How do you overcome your fears to do something you want to do? Ambassador Lori is on the blog today talking about just that. She talks to us about a time when she relyed on her friends and her love of nature to conquor something that scares her.

Overcoming Vedauwoo

Vedauwoo is a hike found in just outside Laramie, Wyoming, U.S.A. It’s here where my story begins and never really ends.

Each year Hike Like A Woman chooses ambassadors to represent them & be part of their community for one year. Once the year is up Rebecca, the founder of HLAW, hosts a reunion of planned fun activities for a couple of days to celebrate the past year(s) ambassadors and their new roles as alumni ambassadors.

Day one was a planned hike to Vedauwoo; pronounced, Ve Duh Voo. This means “Land of the Earthborn Spirits” and to the Native Americans, they believed this land was a sacred place. These Sherman Granite rocks are 1.4 million years old and at an altitude of 8200 feet, the views from the top are stunning.

We scampered up the rock formations, not on a traditional trail.

I hesitated. Many times, I was unsure of continuing.

For you to understand this, you must first get to know me. I have an intense fear of heights, not much balance and are not confident in my footing. So why was I up there in the beginning, you might be thinking? Well…I am in love with nature. I can’t get enough of the glorious mountains, glacier-fed lakes, old growth tall timber, mossy green forests, alpine meadows covered in dancing flowers and glorious views.

These likeminded ladies convinced me I could do it, so I carried on. Once at the top all the ladies popped down on this big outcrop with glorious views and huge drop-offs. I’d surely fall off if I got to close to the edge, so I stayed far back and ate lunch…I watched with horror as some climbed up and around these rocks. I was sure they’d fall to their deaths, thankfully they did not. Nor did I.

However, the climb down was tricky and usually the worse part of any hike for me. Who likes slippery rocks; they weren’t slippery but each step I was sure they would suddenly become slippery. Who likes going down steep sections? It’s one of my areas where I continue to grow and in the same sentence, struggle.  I needed to put on a brave face. I didn’t want them to think Canadians were like this. In the end, it really didn’t matter because they were there to support me and that they did. So, I made my way down carefully and soon a trail appeared under my hikers and my mind settled. I had this. I. Made. It. I conquered Vedauwoo, but did I? So, I’ll leave you and me with this quote…

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” Edmund Hillary

One comment on “Overcoming Vedauwoo

  1. I love that you did it! I have a fear of heights too! Is there anything you did in particular that made you feel more comfortable? I teach others to get out of their comfort zones and be amateur adventurers, but I still struggle with the area of fear of heights! I’d love to know if you did anything specific besides having amazing encouragement! 🙂 thanks for sharing your story!

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