3 Peak Challenge

Sarah Campbell
July 29, 2019

Do you ever have the urge to suddenly hike Cape Town's biggest mountains all in one day? No? Well for some reason the Three Peak challenge called our names, and we were determined to crush it. Nothing like an asthmatic and two amateur hikers taking on what native South Africans don't even like to do for fun. I don't think anyone considered this to be a "fun" experience. It was more of a cross it off the bucket list, prove to everyone that you did it, do it for the title kind of experience. No one enjoys to start their day at 4:45 am but to finish with plenty of time we had to get up before the sun rose. We headed to Devil's Peak in the dark and the rain and discovered that we were 1 km short of where we needed to start. Luckily other hikers guided us to another path that would still get us to the top of Devil's Peak. I wish I could tell you more about the hike but to be honest, it was very dark and I think I blacked out a little. All I know is that we made it to the top and made it back down in time to start Table Mountain way ahead of schedule. Table Mountain had to be the hardest mountain because it was all stone stairs straight up the side of the mountain. After we made it up, we all knew that Lion's Head would be the hardest to finish because our legs were like jelly and our brains were mush. However, we were way ahead of schedule and ended up finishing before we thought we would.

Doing the Three Peak challenge made me realize that I can accomplish any tough physical task that I put my mind to. There was never a time where I doubted that I would not be able to finish the challenge. I felt as if I had already finished before we even started. Climbing all three mountains had to be one of the most rewarding things I've done while in Cape Town and, even though I still can't walk (a week later), I wouldn't have it any other way. 

Sarah Campbell

<p>My favorite things to do are make videos with my friends, listen to music, watch movies and hang out with my siblings. I love to make people laugh and to tell stories about anything and everything. I play tennis but I would love to learn how to play lacrosse or any kind of new sport!</p>

Term:
2019 Summer 1, 2019 Summer 2
Home university:
Catholic University of America
Hometown:
East Lansing, MI
Major:
Media/Media Studies
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