Trail Descriptive Writing
through a seemingly inexorable problem.
Whenever I begin a portage, I am filled with absolute terror at the prospect of the portage ahead. Believe me, I love a challenge, but oftentimes it feels like portaging is my limit.
Whenever I feel apprehensive or put down by the upcoming ordeal, I will myself to imagine myself at the ‘finish line’. ‘I will complete this,’ I say to myself, ‘I know I’ll make it there, so just imagine yourself there and soon enough, you’ll arrive.’
It seems like a cheap tactic, like it’s easier said than done, but it has truly helped me in my life even outside of portages.
And I mean,
We’ve all been there, we’ve all had something that we have to do that we dread. Whether you have a test, or a game, or a long and grueling practice, try to imagine yourself afterwards: discussing answers, celebrating a job well done, or re-hydrating after sprints.
Imagine yourself in where you can be, and where you inevitably will be, and you can get through this.
This is a synthesized hope, a way to reinvigorate yourself and push forward. I call this the “Be there, get there” technique.
Lets apply this to my last trip’s biggest hurdle, the 5.4 kilometer portage.
The day started with an hour paddle, a 90m carry, and then another hour paddle.
When we got to the portage, we pulled our boats up on shore and began preparing. This is it: the 5.4k portage. I remember thinking right before that portage “Hey it's fine. Deep breaths. Just imagine, in three hours…