Hiking meditation or for what i love hiking

Recently we had with one personinteresting conversation. What does mountain hiking attract me more than just forays into the mountains by car or something else, because this is only the most comfortable and faster? Then I did not have time to explain my point of view, as I myself didn’t really think about why, and didn’t manage to formulate the idea. Now I will try to improve.

I already wrote something small tour tripbut it was most likely related to the amountimpressions When I first tried to go on a hike, the impressions were surprisingly much more than from any other trip. Given that it is almost free, as the money for the road and camp food can be even used by a pensioner. This time I wondered why I wanted to go on a campaign for several days. Bonfire? Overnight in a tent? Starry sky over your head? No, it doesn’t fit, I can get all this in the summer in the suburbs, having got out on a day off to the river, or this is not at all ...

Hike like meditation

In the campaign I have some kind of fulldisconnect from everything. Perhaps that is why I select hiking for myself, as a separate type of travel and compare them with some kind of meditation. Indeed, you walk a few days, drag a heavy backpack, physical fatigue gradually knocks all thoughts out of your head and there is some kind of ringing emptiness in it. At the same time, cellular communication and the Internet are usually not available, so you forget all your problems, unfinished business, and so on. In fact, the whole life turns into a single goal at the moment - to reach the camp, to make camp and cook yourself some buckwheat for dinner. Well, what is not a meditative technique under the motto? She can even come up with a motto: think less, walk more. Often, after a hike or during it, feelings of lightness, clarity and calmness appear. I also noticed for myself that after my return I did not immediately understand why all this fuss, noise, why the sky is so cloudy, but the air is not fresh, why do so many incomprehensible and unnecessary things to do, when to live is already good ...

On long climbs, all thoughts disappear very well.

On long climbs, all thoughts disappear very well.

Mountain view after kilometers is perceived quite differently.

Mountain view after kilometers is perceived quite differently.

A cup of cocoa after a hard day is priceless

A cup of cocoa after a hard day is priceless

Starry sky in the mountains

Starry sky in the mountains

You never value heat as much as after the tent was covered with snow

You never value heat as much as after the tent was covered with snow

Before this glacier, we walked for several days

Before this glacier, we walked for several days

Tired but satisfied

Tired but satisfied

I perfectly understand the monks who have gone somewherefar from people and secluded. There is something in it, although I myself would hardly stretch it out for so long, and I cannot be alone. But the hike with his physical difficulties and a certain monotony on the way, like a breath of fresh air and something real, brings you closer to yourself. Not always, of course, some revelations and understandings come to mind, rather not come, but this is not necessary. In principle, it is quite enough to be in the information vacuum, this is sometimes not enough.

There is also such a moment that beauty should bedeserve something No wonder that some temples were led by a high staircase, and people had to walk along it first before receiving a blessing or a candle. I remember when we were in New Athos Monastery in Abkhazia, and we were just brought by car to the top, II felt straightforwardly some kind of trick; a person does not appreciate what is achieved easily, therefore, the attitude is appropriate. And it was quite different when we climbed the sacred mountain of moses in Egypt.

Meet the sunrise on the mountain of Moses after a night climb

Meet the sunrise on the mountain of Moses after a night climb

Excursions to the mountains, as entertainment

Exactly, I perceive similar trips myselfsometimes I go to them. If I don’t have enough time, then why don’t I drive a car to the mountains for a day? This was true only once, the mountains are still very far from me. Come, look down at the bugs, delight your eyes with beauty, naturally, why not? Better than sitting at home :) However, this is still more suitable for thoseIt is very limited in time, who has only a couple of days to rest and you need to get as much as possible, where you can go to this peak 5 days on foot, when you can visit 5 peaks in one day. Fast life - the impressions compressed in an instant, otherwise you will not be in time. This can also be attributed to sitting down on adrenaline - a couple of minutes of pouring it into the blood replaces the weekly vacation.

I don’t say that it’s bad, it’s just not for meStrongly suited in the form of a constant pastime. I prefer the power and measured life, long journeys without a return ticket, hiking trips with philosophical gatherings on the top of the mountain and so on. But sometimes, I don’t mind going to the mountains for a day or jump from a 10 meter cliff into a river :)

Jump from the cliff, but not entirely successful

Jump from the cliff, but not entirely successful

P.S. I ask you not to accept my point of view as any truth, since my attitude to the campaigns is purely personal. I am sure that there are people for whom this is the most common form of recreation along with everyone else.

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