“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” – John Muir
My first hike in Abuja, Nigeria was definitely a worthwhile experience.
I do not know the name of the rock but, it is located in Kubwa, Abuja. The entrance of the trail is right next to a car wash which is opposite Fashe Plaza on Arab Road (Liberty Road).
I went on this adventure with some new and old friends which turned out to be the perfect mix. Femi led us on the trail and he did an excellent job navigating through the steep trail.
Angel, Dozie, Tochukwu and myself took on the 2 hour, 3 minute feat right behind Femi.
“There are no short cuts to any place worth going” – Beverly Sills
This particular hike was very challenging and I learned so much on this journey. The beginning was promising and I was hopeful to get to the top. As we navigated the path, we ran into some challenges such as:
- the steepness of the rock;
- the forest like path we had to pass through;
- slippery path due to running water;
- Fatigue from the climb;
- Heat from the sun and much more.
I would definitely recommend wearing great hiking boots or a solid trainer. You need all the grip you can get.
Dozie took on the role of the DJ and played the best Afro beats which made the trip more lit. We took dance breaks while hiking and it was divine.
There were times when Angel and I got tired, but the guys made an effort to encourage us along the way. In particular, Tochukwu was very determined to make it to the top and he motivated us to keep going when we felt like we had nothing left to give.
One of my favorite things about exploring is the mental challenge in navigating tough paths. We had to pay attention to our surroundings to make sure we were safe. Each one of us also took responsibility of ensuring we were safe along the route. I loved the feeling of community and support because it kept me motivated.
As we approached the top, we ran into other hiking groups and we mingled with them. They were a really cool group and we were all determined to get to the top.
Great things are done when [wo]men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the streets.” – William Blake
When we got to the top, I felt a bliss like no other. Probably a rush of endorphins from the victory of getting to the top. We took in the view and it was perfect. The pain and tiredness I felt was worth it in that moment.
Going down was the second part of the adventure and I was unable to gather footage due to the risks associated with going down a steep rock.
We had to go down walking side ways and holding our hands so we do not fall off. It was quite difficult going down especially is you’re afraid of heights. With support from our peers, we made it down safely.
Here are some lessons I learned from this hike:
- The value of community: I don’t believe I would have made it as far as I did if I took on this challenge on my own. The community of people around me kept me focused and motivated.
- Music makes everything better: I enjoyed listening to music as I hiked. Music has a way of making you calm and joyful. When you’re feeling down or hopeless, a good tune will bring you up to speed.
- You can until you decide you can’t: While hiking, there were times I felt tired and I could not take another step. However, I realized my body will always listen to my mind and when I focused on accomplishing the goal of getting to the top, my weak legs got stronger with each decision of “I can!”
- The Greatness of God: The majestic nature of the rock reminded me of how great God is. I imagined the countless rain, wind and other elements that the rock had endured. Yet, the rock remained. Ageless and divine.
I hope this blog encourages you to say yes to adventure and commune with nature. Grab a friend or two and take on the feat!
Thanks for reading beauties! Until next time, you can keep up with me on Instagram @iam_Deborah.