Hiking and the Emotional Pull of Family

In the last post I wrote about how I turned back at the trail head on an overnight hike I was really looking forward to.

Fast forward a few days and I’ve just finished reading two posts by Paul Graham on time and having kids. That’s when the pieces fell into place and I realised it was time to be honest with myself. Yes, I was concerned about being alone on the mountain without potential help in an emergency and that was partly why I decided to turn around, but the real reason was because of our daughter. I’d rather have woken up near her than alone on a mountain. I contemplated sleeping at the trail head for the night just to spend a long overdue night outdoors but found the emotional pull of her too strong. In no time at all my idea of happiness has gone through a seismic shift from wanting to be alone on the trail or road to wanting to spend as much time as possible with her. 

Nothing new here but… Graham admits he was a little scared to have kids and so was I. But now that it has happened I can’t think of anything better. A change in lifestyle was what I was always afraid of and as with everything when you’re afraid it’s usually a good sign that you’re on the right track.

Besides, I’ve just bought one of those fancy kid-carrying backpacks so now we can hike together.

2 responses to “Hiking and the Emotional Pull of Family”

  1. […] spectacular that I spent 2020 hoping to go again. I nearly did but the pressure of the Covid restrictions and the needs of our daughter put a stop to that. But last weekend was perfect – the weather looked good and I had some […]


  2. […] The weather this August—torrential rain day after day for almost two weeks. One of my goals this month was to do plenty of hiking, with Mt. Shiomi (塩見岳) in the Minami Alps being the main objective. It’s a mountain I’ve wanted to climb for some time now but never quite managed it due to various reasons. […]


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