Narrative Essay On A Hiking Trip

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On Saturday, September 9th 2017, my hiking class met up at Mount Royal for the first hike of the semester. A description of my experience follows. To begin with, I came physically and mentally well prepared to the course. Hiking is familiar to me, as I frequently hike mountains with family and friends, so I know how to prepared myself in order to spend some quality time in nature. My house is located at the bottom of Mount St-Bruno and I sometimes run up and down the mountain. The day before the class, I had my sportive bag packed with useful items, based on the list given by the teacher, the announced weather, as well as my own knowledge about hiking equipment. Thus, I went to bed early, so as to have at least eight hours of sleep, and I …show more content…
In the morning, the temperature was cool and it got warmer around noon. The sun made me smile all day and warmed ourselves up! I was really comfortable and my equipment was appropriate. Also, the trail was in good condition and no negative environmental factors troubled the journey. Regarding the group morale, I thought that my fellow students were sympathic, enthusiatic and motivated. We stayed concentrated on our task of answering questions and looked for consensus prior to making decisions. For example, we sked ourselves where we were at on the map few times. To find our position, we stopped and discussed all together about where we shoud go next. However, I thought that the pace of the group was slower than mine. I expected to walk faster and stop only sometimes to fill out the team answer sheet and take a sip of water meanwhile. For instance, when we climbed up the stairs from Peel to the Main Chalet, we waited about five minutes for all the team to be on top. I would have prefer to join at team which pace was similar to mine, so as to choose the intensity of the hike, even though I really liked hiking with Team #1! I met some new people and we shared a good time all together. It was pleasant to have such a good …show more content…
I learned much in both the geographical and historical domains. First, the objective of the day was to follow a given path on a map of the mountain and its surroundings. Thus, we developed our sense of direction. I know that I have difficulties to locate myself in a given place and I have always wanted to improve myself in that particular ability. Hence, Mount Royal hike provided me a great opportunity to practice my orientation skills. As a group, it was interesting to exchange and debate in order to find our way. For instance, we had some trouble finding the CBC tour and the small lookout. We argued and looked at the map many times, as some thought we had skipped it and others were still looking for it… We tried to determine geographical landmarks in order to match the map with where we were at that moment in time. Besides, this first hike has been very useful for me, since I will certainly return to Mount Royal with friends and I will then feel now more familiar to the geography of the mountain and its surroundings. Second, Mount Royal is a historical site and by looking for answers to our questions, we read plenty of new informations related to historical figures and locations associated to the mountain. I have always felt like I could know more about Montreal and the important people that contributed to its development. I particularly enjoyed learning about my city in an active

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