It’s been almost a decade since I last strapped on my hiking boots, felt the crunch of gravel beneath them, and breathed in the crisp mountain air. A decade since the last time I stood at the summit, with the world unfolding beneath me. Life happened, priorities shifted, and the mountains took a backseat. But now, the call of the wild is too strong to ignore. It’s time to lace up those boots once more, dust off the backpack, and embark on a journey into the heart of nature. This blog post is a personal account of reigniting the flame for mountain climbing and jungle trekking after a long hiatus.
The decision to return to the trails wasn’t made in an instant. It was a gradual realization that something was missing—a connection with nature that only the mountains and jungles could provide. The memories of past adventures surfaced, and with them, the eagerness to create new ones. The initial steps in planning felt like reacquainting with an old friend.
A decade has changed a lot, including physical fitness. The return to mountain climbing isn’t just about nostalgia; it’s a journey towards rediscovering personal strength and resilience. The training regimen, gear updates, and brushing up on navigation skills became integral parts of the preparation process. The excitement and anticipation grew with each passing day.
The mountains and jungles offer a plethora of choices. Deciding where to begin required thoughtful consideration. Would it be the familiar trails of the past or a completely new challenge? The criteria for selection involved a mix of nostalgia, curiosity, and the desire for new vistas. Researching potential destinations became a delightful venture, and the list of must-visit spots started to take shape.
Returning to mountain climbing after a prolonged break introduces an element of uncertainty. The trails have likely changed, and personal capabilities may have evolved. Embracing the unknown became part of the adventure—the unexpected challenges, the unfamiliar flora and fauna, and the chance encounters with fellow trekkers. It’s not just about conquering peaks; it’s about adapting to the ever-changing nature of the great outdoors.
Finally, the day arrives to set foot on the trail once more. The backpack feels heavier, the air thinner, but the spirit is undeniably lighter. The first steps mark the beginning of a new chapter, and every uphill climb is a testament to resilience. The sights and sounds of the mountains and jungles rekindle a sense of awe and wonder that only nature can evoke.