|Bagging 350 kg of food to feed 12 for 27 days!|
I am writing this on day 6 of my 27 day "hike". By the time you read this I will have completed more than half of my hike as this is from a letter mailed back to the States.
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this course and entered it with some trepidation, but so far I am loving it - well, 95% of the time. Sometimes I am just too tired to care! We hike, on average, 6 hours a day with 50+ pound packs on our backs. It is definitely more physically challenging than anything I have done before --- yes, including summiting Kilimanjaro! New Zealand is a gorgeous country and experiencing it without any electronic distractors has made me notice the breathtaking surroundings -- the grand vistas as well as the smaller, close beauty -- so much more.
|Dingle Burn River|
I know I am less than a quarter of the way through, and while the hiking and leadership aspects will continue to push and challenge me to the max, I also know that I will be rewarded. I am confident that I will have a greater appreciation for the world around me, grow as a person, and find new inner reserves from this experience - as I have from my previous adventures during this incredible gap year.