Last Wednesday Kyle and I had our first classroom session for our Boealps course, which is our mountaineering course we will be wrapped up in until June. We were allowed to attend the first class only after we passed our fitness test, a hike up Mt. Si on an incredibly wet and rainy Saturday morning. We arrived for our fitness test at the dark hour of 6:30am and promptly had our backpacks weighed and in times written down. Then we began to book it up the mountain. The reason for our haste centered around the fact that not everyone actually makes it into the class. A fact we were informed of while getting ready to set off. Turns out they were planning on cutting fifteen of the eighty-five people they currently had signed up… Kyle and I both had the same thought: sure as hell isn’t going to be us.
Everything was going swimmingly until we were about twenty minutes from the top and I was really laying on the steam, trying to make it up in an hour and a half, when I noticed Kyle was lagging a little behind. Always the worry wort, I slowed a bit to see what was up.
“Hey, you okay?”
“Yeah, just feeling like I might throw up.”
“What!?!?! Why?? Something you ate?” (If you know me you know that I think throwing up is just about the worst thing that can happen to a person…)
“Uh, no… um, just a little hung over from, uh, the beers I had last night with Phil.”
“How many did you have?”
“Uh, I don’t know, we split a pitcher.”
**Silence on my end. Pace increased to the point where even I was having a hard time maintaining it, but screw it, Kyle had to pay.**
So that’s pretty much how the fitness hike went. I felt not a drop of pity for Kyle and his throw up and we made it up and back in almost exactly three hours.
So with the fitness test out of the way and our acceptance into the course official we have attended our first class, been told a thousand times classes and outings can not be missed, watched a pretty awesome video of last years climbs, got pretty stoked, and are now anxiously waiting for the goodness to really begin. I am filled with fear and self-doubt, curious to see how I will do in situations that scare the living daylight out of me, but excited to be pushed and challenged and growing, once again.