Being there: GOLD highlight
The pinacle gold highlight position for our teams’ recent Snowdonia hiking goes to:
Gold winner: being there
Being completely there, watching where I place my foot, thinking about my balance, taking a deep breath of damp unpolluted air. My mind so totally wrapped up in the here and now that nothing bursts in. The details of work, home ownership, family membership are temporarily lost behind being on a mountain.
Even when I take a break from walking to soak-up the view I am still totally immersed in being on that mountain. The feeling is exquisit and rare. For me it compares to some unpublishable experiences and:
- racing a Laser in a force 4 gale
- climbing the technical move on a severe rated climb (highest grade that I managed).
- excellent sex
This experience achieved ‘4 Smiles’ on the Wendy House rating scale - Ratings explained
This highlight alone more than cancels out all the nastiness of the 3 winning downsides: