Post written for OutdoorUAE Magazine
I have always been into sports since I was a child, but surprisingly my passion and interest for the
outdoors only started about 3 years ago, I started off by buying my first 4-wheel car, joined some groups
that went off to Oman for some village trekking and mountain drives. What started off with one to two-
hour hikes to see how Omanis lived, turned out to change my life, I started to want to extend the
number of hours I could hike, how fast and whether I could reach the highest of peaks in the region.
In one of my earlier trainings before I could really reach any high peak, I hurt my knee, went to the
doctor, had it x-rayed, and discovered I had a meniscus tear. I was told to do physiotherapy at the
hospital and to stop every other training I was doing. This put me down in the beginning, because I was
so excited to get started, I wanted to get out there and start reaching new heights, and I felt defeated
before I had even taken off, but I knew I had to stay positive!
What took some time to realize was that my training either wasn’t that efficient; I hadn’t strengthened
my leg muscles enough, or perhaps I simply did something wrong, either way I had a knee injury. Now,
instead of giving up on hiking, I made sure to stick to the physiotherapy and strengthen my muscles with
an aim to get back to the mountains. I could have given up and thought “Maybe hiking isn’t for me”, but
it taught me that it’s ok to have drawbacks and to take them face on and learn from them to improve,
grow and become stronger than before. You can make a choice on how you respond to these types of
I try to remember this story at times when I am training or climbing a hard route, that I am only getting
stronger, faster and better (of course, as long as I am doing it right and safe!)
You could find yourself in a tough situation or have an unpleasant experience and you can either talk
yourself down and give up on something for good because it was hard OR take it as a challenge; learn,
read, ask for help, and try again, anything is better than nothing at all.
But if you haven’t done the best you could do, you will keep asking yourself “What If?”, and you might
miss out on the views and gratification from climbing the highest mountains in the world.