A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege to ride with two couples who were new to riding in the mountains. “R” and “S” had ridden their sleds around Saskatchewan but mountains were a new experience. Our first day had them riding thru a variety of terrain consisting of trails to epic powder bowls. It was amazing to watch them learn and laugh at their mistakes.
Our second day put some new challenges in front of them such as crossing open creeks. Like Trish’s post about self-esteem and confidence, it varies from day to day and even from minute to minute depending on what you are faced with. “R” managed to cross many of the open creeks with great confidence but when faced with the last one which was the largest one that also had her climbing the creek bank after, her confidence came to an end. My wonderful husband was right beside her trying to encourage her and her abilities but realized that she was NOT having fun.
Remembering that we all go out sledding to have fun, and if we aren’t enjoying it, we need to make a change. We didn’t force “R” to jump the creek but went and found another route that she was more comfortable. I am proud to say both “R” and “S” are now hooked on mountain riding and are looking forward to heading west again in March to tear up the Crowsnest Pass powder.
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