Originally Posted by Posaune
Being in the mountains
Challenge of varied terrain and snow
Light (It's cloudy most of the time in the costal PNW and it's dark a LOT in the winter. When you're in the snow you get more lumens and it feels great to me.)
No dust alergies, it's the only time during the year when I breathe with complete ease
Feeling linked to a long tradition
Being in a place where I'm responsible only for myself and only for now
This is the closest to how I feel about it.
It's a renewing force for me, especially in the winter, when if I didn't get out and embrace the cold and snow, I would really get down on things. The light therapy of being out there has an effect too I think.
Being in the mountains in nature is part of that spiritual renewal. It's said there are people who like enclosed spaces and those who prefer wide open areas. I love the feeling of being on top of a high place looking out over a vast area and then diving into it.
It's also about overcoming a fear of falling down a steep place or some obstacle and turning it into a freeing experience.
It's discovery of new places, lines and trails.
It's investigating and dealing with complex surfaces and layers of snow, ice and everything in between.
It's a total body exercise in balance and strength I find hard to duplicate.
Apres ski at a nice warm lodge with friends, that feeling of being tired yet happy and relaxed, with a good microbrew or hot beverage on a cold winter evening is hard to beat as well.