Heather's Comments on The Grid
When I think about the journey I have been on called the Grid, I am flooded with memories. Tough hikes, friends, weather...my mind sees imagery of mountain vistas, muddy shoes, and frozen landscapes but mostly smiling faces. The people that I have met along the countless miles have made the journey worth it. We all encourage each other and respect each others' differences. I have been blessed to share my trails with Kali, Jeff & Karine, Chris, Dan, Cynthia W and many other wonderful people. And I thank you all, tremendously. I thank you for listening, encouraging and mostly, for letting me be me.
This quest seemed like the one for me to attempt when I finished my first round of the 48 because I wanted to savour it. I wanted something that would keep me out there. The grid has brought me to every 4000 footer in every month and I have learned so much about landscape, weather and myself. On the trail I found myself. I have carved out who I am with every foot step along the way, the good and the bad. I have learned so much, I could go on forever. Most of all, I have learned what I am capable of and to trust in myself. Only I know my limits.
When I started hiking in 2008, something was missing. I had many starts without summits and fought a battle with myself physically and emotionally. I have recently been told by a fellow hiker that if Ed Hawkins were to give out superlatives for grid finishers, I would receive “most improved”. I take that as the biggest compliment of a lifetime.
On the first day of winter 2007, I brought home my best friend, Kali. Little did either of us know the journey we were about to start on together. It took us a while to get on the right path but once we were, it was full steam ahead. I am most thankful for that little dog that goes with me everywhere.
A close friend told me a while ago to be ready to answer, what's next? Here goes, I will finish my grid with Kali and do all the other lists. This long hard journey has not dampened my love for the mountains, it has made it grow, in the sun, rain, wind and snow!