Written by: Aria Choi
Photo Credits: Amit Gupta
It was a sunny Saturday morning, the birds were chirping and there was a slight breeze flowing by. This was the day that SWE and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) were going on a hike to reach the big concrete C on top of Box Springs Mountain. This would be my second time that I would hike up to the C, and I was excited for the trials that lay ahead of me and everyone else that would attend.
I headed over to Goodwin’s, the store where we were meeting at before the hike, and I breathed in the fresh air and prepared myself for a bit of exercise. I sat at the tables outside of Goodwin’s and while I waited for everyone to arrive, I looked up at the C; it looked so small and far away from where I was. Soon, after the last person we were waiting for arrived, all of us started walking towards the mountain.
As we got to the base of the mountain, the trail gradually started going upwards. At first, it wasn’t too strenuous or steep, but suddenly I looked up and the slope loomed before me. I had to make sure to lean forwards to keep from falling backwards! A couple of people in front of me started to jog up the hill, and not wanting to be the last person, I started charging up the hill! I ran past everyone in front and made it to the first little leveled out area. There were a lot of large boulders that we sat on to take a small breather and we rehydrated ourselves.
We continued in this way for a while; we ran up in short bursts and took a lot of breaks for water and rest. The last part right before we got to the C was probably the steepest and hardest part to climb, especially because our muscles were really fatigued and it was a bit sandy as well. But when we finally sat on top of the C and saw the view, it felt extremely worth the climb. Even though it was sunny, there was a nice breeze, which cooled us down as we just enjoyed looking at our campus from high up.
After around twenty minutes of resting on the C, we decided it was time to head down. In some ways, going down the mountain is easier! You are met with much less resistance and your muscles are not working as hard to keep moving forwards. However, in some ways, it can be a lot harder, since it is so steep. We had to be careful to not slide down the entire mountain! Some parts are not that steep, and it was fun to jog down and let gravity help you a little. Finally, we reached the bottom of Box Springs Mountain and we were back where we started.
This hike is for those who like a little bit of challenge. It is definitely not a stroll in the park, but making it through the entire hike made me feel a lot more capable of myself, and I felt like I was able to do anything! I do not usually wake up very early, especially not on a Saturday, but I was glad that I did. I felt a lot better after going on the hike, even though I was tired, and it was a great bonding experience with my fellow engineering majors.
Jayapriya Vengadesan (2017-2018)
Jayapriya is an undergraduate student studying bioengineering.
Cindy Yanez (2016-2017)