There is so much to know about hiking shoes!
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This week, much time was spent researching.
So many details: materials, waterproofing, weight, thickness, soles, inner soles, arch and ankle support, proper sizing on flat and inclines, light boots, heavy boots, light weight shoes or sandals.
Let alone advice on foot care: breaking in boots, lace knotting, taping, powdering, oiling, foot soaking, elevation of feet, cleaning, drying, trimming nails and treating blisters.
And I haven’t even started on socks, gaiters, trousers, backpacks and other equipment.
And that’s not the end of the list, just the beginning.
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It’s quite amazing to live in a world transformed by the internet, where there is so much information accessible for just about every topic.
But information and knowledge are different from wisdom huh?
That deeply felt wisdom of the soul.
In the wake of big transitions in my life, living through grief, my deep intuitive knowing is calling me to do something big, something honouring, something monumental.
Each night, during Dad’s final days, i’d tuck myself into bed to read Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild”. The story about Cheryl’s trek along the Pacific Crest Trail following her mother’s death. I’d often be so tired that i’d only get through a few pages.
Since my father’s death i’ve felt a fire energy rising within me. Times of fiery anger, burning me away, extinguishing my core in preparation for renewal. Cleansing me, healing me. The call to action, to do something big.
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We’re in the early planning stages of a walk from Southern France into Spain. A trek of about 780km over 50 days.
We’re not doing a sacred religious or spiritual pilgrimage, or for personal healing or transformation.
We’re not going hard or toughing it out in order to suffer or prove something. We’ll average about 15km per day, which for us, as first time hikers, feels manageable.
We’re seeking to create a ripple, an experience in our life, something big that marks the passing of our father and honours the grief of childlessness, in a way that embraces this creative fire of life.
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In addition to advice from friends, the guides and website research on the trek, the locations, equipment, hostels etc, we’ve also been reading books about the art, the history, landscapes, the people, food and wine in this part of the world.
We don’t have a big wad of cash saved up, we’re going into debt, and although this makes me anxious, i am thankful for this blessing.
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With death around me, i’ve looked it in the eye and have its measure, its finality for this life is certain. It’s a such a cliché, but to fully embrace death makes life searingly precious.
It’s time for me to stop putting life on hold and to prioritise people, experiences, dreams, and focus my energy on what really matters.
What is important to you? How do you hold it sacred and embrace it wholeheartedly? What is the spark that calls you to action? I’d love to hear your story.
Any trekking tips or advice for a novice would be greatly appreciated as well.