‘I don’t believe it!’
Sorry, you mountaineers out there and I know there are a few (!), but it’s true.
There’s a tarmac path on part of the ancient miners’ route up Mt. Snowdon!
Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales and very popular with climbers, old and young. The Snowdonia National Park Authority say that they want to give easier access for those with disabilities. Fair enough but apparently people are now taking their children up there in push chairs. What do you think about that?
There’s always been a train for those unable to make the summit on foot but this tarmac path does seem a step too far, and the locals who know the mountain well are not at all happy about it.
Over on Zen Habits Scott Dinsmore has written an enlightening post about climbing the mountains of life. It started me thinking (off I go again…) about how we can put a Positive Spin on facing even the smallest of problems. We just need to look at how a mountaineer does it.
- The climber must make up his mind to face the challenge that the mountain will bring.
- For some of you, deciding to face a nagging problem will be a challenge in itself. That’s fine. If you like, you can decide that you’re not ready today. No problem. You’ve decided… not to decide. But you’ll know when you’re ready to face it with a positive attitude.
2. Get equipped.
- A climber has to assemble everything he needs for the climb.
And… he must carry it with him.
- You must prepare. too. Get information, ask for advice, and take it. You can’t face this blind. You must be well equipped and take it all with you.
3. Make a plan.
- The climber takes a map and compass. He needs to find his way. There might be low cloud. Mist. He can’t risk losing the path or falling.
- You need to make a plan. Make a step by step list of how to tackle the problem. Tiny steps count. They add up. Taking it steady is the answer. Keep to the path.
4. Find some buddies.
- The climber will be unlikely to set off alone. He’ll have fellow climbers with him who may be more experienced, who he can turn to when there’s a set back. They can support one another.
- You need buddies too. People who know how it feels to have this problem, who can stand in your shoes. They’ll give you support when you feel like giving up.
5. Take a break.
- The climber will need to rest. There’s no point in getting exhausted. A few minutes rest can make all the difference between success or failure.
- You will need a break too. Sometimes you won’t feel like carrying on with the task for today. Just wait, until you feel refreshed and ready to continue.
6. ‘Easy’ is not best.
- A climber will say that the easy way up Snowdon is not the best. The whole point of a mountain climb is the challenge it brings and the satisfaction that comes from meeting that challenge. The tarmac path presents little challenge.
- Don’t imagine that facing and meeting your challenge will be easy. What would be the point? Follow the mountain climber’s example. Approach your climb with foresight, common sense and patience and… properly equipped in every way.You’ll be glad you did.
What’s your personal mountain?
Will you take the challenge?
For more on this subject you might like to read this post.
- Mountaineers condemn tarmac pathway up Snowdon (telegraph.co.uk)
Header photo courtesy of abyreed on Flickr