You see, I’d made plans with a buddy of mine to hike the Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park here in Maine in mid-September. More than a hike, the Precipice Trail is really a stone wall climb up the side of a mountain. Enjoy this engaging five minute video from Unboring Exploring (click here) to give you a feel of the rocky cliff we’d be climbing.
As the hiking Wednesday approaches, the forecast is iffy. Rain is in the forecast for the day before, which will continue til the following morning on our hiking appointment with verticality. Despite the forecast, my buddy leans toward giving the climb a shot; wet conditions have never stopped him before. Fresh in my mind is my recent August hike up the stone facade of Mount Major in New Hampshire after a serious rainfall the day before (click here for that blog). Though the sun was out, my former Arizona State classmates and I found the stony mountainside a tad slippery.
You see, the Precipice Climb requires the grasping of metal rungs in order to summit; in other places we’ll be hand-grabbing up stone faces and cliffside-trail walking. Leery myself of climbing on wet surfaces, I text back and forth with mi amigo about weather conditions. Eventually I conclude I want to postpone. We reschedule for two weeks hence.
Now, I am not a big fan of disappointing others. Who is? I like to come through, but plowing ahead when new information is available is not always the bright thing for me to do. Once seduced into deferring to experts, I now trust my inner compass much more. When I ignore my gut feelings, I find that I can lose my “self,” have my soul get lost in the shuffle of meeting the expectations of others.
I know I have choices that I can exercise (appropriate word choice consider the climb ahead). In fact, my world and those I deal with is a better place when others know what I think and what I want, rather than having to guess.
And here’s the bottom line: I can make any decision be the best decision. If I don’t look back, neither ruing nor regretting, I can put all my energy into making the decision epic.
Addendum – Though my buddy may be disappointed, I bet he got over it quickly and moved on. What’s the pay off in pissing and moaning when someone honestly tells you how they feel?