Fifty feet up the trail and already I knew things were going to be rough. My dad turned to me and said, ‘Wow, I didn’t think I’d be out of breath this quickly. I need to stop for a minute.’We were about one minute in to a 2.5 mile hike up the very steep, varying terrain to Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, which juts out 2000 feet above the Ryfylke fjord in Norway. At 77 years old, with diabetes and a growing problem with balance, this was not going to be a walk in the park for my dad. Questioning his judgement in undertaking the challenge, but eager to help him accomplish something I knew he really wanted, I quickly offered my help. I could push/pull him up the large stones that formed a kind of staircase nearly straight up parts of the mountain. I would do whatever I could to get him up there.
October 6 2014