Friday, January 28, 2011

Up Up and Away

Time flies.  This summer is going to be our 18th year of going heli-hiking in Canada. When I first found out about this unique adventure it was through the now defunct Walking Magazine.  I thought it sounded so cool to have a helicopter take you into the mountains, drop you off (but not literally) so you could hike, walk, climb, meander through pristine terrain with a knowledgeable guide leading the way all at your own pace. Well it is even better than WAY cool!
I can still remember my first exciting it was to be  whisked away, adrenaline pumping, rhythmic thumping, wind swirling, we're huddling as the helicopter leaves us.  Then...silence.   You slowly stand up and again your breath is taken away.  This time by the views, 360 degrees of views!  Layers of mountain peaks reaching into forever.  I felt so small in the grandeur of nature.  A sense of peace sets in.  What was all that stress about at the office?  I forgot, it"s meaningless here.

For those of you that are thinking, "Sounds nice, but I couldn't do that."  I've heard it before yet I have taken hundreds of people to this special place from ages 12 - 86.  From the very fit to the never have hiked before in their life.  From the triathlete to just wanna get out of their seat.  If you love the beauty of nature, you will love heli-hiking.  Have confidence, I will be with you to make sure of it!