During the expedition we went on a three day hike, where we spent six hours each day with a group of 16 people, walking on routes in the mountains. Over the course of these three days I have gained a few things. The main thing I got out of this trip was, strengthened bonds between people. Because we spent three days hiking, there were many moments where people needed help to do something, or just general conversations to keep company. For example, every time we slipped or fell, there was always someone to support you, and even if no one fell, we would look out for each other on areas that seemed dangerous or hard to traverse. This changed me as I think of myself as an awkward person, someone hard to talk to. But it didn’t feel that way on the hike. In terms of nature, there wasn’t really anything new I learned, as bear bells urushi (Japanese poison ivy), and giant hornets were all things I have seen in the mountains before.
There were a few challenging parts in the hike, with muddy slippery terrain, and continuous ups and downs, and it did get very tiring towards the end of each day. I don’t think I challenged myself too much, and I found it hard to find challenges I could put myself up to, as I go hiking every year and spend a month in the mountains.
My role in the community was to be a positive spirit and be the reinforcer of the group. I have no idea wether I was actually doing my role correctly, but I feel like I did. Just having a positive fun attitude about everything, having some interesting conversations here and there, also encouraging people, and helping them go down challenging parts of the route. I hope I did achieve these roles, who knows.