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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Memories: Trekking the Himalayas

 

As a child, I wasn’t much interested in taking risks, especially physical risks. I never climbed mountains, shot a gun, raced a car, or jumped off roofs. Those activities were for crazy people. I much preferred playing it safe, protecting my physical well-being as a matter of course. I looked both ways when I crossed the street, probably at a very early age, and have no scars from touching a hot stove. I’ve never broken a bone or even sprained an ankle.

But at the age of 54 and 50, respectively, my husband and I decided to go on a trek in Nepal. I was thrilled and terrified about the thought of sudden winter storms, washed-out bridges, freezing cold, falling into an “eastern toilet,” dysentery, and other maladies that could show up on such an adventurous (and dangerous) trip. With my husband’s encouragement, I decided that if we prepared well, we’d be fine.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Feats of Strength: Climbing the Himalayas

 

I don’t intend to mislead you; I’m not a regular mountain climber. But I did go on a trek to the Himalayas and it took plenty of strength to get through the trip. Not just physically, but mentally.

Traveling is something we loved to do, especially to Asian countries. So I asked a friend whose husband led tours for the Sierra Club what they would recommend. (She often went with him.) The two top choices were India and Nepal. I’d already asked my husband about India, even though I wasn’t that enthused; the squalor would have been intimidating and overwhelming to me. So we voted down India. But Nepal: that sounded like the adventure of a lifetime. And yet the idea of mountain climbing, third-world conditions, freezing cold—well, you’re looking at a wuss when it comes to physical demands. But the opportunity was too good to pass by. Although we weren’t fans of Sierra Club politics, I knew their tour guides were carefully chosen. So as we made our plans to take the trek, I worked on managing my anxiety about what the trip would require of me.

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