Virginia has been off the blogging grid awhile, but this week marks 5 years here at Roses in the Rubble (drum roll!) so she’s getting back into blogging grooves.
My brother and I recently returned from a two week visit to Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies (Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff & Calgary.) We saw some spectacular mountains and experienced a few high moments – high, as in ‘very high up,’ and high, as in highlights of trip. (A danger of traveling with my brother – he puns it up regularly!)
I’m not usually one for climbing high mountains (the altitude definitely debilitates this red head) or watching others tackle such tasks, but last week I watched Everest, an inspiring film based on a true story that hooked me with personal triumphs & tragedy… and cinematography that just, wowed!
Everest refers to Mount Everest, one of the tallest and hardest to climb mountains in the world located in Nepal. In 1996 New Zealander Rob Hall, who founded Adventure Consultants, successfully guided a group of climbers from a crowded base camp to the summit but they got caught in a blizzard-like storm on the way down. Inspiring story from start to finish (especially how Texan Dr. Beck Weathers fares) that moved my heart.
Lots goes into a climb like that (besides grit and determination): Oxygen, weeks of altitude acclimation (after months of training), knowledgeable guides, teamwork, trust (the ropes? ladder bridges?) … but then there’s The Mountain. Great takeaway line from movie as discussions about competition between various groups erupt, “it’s not about us vs. each other, it’s about all of us vs. the mountain.”
As the movie so aptly demonstrates when the going gets very tough.
Everest is a BIG mountain, a bit complicated to climb, but mountains of all sizes (even much smaller) can challenge us as my brother & I discovered while zooming around the majestic mountains of Banff National Park with our hired car.
Enjoying a scenic drive down the Bow Valley Parkway (sighting bull elks & a grizzly bear near the road) we decided to stop for a hike in Johnston Canyon to see several waterfalls. A 3 mile hike – how hard could it be?
I have a thing about heights (my knees & head wobble) but I also have a thing about waterfalls (they bobble my heart!) So we set off enthusiastically. Trudging along, we made it to the lower falls. Beautiful. But it was another mile to the upper falls, mostly up steps and a winding path. My in-shape-brother was a little surprised that we kept on going, but I was determined to see the upper falls.
(Bad knees, bad back, bad ankles, as in previously fractured, along with previous neck surgery for discs that occasionally misbehave..)
Huffing, puffing, I was quite pleased (& relieved) to reach the Upper Falls. We pushed hard and we made it! (Of course, we had to hike all the way back down and out – carefully!)
Legs, knees and back felt like jelly afterward (but hey, that’s what hot tubs are for!)
Maybe we aren’t all cut out for Mt. Everest, but we can be inspired to tackle what challenges us close-by (& maybe not quite so high.)
Check out the movie Everest (on DVD or movie channels) & get your climbing shoes on!
Grace, peace & mountain-highs
Virginia : )
p.s. Here’s a trailer for the movie ….