Here I am, trying to study for finals (Biology, Chemistry, and calculus exams back to back), but all I can think about is my next big backpacking trip. I know, I’m a terrible terrible student.
It’s stressful at times, planning that perfect trip. This will be a group trip, so there is a certain pressure to make both epic, and doable for everyone in the party. That’s tough.
This dream trip is to travel to Colorado this spring for a week long trek. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a teen. I can’t wait. I get so excited just thinking about it. There are, however, many things to consider.
First, is the location. Wow, there are sooooo many. This alone is enough to make your head spin. the more you look the more you find, and the harder it becomes to pick one. Colorado is beautiful. I want to see it all, but there is only one week to make it happen. Choice is key.
I’m not used to the climate there either, and the altitudes are really messing with my planning. In the Spring, around April, many areas are still fairly cold and covered with snow, especially at higher elevations. Often, the trails aren’t easily hiked, or even not passable without the proper snow gear, which I don’t have. Neither do those who will be traveling with me. We live in Tennessee you know. There isn’t a lot of snow here. My city practically shuts down with 4 inches of snow. So that’s an issue.
Also, planning involves finding good trails, water sources, supply points, calculating mileage, time spent on the trail, travel time, and backup plans in-case something goes wrong. On top of this, there is the car rental, travel plans, dates, coordination, etc. Wow. It’s overwhelming. And there are still those pesky finals, which don’t wait around.
Hopefully, in the end it will be worth the effort. So far my planning skills haven’t let me down. Knowing that others rely on these skills adds a certain level of tension. Probably, these tensions are overexagerated by my own need to perform per say, but that’s just how I operate.
My planning hasn’t let me down yet. Let’s hope it never does.