Updated: Feb 19, 2020
There is a Japanese saying "He who climbs Mt. Fuji is a wise man; he who climbs twice is a fool". I believe this applies to a few experiences and adventures.
The (previously) world's most dangerous road in La Paz, Bolivia.
The idea of descending 3,500m from La Cumbre to Coroico or 64km, on a bike, on a very narrow and unsafe road sounds like hell to me right now. But ... this was an adventure I was really looking forward to back in 2008. It didn't matter that people were dying on that road, that some 'scammy' tour operators were offering poor quality bikes with no breaks; we had to experience it.
It was really thrilling and exciting. But on the bus, during the journey back up, we got told all the grim stories and scary things that happened on that road.... never again!
Trekking high mountains over a few days is always a very consuming experience. You find yourself in a group of 10 trekkers and 30 something support team. Isolated, always hungry and tired. But with that one goal in mind. However, it's always the journey that is the most memorable, not the arrival.
The last ascent is an exhausting middle of the night ordeal. And Kili didn't prove different. The journey was fantastic, but never again, thank you!
Did I ever feel colder in my entire life? They say there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. True. It was hard, cold and really awkward when the old man woke us up in the refuge at 3h30. But eating warm noodles during sunrise at the top of Fuji will remain a fond memory and an experience I would recommend to anyone visiting Japan.
I love reading and discussing with friends about to embark on those adventures. It is always nice to reminisce and remember the special experiences. And when planned well, those are truly once in a lifetime trips.