I need to say something and it will come across as a rant, but well, this has been milling about my mind for a while and it's time to get it off my chest. After I was sexually assaulted I developed a fondness for hot showers. The kind that would fill the entire room with … Continue reading A Post Completely Unrelated to Hiking.
I woke up this morning to the feeling of my heart frantically trying to beat its way out of my chest. (thumpthumpthumpthumpthump) Threw the blanket off and let the cool morning air ease the physical aches setting into my bones. Wiped the cold sweat from my forehead with a trembling right hand and tried with … Continue reading Days 11+12: 23km, A Rat Bastard Named Seamus, and The Return of the Inner Voices.
I apologise for being so absent - as it goes with trails, I found myself in an area with only the slightest bit of cell reception (and that's if I hold my arm at a 90 degree angle on the right side of my bed whilst jumping up and down on one foot and patting … Continue reading Days 9+10 – 32km And Someone To Talk To (!!!).
Yesterday was nothing exciting sadly. I spent the day in Killarney, hunting for new hiking boots. I was successful and even has some time left over to enjoy my first pint of Guinness in an actual Irish pub! The day was full of anxiety and there was a lump in my throats from the moment … Continue reading Days 7+8: An Endless Amount of Steps, OR, I forgot my Step Tracker Again.
Yesterday was the furthest I've walked yet and it was, in one word, spectacular. It rained all day and I spent the majority of the hike on (astonishingly beautiful) country roads, but the feeling of accomplishment that comes with walking that far after an early-morning anxiety attack is like no other. The voices in my … Continue reading Day 6: 25.79km, 37 402 steps and 1 pair of broken boots.
I tend to underestimate myself, never truly seeing my full potential. Maysen's the name, self- deprecation's the game! Yesterday, despite my self-doubt, I climbed a mountain. The morning was brilliantly lazy - I woke up by the ocean, lounged in my tent and caught a ride to the trail at 11. Despite the sun and … Continue reading Day 4+5: I Forgot To Turn On The Step Tracker…BUT Climbed A Mountain.
From the moment I opened my eyes I could feel it in my bones. It was going to be a trying day. Physically, I was well-rested and bearably sore. Mentally, I was a wreck. Hyper-aware of every heart beat (thu-thu-thu-thump), I could literally feel the anxiety crawling up my skin. It started in my fingers, … Continue reading TIW Day 3: 21.38 km, 28 039 Steps (and a few tears).
Today there were 2 major ascents, with this absolute gem breaking them up. Today was tough on many levels. Physically it was ridiculously demanding and I'm quite in awe of myself if I'm being completely honest! Scrambling up rocky trails, rerouting to avoid sinking into bogs (which happened twice) and my pack, well my pack … Continue reading TIW Day 2: 16km, 25 400 Steps.
Day 1 and I'm feeling decently accomplished! Today's hike was absolutely breathtaking. I literally walked THROUGH a rainbow. It was tough-going with seemingly endless uphill climbs and my shoes were soaked through about 2 hours in. Then I started pouring rain. After a mad scramble for my rain cover, I trekked on, serenading the (also … Continue reading TIW Day 1: 17.5 km, 26 108 steps and ALL the sheep.
I'd like to preface this by stating that never in my life have I ever walked 26km in one go. Furthermore, never in my life have I ever walked 26km in one go while carrying 12kg on my back. Nonetheless, over the course of 12 hours tomorrow, this distance will be accomplished. The next day? … Continue reading Day-1: The Pre-Adventure-Jitters.