I was terrified of this hike based on reviews I had read and videos I had watched. While nothing I saw was inaccurate, they can add up to psych a person out of experiencing this amazing journey. I only went because my love for my son was bigger than the fear and the tears I had in not wanting to do it, and this was a bucket list item for him. It is a hard, long hike, but everything along the way forces you to focus so the "scariness" isn't constantly on the mind. Number one advice - GO EARLY. The scariest part of the trek is going back down and navigating through all the people. Number two advice - bring plenty of water and a snack but not your walking sticks. It is hot and pretty physical. We brought hiking sticks for me but they were completely in the way during the last ascent and chain climbing. Number three - take breaks. It was definitely doable for this moderately in shape and slightly overweight person since I stopped when I needed a breather. I'm not afraid of heights but I am afraid of falling, so I was terrified at the start and on some of the sketchy parts of the descent. Again, staying focused can diminish the fear and make the goal a reality. Nothing felt better than finishing the last Wiggle and realizing why so many people are able to make the trek every day. It is safe enough for thousands to complete, it's safe enough for you.
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