Sitting in my armchair, enjoying the afternoon sun, reflecting on a busy weekend of splitboarding at Temple Basin…and I realise that it’s all worthwhile.

The early mornings, cold fingers & toes, car camping, the scream of my poor lungs when I’m slogging it out uphill, the sore muscles, the bruises, the teeny weeny bank balance….yep it’s ALL worth it!

After having spent a chilly night car-camping, waking to fresh snow on the mountains, a blue sky and a cheeky Kea, I was feeling ready to take on the world….until I saw the gnar that is Temple Basin ski area. There was NO WAY I would be able to ride those steep, cliff scarred faces or teeny tiny couloirs! I had put in the hard yards and coaxed my cold body uphill for a small eternity, and then all I wanted to do was sit inside with a hot chocolate. Then my stubborness shone through – there was no way that mountain was getting the better of me, I’d worked hard to earn some time off and spent my hard earned pennies just getting there…so I was damn well going to get out there and enjoy it, gnarly cliffs of death or not!

Enter Jacqui West…aka my buddy. Even though we had only met first thing Friday morning, Jacqui and I spent the weekend getting to know eachother, our splitboards and the mountain. I was beyond stoked to be able to get up on the hill with another FEMALE splitboarder, and someone at a similar level to me. Even though we didn’t tackle any of the crazy chutes or steep faces we still got some great turns in, as well as a few laughs and our fair share of bumps and bruises.

This weekend I was challenged on a physical and mental level, and the power of positive thinking got me through…namely two gems of wisdom from a very insightful man :

If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

Nothing that is worth doing is easy.

Fortunately these words of wisdom & the encouragement of the people around me keep me moving forward in my backcountry pursuits on a daily basis. I love that I am continually learning and pushing myself to achieve more, and am so grateful that I can do that with some absolutely incredible friends that I’m making along the way.

A big shout out and thanks to Adam, Kyle ¬†and Adam & Jacqui West for an amazing weekend! Can’t wait for the next one!!

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