I brought my Mt. Fuji hiking stick to show my cousin (who’s in town(ish) briefly) and aunt and uncle, because I knew they could and would appreciate not only the accomplishment it represents, but also just how cool the stick itself is.
In showing my cousin the stick tonight, we got into questions about hiking mountains and the experiences tied to them. The absolutely silly part of that particular mountain experience was the fact that, while at the top of the mountain, finally resting, we were told that we needed to rush off the mountain, because a typhoon (hurricane) was coming. Cool. So, that made for a hurried departure from the top, and inadequate preparations for the painful and long, bathroom-less and water-less descent.
On a similar note, my cousin had a time on a sacred mountain in India (that part is important), where he had his own troubles with water. Because the mountain is sacred, you see, it is said that no shoes may go on the mountain – it must be hiked barefoot. My cousin respected this declaration, though his companions did not. He also discovered afterward that it apparently is rather common even for native Indians to wear shoes for the trek. Oh, well… Anyway, so this mountain is rocky, and there isn’t exactly a clear and clean path to follow. By the time they reached the summit, his feet were scorched, and needed a rest. He had brought plenty of water (carrying at least two two-liter bottles in his pack, plus his regular water bottle, I believe.), so they were in no specific hurry to get back down the mountain. So, he and his companions set down their gear to give their backs a rest, and walked around the summit a little bit. When they returned to their bags, what did they find? Well, they found monkeys… stealing, you guessed it, the waters. Did the monkeys take other things, like food or small things? No. They took the water. Kind of makes you want to laugh hysterically and punch a monkey at the same time, doesn’t it? 😛
Just know: I really do love monkeys. I just would want to punch almost anybody who stole all of my water in a situation like that, be it person, monkey, or zebra. Fight or flight leans to fight in that circumstance for me, it seems. 😛
Anyway, fun mountain stories, huh?