Well, we are now in the final countdown. We are only days away. In 4 days I will drive out of the drive way and head to Los Angeles to meet some of the Kili team members before boarding a long flight to Dubai.
The living room floor is covered with clothes, pack back, duffel bags, boots, hiking gear, water bottles, first aid supplies, toilet paper and MUCH more. Yes toilet paper. I think I now have everything purchased with the exception of some personal snack items that I will want for the flight and the trail and a soccer ball for Petro.
Am I prepared? I have trained hard physically. I have drained the bank account on gear and equipment. I have checked the list at least 15 times. I have tried on gear to make sure the combinations of layering works well and I can walk… At one point I began to wonder as I started to look and feel like the boy in A Christmas story.
Am I over thinking it? Probably. But I have never journeyed down a path like this before. I have never climbed a mountain 19,300 feet high. I have never hiked through 5 climate zones in 5 days. I want to be ready.
Great things in life require preparation. Preparation is not always easy. This has actually be kind of stressful. At one point, probably as I was taking out the plastic again, I said, “I thought this was supposed to be fun.” Don’t misunderstand me. It has been fun. The preparation has also been challenging and a learning experience. I have learned much about my self as I have been preparing.
I have learned that I…
- Second guess myself a lot
- Am cheap – I want the best but don’t want to pay for it.
- Need and value the wisdom of those who have gone before me.
- Am a visionary who often times gets overwhelmed by the details.
Am I prepared… we will know in a few short days.