Facing my biggest fear
As we went further up that hardly visible trail, it was becoming dangerously slippery and I was becoming more and more anxious on where we were heading. Finally, that anxiousness turned into a full-blown nightmare as we ended up encountering a sheer drop of about 100-150 metres beside our trail. The space was so thin there that it only had space for one foot at a time if we would go ahead and cross that sheer drop and we would have to do it side by sidestepping on that space.
The first thing which came to my mind was to go back all the way through that already slippy path. However, Prashant insisted that going back will be much riskier as the trail was completely muddy and slippery and we were bound to slip at some point or another. Even though I agreed with his point, my heart still ached for the latter option.
Anyways Prashant went ahead with his backpack (which was hardly 20 L while I had an 80 L one) and crossed that space with sheer drop by treading carefully. As soon as my chance came, I had become a total nervous wreck. I slowly started to cross that space with all my attention to every step I was putting down. As I was taking those steps, I was also imagining myself as Silvester Stallone from the Cliffhanger.
It was only after I finally reached the other side of the sheer drop I felt a sigh of relief not knowing that my adventure was not over yet and a bigger one was awaiting me. As we walked further, believing that the danger had passed, it did not take us long to encounter another sheer drop with a trail as narrow as before.
This time we didn’t even have the option of turning back as we had last time. With the same nervousness as before we again trod carefully in that narrow trail. Just like the previous one, here also Prashant went first and I followed him after that. As soon as we passed that, I decided that playing with danger was enough for the day and took the lead to take the trail going down hoping it would lead up to somewhere safe and nearer to any inhabited place so that we can then ask for further directions.
To read what happened next, please click on this link to read the 2nd part of the blog.
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