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Not the most epic photo, but a moment that is worth sharing to me. I went 3 times to Lake Ohara. First time it rained like crazy, second time it snowed like hell and third I couldn’t get on the bus so had to walk up 11km on a gravel road to reach the trailhead. There is something that pushes me to go back to specific spots, and most of the time it’s the feeling that my experience there was incomplete and I just cannot let it go. That day I hiked 15km in the snow, with zero visibility. I’ve never experienced such silence and serenity. On the hike I met a Japanese couple and took selfies with them (there’re the ones walking at the bottom right of the photo) at the end of the trail I challenged them to push a little more and hike up on the side of the mountain. For an moment I became a mountain guide and I liked it. After a while the man started to slow down and the couple eventually stopped and told me they were tired. We said goodbye and they promised to keep in touch. It’s so interesting to see how people open up more easily on hikes compare to casual life. I’ve learned so much more about the world and the culture on the trails compared to around a beer. On hikes small talk is rarely present, perhaps nature and hiking helps grounding ourselves and put us in touch directly with our most authentic sentiments.