Monday, April 6, 2015

Gatineau Park Trip PAD20 Reflection

Emmy Bach

                This year’s ski trip to Gatineau Park was not my first ski there or my last, but it was a very enjoyable experience and I certainly intend to do it again!

                Firstly, I should mention is that instead of bringing my classic skis, I wore my skate skis, which gave me a bit of an advantage speed-wise in the group. Being one of the people in the group to consistently arrive at the front of the pack was new for me, as whenever I had previously gone skate skiing (with the ski team), I was often struggling to keep up. I think this was what gave me the idea to double back at some points to accompany my friends and classmates, because I knew how discouraging it could be when you are at the back of the group. In this, I learned that you don’t always have to give up a challenge for yourself to help others who may not be skilled in a particular area. Part of the challenge for me was to start being aware that there were others who did not enjoy our activity as much as I did, and being supportive of them while keeping a positive attitude and helping them along.

                Secondly, I very much enjoyed myself – partly because I had the right equipment and I was prepared! I knew that for the first part of the day, it might be a little chilly, but I wore layers and I was fine once I started working. I brought two water bottles for the day, which lasted perfectly, as well as some protein and fruits in my food for lunch (including chocolate fondue as a treat). The day ended up being somewhat hot and very sunny. I noticed, however, that many of my classmates did not have all the proper equipment, and it made me appreciate my own experience even more. In hindsight, it would have been kind of me to take some equipment of the others who were experiencing issues with heat and heavy bags (again, I could have been looking out for my classmates more actively).

                The ski trip gave us an opportunity to bond as a class, which I think will give us an advantage in future activities. I am glad that we were able to go on a one-day trip before our three-day hiking trip in April so that it gives us all a chance to think about what we can do better for the group.  I was proud of my skiing skills (which have improved significantly since last year), but not so proud of the fact that I was often at the front of the group skiing by myself when I could have been helping out elsewhere. I hope that this class will help me to develop some leadership skills and awareness for others and not just myself. I enjoyed being able to spend time with others, and to share the fun of the good weather and a great sport with my classmates. I certainly look forward to future trips with our class!