20160527_165236One of the key things that keep the slayers coming back is the relationship component of the hikes. The networking, the friendships formed and the support systems that are discovered herein.

When I started off hiking, I used to hike with people that I knew-my friends and family members, but as Mountain Slayers grew, it opened up to many people whom I had never met. People whom I would never have met or interacted with, the bonds that have been created are deep and transcend our monthly hikes. There are people that I meet with and talk to on a regular basis, people who know what I am up to when I am not hiking, people who care about my well-being.

Spending an extended amount of time with people, away from our usual daily life distractions is precious and nature allows us to open more than we generally would. On BIG mountain hikes this bond is formed that much quicker and deeper because we have come together in a dangerous sport, and we need each other to get to the summit.

Mountain Slayers have formed firm friendships, struck business deals and generally been supportive to each other through this journey called life.

There is something about being in the vast outdoors that allows people to connect. I am not sure if it is the fresh air, the freedom from titles and responsibilities- we are all equal when we are out there slaying and we need each other more than we realize. Humans are created to connect and this comes naturally. Walking behind or side by side to someone for more than 6 hours means that conversation will have to happen; repeat this every other month and you will be surprised by how your circle of people you consider friends will grow.

The outdoors reduces us to our most basic as human beings, unencumbered by the pressure and stress of life- we go back to what I would believe is how life was in the Garden of Eden. Free from things that weigh heavily on us (bills, deadlines, sickness, traffic- you name it- we don’t encounter it!) and just being at one with nature. I get so excited about an upcoming hike, it is more than just trekking but also about the community of slayers.

If you are thinking about getting into hiking and do not know where to start, get in touch with us and we will help you navigate.


Author: mountainslayerskenya

The world is God’s gift to us. To enjoy a gift, you need to unwrap it. Mountain Slayers seeks to unwrap this gift through exploring various destinations in Kenya, East Africa and the world at large. There is no better way to interact with the world than on foot- 'One step at a time' Our tenet as Mountain Slayers- Kenya is; ‘Treasure and nourish relationships’  Relationship with God  Relationship with Self  Relationship with others  Relationship with the environment

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