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Estrella Peak, AZ
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Estrella Peak, AZ 
Estrella Peak, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2015
Hiking6.80 Miles 3,286 AEG
Hiking6.80 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   1.32 mph
3,286 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I reached the ridge, finally seeing my goal, and looked at my watch.
It looked an hour away.
The route had looked so obvious on HAZ, I had not even brought my GPS, and had gone up the wrong ravine. My shin was still on fire from an Agave stab, the Catclaw had gotten thick, and now I was behind schedule. I was not going to be back on time to do the Stuff That Needs To Get Done. I was not happy.
Why was I here? Why couldn't I just be content wandering the washes below, taking pictures or sitting in the shade drinking a beer? What if a rock tipped and I snapped a tibia? Or worse? Who would provide for my family? Why am I drawn to things that are so difficult?
****! I repeated, and put one foot in front of the other.
The top was not an hour away, and soon I was sitting in the shade with a snack and a nice summit brew. The view was awesome, and when I headed down I found the return ridge to be stellar off trail - a ballet on stone. I was in the zone, visually evaluating the terrain, using hands and feet to glide forward, then sideways, even backwards from stone to stone as the incline dictated. My brain and body working in unison, controlling momentum, compensating for loose boulders that teetered under my weight. They say we are happiest when we are challenged by a difficult but not impossible task, and I was happy.
In Personal Training this is referred to as building Self Efficacy - a person's belief about his or her ability and capacity to accomplish a task or to deal with the challenges of life. You don't instruct a beginner client to do 100 Burpees - they will fail, probably vomit, and will believe in themselves even less than when you started. The key is to provide an attainable goal every time, create a victory that fuels the desire to be challenged again, and
create a mind and body that will grow in strength and resilience.
The ridge softened, I entered the wash, and followed it back to my truck. To some this peak is a walk in the park, for me it ended up being one of my hardest but most enjoyable day hikes. As I approached the city, I called my wife, and found that everything was fine and I could take my time. This isn't the place to describe the curveballs, sliders, and bean balls Life has thrown at my Family in the last 7 years - suffice to say we have been challenged in ways we never expected. As to whether these challenges are difficult but not impossible is something I don't know.
What I do know is that I will be sore tomorrow, but also a little more of why I (and I'm guessing more than a few of you reading this) am drawn to things that are difficult. I know this because my body is tired, but my brain is just a little more prepared to put one foot in front of the other.
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Brittlebush, Poppies, Hedgehog Cactus
The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
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