Sri Pada ~ Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka
7,295 feet above sea level
I had decided to climb to this peak.
The ascent would start at 2am.
My guide (yes, the dog was my guide) escorting me to the base of the stairs.
Did I mention the 5200+ steps?
As in stairs. To the top.
A Temple on the ascent up
and a stall of refreshments
Pilgrims on the climb
1 hour into the climb I was still good.
2 hours into the climb of countless, thousands steps, the profanity started.
2.5 hours into this ultimate stair-master workout I was berating myself wondering why I thought this would be a good idea.
3 hours into the climb I made it to the peak.
It was still dark and it was cold.
This is how I stayed warm, awaiting the sunrise.
And then this…
The majestic beauty was overwhelming.
It made the 3 hour climb of 5200+ stairs 100% worthwhile.
and then, on shaky legs, the reality of what was next set in…
and I wanted to cry.
5200+ steps, to climb down, on legs already sensing the throb of things yet to come…
Climbing down was, by far, one of the most physically difficult things I have ever had to do.
But I made it down…
I had arrived,
one step at a time.
6 days later my calf’s & my quadriceps continue to feel whispers of the throb – But I am grateful for this feeling for it is a beautiful reminder of the wondrous journey I set out on.
And continue on…