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Lessons From the Mountain: What Hiking Teaches Us About Relationships

October 30, 2014
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Posted By: Kristen Hick, Psy.D.
Women staring at sunrise hiking

"There’s no doubt that some relationships will end, but some potentially good ones require you to push past whatever is going on to get to the other side."

As is true for so many who find their way to Colorado, I fell in love with the Rocky Mountains from day one. They are magnificent, beautiful, offer a Utopian escape from city life and above all else, teach you things about yourself that you never would have imagined.

When I started hiking 14-ers (14,000 ft. mountains) a little over a year ago, I had virtually no experience hiking, let alone hiking at such a high elevation. I was invited on a two-day backpacking trip to hike Mt. Uncompahgre; the sixth tallest mountain in Colorado. While I felt a bit scared about this new adventure and whether I would be able to reach the summit or die an inglorious death at 12,000 feet, I forged ahead and agreed to go.

To summit (to reach the top of the mountain) a 14-er is not as easy as it may sound. You might think, “it’s just an extra long hike and it gets a little hard to breath toward the end, right?” No.

Summiting a 14-er requires you to push through numerous mental road blocks, physical pain and exhaustion, help your hiking partners get to the top with you, and, if you’re lucky, getting to know yourself in a whole new way. READ MORE

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