At Sefiani, we meticulously plan every detail of our campaigns to ensure we’re always on the right track to achieving top-notch results. One important motto to keep in mind is that ‘failure to plan is planning to fail’, which I’ve learnt can also be well applied to personal endeavours.
Usually I pride myself on being pretty nifty with directions. Given a map, I’ll take one look and be on my way with no hesitation. However, on a recent visit to Hawaii and the ambition of climbing Monoa Valley Mountain, I discovered even the best of us can take a wrong turn…
My friend and I knew it would be a challenge to climb to the mountain peak on the Aihualama Trail but with our US$15 Wal-Mart back-pack filled with Gatorade and a bag of Cheetos for sustenance (I was in the US after all!) we embarked on the hike to reach the mountain summit.
The first section of the trail was fairly easy yet busy with tourists making their way to a picturesque waterfall, few of whom venture beyond this point to take on the two hour hike to the summit. However, full of excitement, we jumped on the trail to reach the top.
Within half an hour, we noticed the trail became quite challenging. There were fallen trees, big boulders to climb and lots of plants to wade through that made me quite itchy.
Before long, we were climbing and swinging on dangling tree roots – like Tarzan – to scale the mountain. At this point, we did pause and question if we were going in the right direction, but with no other way to go we were sure we were on the right path. Perhaps we were just unseasoned walkers? Maybe a seniors walking group would stroll past us at any moment? We had to keep going!
Soon after, as we were naively climbing a 20ft waterfall, beginning to lose grip on the slippery surface, we realised it was time to surrender. With a shaky-leg descent off the waterfall and a short break for sustenance, we re-traced our steps down the mountain.
Now, I’m never one to lay blame and it especially applies in this case as it became apparent that I may have been the one to lead us off the trail in the early stages of the hike. Turns out we were hiking the Monoa Valley Stream (not a trail).
Had I taken the time to adequately plan the hike and carefully read the map, the situation would have likely been avoided. It made me realise that proper planning can ensure you don’t veer off the track and reach your goals quicker – whether in PR or hiking!
On the right trail (and a much easier one), we did eventually make it to the summit and the view and sense of accomplishment were well worth it. I quite enjoyed the Cheetos too!