity. In this case, that opportunity was to hike all seven

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