Water is Life

Water is life FT-02

14er Thru Hiker Discusses the Value of Water for Hikers and Humans

Junaid Dawud of 14ersthruhike.com on Handies mountain.

Junaid Dawud of 14ersthruhike.com on Handies mountain.

Water. Sometimes it seems so common to us that we forget its value, it’s power, it’s importance. That is until we don’t have it. I’ve hiked thousands of miles and spent months of my life at a time in the wilderness and yet the sight and sound of clear water always gives me a moment of pure joyful discovery. That’s because in the wilderness – after sweating over passes and peaks, and pushing my body to the limit – it’s easier to realize the real value of clean water.

Water is LIFE. Without it we are incapable of being healthy or achieving our bodies’ potential. Don’t get enough of it and your body starts to lose its vigor. We, all of us, everyone, need 2 liters a day. At the least. Worldwide though there are over 780,000,000 people that don’t have access to clean water and 3.4 million people die every year from water related illness. As a single person though, what can we do? Well, as it turns out, something! When we join together, we can do even more. And action can be contagious, it can grow, spread, inspire, motivate. It can save lives.

I’ve always been drawn toward the horizon, the next curve, the next bend, toward discovery. Newness is the essence of adventure for me and for a long time that magnetic pull felt mostly selfish. I was having fun, I was growing, I was exploring…but it was about ‘me’. But even my life isn’t just about me. It’s about family and friends, community, its about us. So now, when I seek the next adventure, I also seek the next purpose. A purpose based on ‘we’ rather than ‘me’ gives a subtle meaning, an extra motivation, an added value to my adventures. It is also a way for my family, friends, and community to join in on the fun with out getting blisters. Everyone loves to be a part of something awesome, so when I invite them to support my cause, I’m inviting them to join me in spirit on my adventure. Those that support me make me do better: they give me energy when I’m tired, a reason to smile when its tough, motivation to go on when the adventure isn’t fun.
Image from 14ersthruhike.com

Image from 14ersthruhike.com

Many people will climb 14ers this year, and for good reason. Standing at the summit of a peak after using your own power to get there gives a real sense of physical accomplishment. It makes you feel young, vibrant, and alive! This summer take an adventure with a purpose: The Colorado 54. Second Mile Water is dedicated to bringing water to some of those 780 million people that don’t have access today. Using your adventure of climbing one of Colorado’s 54 14ers as a catalyst, you can help Second Mile Water with their ongoing work to bring clean water to thousands of families in Nicaragua. Think, your climb could help save lives.
Sure you could climb a mountain, and yes, that will (probably!) be fun. Or you can go on an adventure that rallies your family, friends, and community to a purpose that will help ‘us’. That sounds like fun to me!
—Guest blog by Junaid Dawud of 14ersthruhike.com.