I turned 37 last Wednesday and to celebrate I decided to climb the highest mountain in Ireland: Carrauntoohil.
Located in Kerry Co., the mountain is 1039 meters high and has several routes that lead you to the top. I've ascended by The Devil's Ladder and, as the name says, it looks like a super steep ladder, this being the straightest way to the summit.
The adventure was wonderful (thanks a million Kerry Climbing 💜) and I highly recommend it if you've never climbed before but want to do something different.
And while I've been in the "discomfort" zone, I've been taking note of some stuff:
1. be present: one thing I've noticed while walking was that I needed to be very focused on the path so I wouldn't step on some loose rock and hurt myself.
2. one step at a time: it's no use trying to get to the top fast, the path is extremely difficult and running will only make you meet the devil sooner, so be patient and enjoy the process.
3. follow instructions: it's always nice to have someone more experienced at the front, so if the guide tells you to wear a waterproof jacket, wear the damn jacket (thanks, Piaras!).
4. breathe: I think this tip needs no explanation.
5. enjoy the view: well, I know, it's Ireland, so it's going to be a little difficult due to the weather (as you can see from the pic above), even so, don't forget to smile and thank the Universe when reaching out the top (the group sang "happy birthday" to me and that's something I'll never forget).
We are capable of much more than we think we are. This was my first mountain and many more will surely come. The world is beautiful and it's always standing around waiting to be admired by us.
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