13 Life Lessons Discovered While Hiking Mountains

Camelback Mountain on the way to the summit

Camelback Mountain on the way to the summit

I’ve been doing a lot of hiking in a variety of locations lately.  I noticed how similar it is navigating a mountain and navigating life.  Here are a few of my observations:

  1. Keep your eyes on the path since there are often things that could trip you up along the way.
  2. Take a moment every so often to stop and look at the views along the way – it’s not only the summit that is worth noticing, there are many views to be enjoyed along the journey.Desert Flowers
  3. Watch your footing – you never know if the ground you’re putting your foot on is stable until you test it a little.challenging footing
  4. The views at the summit are almost always worth far more than the work put in to get there.

    Castle Rock Summit - spectacular view of Lake Tahoe

    Castle Rock Summit – spectacular view of Lake Tahoe

  5. Many will admire the mountains, but not everyone will attempt to put the work in to reach the summit.
  6. Sometimes the terrain is not what you expected.
  7. Prepare for the unexpected – sometimes bad weather moves in fast.

    Storm on the horizon

    Storm on the horizon

  8. If you get caught in a storm take the time to analyze the situation with as much information as you have at the time and make a swift decision, then act!
  9. Take in the entire experience all the way through from the base to summit and back to the base.
  10. It’s more fun to hike with someone than going it alone.
  11. Look for signs along the way that assure you that you are on your desired route.Signs & Maps
  12. If you make a wrong turn, acknowledge it as soon as possible and backtrack as much as you need to until you can figure the best direction.
  13. Pick a focus and relentlessly pursue it until you reach it.Mountains to Climb!

Sometimes you learn a lot about the road you are on by taking one that is unfamiliar.  I find a great deal of wisdom is gained by placing myself outside my routine surroundings.  Sometimes the obvious is seen more easily by simply changing the scenery.

Along the route to Inspiration Point on McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Along the route to Inspiration Point on McDowell Sonoran Preserve