I remember exactly a year ago...
I remember the whispering of snow melting on the bamboo trees.
I remember the cracking of the ice under my feet.
I remember holding on to the warmth of the water inside my bottle.
I remember the kindness of the young Chinese guys who stopped to help me when I had slipped
I remember the long flights of stairs that seemed to disappear in the frozen fog.
I remember the weight of my thick coat and my backpack.
I remember the absence of feelings in my fingers and my feet.
I remember the hunger when starting a day of hiking on an empty stomach.
I remember the eyes of the monkeys staring at us and yelling like they were mocking us.
I remember the fear when going through passages where heavy rocks can fall anytime and are made more silent by the snow.
I remember the emotional exhaustion, the desperation to feel like you can't do it. .
Part of me regrets deciding to climb up Emeishan during the coldest month of the year. Part of me is thankful that we got to push our limits. Would I do it again in the same position? Probably. Will I do it again in the future? Heck no. Thank you again to @turkish.life.lover, you were strong when I couldn't!
This photo brings me right back to Vernazza and the 5 million steps we had to climb to get to our @Airbnb rental. Travelling is not only good for the soul, but for your physical health as well 😉 #mykindofexercise
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