Conquer your fears

I said yesterday that I wasn’t even feeling thirsty during my trip, but it was apparently just wishful thinking. I got a headache in the evening which only got worse during the night, and it’s the kind of a headache that comes from dehydration and that painkillers don’t cure. So I had a restless night, but then when I got up and started moving around, it started to feel better. So I took off on my trip as planned and this was an exciting one.

Flat pine with a ladder
Flat pine with a ladder

The excitement was provided by the lake. I wanted to ski up to my favourite place Kappruskaftet, which meant that I had to get across the Messlingen lake. I did some scouting yesterday and found out that there were snowmobiles and ice fishers all over the place, there was no snow or water on the ice and when I spoke with one of the fishermen, they told me that the ice was over half a meter thick. It was like a triple assurance and my mind was so much at ease that I wasn’t even nervous when I started my trek over the lake! Ironically, the nervousness set it only after I had reached the other side and started to make my up to Kappruskaftet. Since I had never taken the winter trail, I didn’t know exactly where it was. There are trail markings on the ice but I could see the markings disappear far in the distance and that didn’t make sense to me, so I thought that the marked trail goes towards the Kappruet ski lift and the trail up to Kappruskaftet is rarely used. So I took the first best snowmobile tracks up and realised pretty soon that this was just not right. I checked the satellite image on my phone and saw that I had taken off too soon, I should’ve just continued on the ice. But no matter, the snow in the forest was holding well so all I had to do was to go up diagonally which would then take me up to Kappruskaftet approximately in the same place where the trail comes up.

109/365
109/365

It turned out that my mistake was a blessing. With this diagonal route I took, it was the easiest ascent up to Kappruskaftet I had ever done. So much better than going straight up that even after I reached the trail, I decided that the next time I want to ski up, I will do the diagonal deliberately!

Mountain birch and clouds
Mountain birch and clouds

As I was skiing around, I felt that the bad night was weighing me down so I sat down to have my lunch. The coffee and energy refill fixed it though so I skied around a bit more and said hello to my favourite mountain birch (today’s 365). The weather was extremely dull though and photo opportunities were too hard to find so I took myself down to the lake again, this time following the trail. When I got back to Messlingen, there was a big crowd on the ice – the traditional fishing competition. That’s how good the ice was.

I’m not saying that I got rid of my fear of ice, but I think it was a big leap forward. I’m a little bit proud of myself now!

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Out of the vertical and landscape versions of the same picture, which is better? I think I prefer the landscape version but I can’t decide.

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