We were walking along the lake, chatting about how life is, bulletproof coffee and fitness goals. I look up on our right and the mountains surrounding Queenstown are looking at us. “Which mountain is that?” I ask. “That could be Ben Lomond.” My friend says.
We chatted a little more about climbing and hiking but the itch of planning the empty day ahead got me. “What if I go up Ben Lomond tomorrow?” “You could definitely do that, its not that hard” “Thats why I am gonna go up for sunrise. I am leaving at 2am”
I went home, slept for a few hours, my alarm went off at 2:30am. I grabbed my bag, drove to the starting point and started walking up the trail. Pitch black. Never been up there before. Not even sure that was the right way up. I walk up the wrong path a few times. I see no one but possums and rabbits, there is a light breeze that keeps me from taking my jacket off. I wonder about so many things on the way up. I am grateful for my new life in Queenstown, I am grateful because I had never hiked alone especially not for sunrise.
I look on my left and there is Ben Lomond summit. It looked too far to be the right one so I quickly check it out on the map. Is it? It cant be.
That looks like it’s gonna take me forever.
7:10am I am on top of Ben Lomond and I witness one of the most beautiful and perfect sunrises I have ever seen in my life.
New friends is what pushed me to do it. People that do what I used to like doing. People that love life and outdoors, people that push me out of my comfort zone, always.
Special thank you to @gocontigo for the best travel mug ever made. That is how I drank hot coffee high up on a mountain for sunrise.