Are you risking it all? Your dream, your goal, that shiny spot that you are aiming for. What are you willing to give to reach it? What are you risking? If you are not risking it all, you are in danger of never reaching it.
Risking It All.
We had climbed for hours. My legs were weak with fatigue and I already understood that we would not be able to descend the same way we came up the mountain. The sun was already inching its way back, behind the ridge line.
Adjusting my sunglasses, slipping off my face, sliding in the sweat, I looked ahead and just stared. So close to the summit, with no place to retreat, to approach again. A crevice, all the way to the bottom of the mountain we had just climbed, by the looks of it. Hundreds of feet of sheer rock, straight down. The choice? There was no choice. We had to jump.
Looking at my partner, and fellow guide, I shrugged at his raised eyebrows and turned to our clients, still bent over with hands on knees focusing on their own next breath.
“Break.” I whispered back at them. At their nods, I knew they had heard me and backpacks were shed and opened. “Take a break, get something to eat and drink, and we’ll go to the ridge. The rams will be getting up, moving around for their evening feeding. We should be able to get a good look at them.” Whispering, since we were so close, I continued after a deep breath. “We are going to jump the crack ahead. We have to find another way back down tonight, we can’t go back down the stovepipe shoot we came up, especially in the dark.”
“Jump?” “What crack?” They whispered back at me, no longer chewing. I moved to the side, Brian doing the same, in the other direction so that our clients could see what lay just past where we were sitting.
Now, at five feet and almost four inches tall, I was by far the one at the biggest disadvantage. It wasn’t that the crevice was that wide, only about five feet, give or take a little. It was the fact that it was visibly, all the way to the bottom, as if a giant had tried to crack the mountain in two.
Brian, first. Then the clients, trusting Brian’s ease and hand ready to grab hold of, reaching back. Then, it was only me left on the side we had emerged from. Looking to Brian I took a deep breath, the three steps I had room for, momentum and I was in the air. A hand smacked my wrist and clamped on. I realized that I had closed my eyes, only when I opened them to see Brian’s face grinning back at me.
Risking It All.
As a Professional Guide living in the remote mountains of Alaska, as a single Mother raising two children in the bush, as the Lead Trainer for the Survival & Guide Training program and as a Blogger, here on Alaska Chick’s Blog; I am risking it all. My life is all about risk.
Risk, the dictionary tells us, is a situation involving danger. Exposing someone or something valued to danger, harm or loss. Danger, chance, adventure.
Are you risking it all?
Risk is a part of our lives as Big Game Hunters, pursuing Grizzly Bears, enormous Alaska-Yukon Moose, climbing mountains and sheer rock walls after Dall Sheep. As a Professional Guide, leading the way into the inaccessible wilderness, fording icy rivers, scaling glaciers navigating quicksands and enormous bottomless bogs, risk is the name of the game.
Raising my children, away from the day-to-day of society, homeschooling, questioning my own choices and decisions and trusting in God and His hands to guide me to prepare them for whatever and wherever their own paths may someday lead.
The Alaska Guide Trainees that come to us, one of only two Alaska Guide Training programs, accepted and approved by the state of Alaska, are YOUR future guides. To lead you in the wild places that you shouldn’t, and in many places cannot, go without. These young men and women that I help prepare and train to keep you safe, teach to become knowledgeable of the surroundings you dream of. Keeping them safe as they experience the almighty wilderness that Mother Nature created.
As Alaska Chick, baring my own soul to connect with unnamed, unseen people, from all walks of life, from every corner of the world. Leaving us, as I am dragging Pioneer Outfitters and it’s entire team into the light for your close inspection, wide open.
I am risking it all. For you. For us. For them. For me.
Without that, the acknowledgment and willingness, the effort and release of risking it all, risking everything, how can that dream be reached? It cannot.
“Between the great things we cannot do and the small things we will not do, the danger is that we shall do nothing.” ~Adolphe Monod
You have to let go, risk everything, take the leap, let go of the edge and just do it.
Risking It All.
One last thing, today. Remember you are not alone. There are people just waiting to be asked for help. Waiting and ready to grab your wrist. To just be there.
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