Uff-da! (Mid-western for Holy Crappers)! Yesterday I fought, tooth and nail, to get to the top of Arkansas's Pinnacle Mountain. Alright, maybe not tooth and nail...but I definitely got a few scratches along the way. Along with several other summer interns, I climbed the mountain with the expectation that it wouldn't be very difficult. I'm in decent shape and we saw quite a few people with kiddos strapped to their backs. If someone can climb Pinnacle with 20lbs of human on their backs, it shouldn't be too difficult.
Unfortunately, no one told us to stick to the easy side of the mountain. Instead we took a long flat journey around the mountain to the opposite 'difficult' side. It was really pretty, but I remember thinking, "Man, when is this trail going to start going up?" I would soon regret that thought.
Here are some pictures of the scenic trail:
The trail was lovely and well marked. Every 20 feet or so, there would be a green mark on a tree or rock that would indicate that you were traveling the correct way. Then the trail just ended... we decided maybe it was an indication that the only way is either back or UP! So, we went up -
At first the vertical climb was not too bad, and then it became scary. We were grappling the mountain side and it came to a point where our only option was to continue up because trying to go back down would have been too dangerous.
There was a point when I feared we had made a terrible decision. That the way we were taking was going to lead us to our death either down the side of the mountain or would get too difficult to continue. It looked like no one had ever trekked this particular path before and was completely covered in moss. THEN there came a clearing and....we made it!
This picture was taken right after we made it to the top. I could barely keep my eyes open because of the sweat pouring into them:
Amazing view from the top!
And it may have been difficult, but I'm so glad I conquered that mountain. I would have been so disappointed if I had turned back around.
Once I reached the top, I felt like screaming, "Yeah, take that Pinnacle! You can't beat me!"
Enjoying my conqeuring post workout high.
What I took away from this experience: Even when the going becomes tough and it seems like there is no end in sight. Just keep going, keep pushing, because the clearing is not far away. And the view from the top is totally worth the hard work :)