Sunday, April 08, 2012
Today, I decided to face a fear. I chose to climb Mt. Wachusett with my two oldest children. Last summer we attempted this and I was nervous of taking the Bicentennial trail to the loop due to the tree roots and rocks. We attempted the Pine Tree trail which goes pretty straight up the mountain via a set of "stairs" made from the rocks. I huffed and puffed my way up, stopping several times with difficulty breathing and barely made it to the Summit Road. Once we reached Summit Road we had to turn back as they were doing construction on the road.
Today, we tackled the Bicentennial trail to the Loop, to Mountain House trail to the summit. Once we got beyond the tree root section (which I was less nervous on as my coordination has improved a lot), we faced the steep rock climbing session - At times I was on all fours climbing these rocks - thus the title of the blog. There were much fewer stops and we made it to the top in just 40 minutes. My kids were happy because I really only stopped climbing once near the top and it was for only a moment to catch my breath. I didn't even feel like collapsing at the top. The view was beautiful, although the wind was pretty strong, so the kids wanted to head back down fairly soon.
We went down the Pine Tree trail via the rock "stairs" commonly called "Jacob's Ladder". As we were beginning our descent, another family began their descent as well - cutting in front of us and moving very slowly. My kids were a little frustrated because they didn't want to rudely pass them, but felt that they were being held up. I suggested that they go ahead and I would get there eventually and they said, "Mom, we think you can go faster than they are too." When we reached a wide point on the trail, I went to the other side from the family in front of us and passed them. From there, my son and daughter took the lead, expecting to have to stop and wait for me at a couple of points, however, each time the looked back, I was pretty much right behind them. It felt great to complete the climb up and down in just over one hour. I am a Billy Goat and I have conquered Mt. Wachusett!