Night hiking – Nature, Spontaneity, Willingness
In case you read our first Dare of the day you already know that it’s winter time in our country and all the dare’s we‘re doing right now are somehow “adjusted” to the season.
We love winter and we usually do a lot of outside activities such as skiing, but never in the night time. Although we’ve done night skiing before, this is not what we are talking about when we say “Night hiking”. Usually we are too tired after a whole day of working, thinking, so an excuse to not do something like this comes up very easily, but not this time, oh no 😉
We have actually never ever done night hiking before… especially in winter … because it is supposed to be cold and windy… and dark… and nobody around… except trees and snow. We decided to do the hike after 10pm, after the ski slopes are closed and everything shuts down, so that we would experience the stillness and peace of the night.
Because we live very close to a mountain and ski slopes, yesterday we decided that the daily dare will be a bit more adventurous. Around 9.30pm we took the last cable car to the mountain’s summit which is 1.100m high and all we took with us (except warm winter clothing) were 2 headlights and 2 garbage bags. You ask why garbage bags? He he, let us explain: you take a 45 or 60L garbage bag, fold it in the middle so you get 4 layers, thus making it more durable, sit on it and use as a sleigh! We always wanted to try that! When we arrived to the top it was -10°C (14°F) and the first thing we could notice was that everything around us was quiet, peaceful and the sky was full of stars with the atmosphere slightly radiating the snow light.
All we could hear was a gentle breeze coming from the pines and the foot steps in the snow. Being in the mountains at night really ignites your inner spark, your senses – sight, smell and hearing expand and you become one with surroundings. While descending the mountain we felt an intense connection to the nature around us, a vast and deep excitement, we were really happy to have made this decision.
The best part of course was the sledding on the garbage bags which as you might imagine is a LOT of fun – especially in the night with one small head-spotlight. And everybody can do it because it’s extremely easy – you lean back and steer with your feet.
We’ve done hiking many times before, so we are used to the sounds of nature, but for some people it could be even more beneficial and challenging as you could easily overcome the fear of the dark for example. It is the feelings that play a very important role in our Game of Life, as well as in our and your quest called life and this adventure really stirred the emotions in us.
The message we want to send out to you all is that if you do something outside your comfort zone every day, you will begin to change internally because you will not follow the same patterns. Day by day you can fuel yourself with fresh energy in the form of new and exciting activities or changes and we are not talking about changes occurring within your jobs or already established patterns. What we mean by stepping outside your comfort zone is that you have to push yourself over the zone where you feel comfortable. Only than you tap into the unknown and start growing.
If you’ve done any Dares yourself which gave you new motivation and energy, please be so kind and share them below so that other readers will have more ideas.
With light & joy,