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Mount Lady Macdonald, Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, AB, Canada
Elevation: 8,550 ft
"If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars."
– Rabindranath Tagore
Due to the traumatic experience this spring, I didn't do the whole Triple Crown Challenge this season. I wasn't ready for it physically or mentally. Also, since I forgot the book I have only lists distances in one-way directions, my warm up hike when we first arrived to Banff turned out to be over 11 miles instead of just over 5. Misinformed shoe choices developed a horrid blister on the back of my right heel which then plagued me the rest of my trip.
The first few days of my trip, I wasn't particularly motivated; I felt out of sync with myself and the world, too inside my head, and overall, a mess. Here I was in one of my favourite places and instead of my usual adventurous self, all I wanted to do was space out and drink coffee. Dillon tried to push and encourage but with my hurt heel and being lost inside my head, I was finding it hard to listen.
A part of me still wanted to do the Triple Crown even though I didn't feel ready. Dillon was willing to give it a go if I was; though at this point, I think he was ready to hike to hell and back if it meant getting the me he knew back. We agreed to meet up with @floraclee to summit Lady Macdonald first, assess how we felt and if we could do Ha Ling and EEOR the following day.
Lady Mac was a wake up call. The relentless ascent was unforgiving and as I struggled I realized that I wasn't just reliving my assault, I was letting him continue that trauma by giving up the things that mattered to me because he used them as justification and hating myself for what happened. The self hatred kept me from the gym and that kept me from climbing and hiking because I didn't feel up for it. Lady Macdonald slapped me in the face, grabbed me by the shoulders and reminded me of who I was before; no, who I am: a confident, fearless, intelligent, and strong woman with badass hobbies like climbing and mountaineering. I wasn't born to hide from the world, I was born to explore.
📷: Random happy stranger
#nobadvibes a motto we must remember every day. Because good thoughts attract good things. Positive thoughts help our desires to come true. Happiness brings Happiness ✌🏼 Love begets Love 💞 Our mind is more important than we imagined. And it‘s reponsible for the way we take our lives. Most of the time, our happiness depends only on us. But being close to people with a good vibe is also important. #morelovethanhate
"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."
– John Burroughs
While visiting Austin at the end of April, I was sexually assaulted by the friend I was staying with. As if the assault itself wasn't traumatizing enough, the betrayal of being victimized by someone I trusted was suffocating. I came back to Portland another person: angry, hurt, hateful, and untrusting. I isolated myself, thinking I would get over it on my own if I just compartmentalized and thought about other things.
My grades began to slip because I couldn't sleep or focus and eventually one of my professors pulled me aside after class and asked what was happening. I started apologizing and before I knew it, I was crying because I didn't know how to make my life work anymore. She listened as I told her what happened and then walked me down to the place I could get the help I needed.
Seeing a therapist helped me get my academics back in order but it's taken more time to get the rest of my life back. Despite pulling the 4.0 through for spring quarter, I felt broken and still hated myself. I stopped training for the Triple Crown, I stopped climbing, I stopped hiking, in a lot of ways I stopped living.
Canada always seems to know exactly what I need every time I go and my trip this July was no different. I didn't do the whole Triple Crown, I didn't hike as much as I usually would have but I found peace inside myself. I started climbing again, finding solace in rekindling the love for the feeling of rock under my hands rather than being frustrated at the progress I'd lost. Being outside reminded me of who I am and want to be. I found joy to replace the anger and, slowly, I'm learning to love myself again.
📷: Meghan Chia