Tension releasing pole hugs

As soon as the Land Cruiser came to a halt at the venue for the high rope experience, anxiety ran high on the sight that greeted me. The four-cornered square ropes suspended on logs and zigzag bars hanged loosely. No one had the slightest idea of the team building exercise planned on that serene environment, surrounded by the green mountains with peeping brown rocks. 

Without wasting time, Neels the gentleman in charge of the day’s activity described to us in detail the task for the day. The facial expression on the delegates’ faces after Neels’ explanation, read tension. This was when it dawned on me that indeed the challenge was to walk on the high ropes that were almost kissing the clear blue sky. 

When the energetic, and playful Ghanaian ANLP participant named Prince, took the first courageous step on the challenge, a cascade of emotion set off. Some of the participants had an adrenaline rush, others panic attacks and for a few of them cried at the thought of their life flashed before them. When my turn reached, even the numbness on my fingers could not excuse me to surrender. I had to conquer this fear to achieve the goal of the exercise. 

Susan 2019
Just like everyone else, I started with the hanging logs, followed by the zigzag suspension and finally the single round diagonal log that ran across the square, attaching itself to a pole, that marked the finish line. My experience, up the ropes, was full of fear. However, the fear subsided a little bit as I continued with the task. Towards the end of this nerve breaking event, stood the magic finishing line pole that seemed to welcome me with its invisible open arms. As I reached it one foot slowly in front of the other, the pole became closer and closer. I felt my breath getting lighter. Finally, there was the pole in front of me. I reached out to it with my open arms. Honestly, the quite hug that I received from the pole will forever remain memorable. My mind was rekindled to a quote that ‘sometimes a silent hug is the only thing we need as therapy’. The pole was a form of reassurance to my feelings since I felt much better, lighter and accomplished compared to when I started the trial.
Lots of people felt exactly the same about that specific pole...


0 #12 Yemisi Folasire 2019-03-09 18:55
I remember the feelings I had few years(2017) back while at that pole, but for the encouraging words of colleagues at the other end, I wqould not have made it without shedding some tears.
0 #11 Anna Lartey 2019-03-09 12:23
This will be an experience etched in your memory for a long time to come. Hold on tight and let it move you to greater exploits. Remember, if others have done it, you can do it too. I wish you a great time at ANLP2019.
0 #10 Bariki Mwasaga 2019-03-08 20:39
Wow...i see myself in those ropes too. I wish you all a living experience....10days of a life long investment!
0 #9 Eunice Berko 2019-03-08 12:58
A great experience indeed! Keep soaring Prince :lol: ALL the very best to you all on this wonderful journey of self-discovery.

0 #8 Frank Ekow Hayford 2019-03-08 12:35
Great to see you are all up the task ahead. Enjoy every bit of your experiences. Have a wonderful 10 days of good memories and learning experience. Go Rhino!
0 #7 Daisy Maradzika 2019-03-08 11:47
This took me back to 2004; when I also experienced the high ropes and pure adrenaline rush. Enjoy networking and greetings from England.
0 #6 Juliana Mandha 2019-03-08 10:56
haahahhaha, you have exactly described my experience 2 years ago in 2017. I still remember the adrenaline rush and the joy and smile on the finish line. Have a wonderful experience, it changed my life.
0 #5 Jane Badham 2019-03-08 10:16
A wonderful blog and was honoured to be with the team as they all 100% overcame their fears and conquered the high ropes.
0 #4 Evans Mokaya 2019-03-08 08:08
Wow!! I watched the clip and felt the adrenaline rush....am impressed you controlled your nerves and overcame the fears. Great and memorable experience.
0 #3 Arthur Pagiwa 2019-03-08 08:07
A good description of the event and it really does set the tone for the 2 weeks as you learn to conquer your fear and build support for each other. All the best and enjoy the journey. Arthur

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