Lesson Learned at Mount Warning

We live in a world where information is not further away than a search on Google, which have made our civilization to be rather knowledgeable. You can search for anything and everything. You can find videos, images, explanations, maps, games, forums, ect. Literally you can become knowledgeable by the click of a button and a little concentration. However there are certain things that you won’t find in front of a computer. I came to learn that climbing a mountain is much harder that it looks, when watching documentaries or looking at pictures.

This weekend I climbed Mount Warning on a trip arranged by USC International Student Association.  Mount Warning is 1200m high, and approximately an 1100m elevation walk from the starting point. I walked a total distance of 16 km and it took approximately 4 hour.

The case is that I signed up for the Hike of Mount Warning with the idea that it would be a walk in the park. I had looked up beforehand the walking distance and nothing about it scared me. However I had not taken into consideration that I would be climbing more than 1km altitude.  The fact that I did not have respect for the task I was going to complete; is a clear warning signal.

The point I would like to state, is that we in a high knowledgeable society has come to believe more in theory then real life experience. There are certain things in life that books and theories cannot tell us, and that is the physical exhaustion you will experience on you own body, when you for instance climb a mountain like Mount Warning.

When I reached the top my shirt was soaking wet and I personally gained some respect for people climbing mountains that are 2, 3, or even 4 times higher. What they are doing is challenging, even though they are just walking the most of the way. What they do must be admired. So Lesson Learned: Do never judge beforehand. Do always taste before you respond that you do not like it, and remember to remain respectful for people doing things that you do not know anything about.