Since the media is obsessing over the lululemon recall, it’s only fair that I share another side of the story. Llululemon is an excellent product. As a matter of fact, lululemon pants saved my life.

I set out to climb Volcan Tajumulco, the highest point in Central America. The hike entailed two days of climbing and one night of sleeping on the volcano. I was told the temperature would be freezing. I was nervous. You know, I hate the cold.


On the first day, we climbed to a “mini-peak” to watch the sunset.


Wearing an ill-fitted, dingy, borrowed beanie, my profile was akin to that of a homeless man. I hoped my black lululemon tights would offset the vagrant vibe. They did not.


When you are eye to eye with the sun, sitting above the clouds, it doesn’t matter how you look. What matters is how you feel. I’ve never seen a sunset like this.


On the second day, we woke up at 4:15 am to climb to the peak. I put on my lululemon studio pants to brave the frigid hike. At the summit, we bundled up and waited for the sun to rise. Julia, the girl in the red sleeping bag, was my happy guide. Then there was me, not looking happy.


My toes and fingers went numb, which I expected. I have a condition that prevents circulation from reaching my fingers and toes. It was a small price to pay for this view.


Despite the cold, the slippery terrain, and the fact that I had to poop in a hole, I made it. It was the hardest, most rewarding hike of my life.


Thank you, lululemon athletica. Because my pants were warm and cozy, the cold wasn’t a distraction. I was free to live in the moment. Free to taste the peace, beauty, and love surrounding me.

Thank you, Outdoor Afro. You remind me these feats are possible.

Lessons Learned:

1. Pooping in a hole gets easier over time.
2. It’s okay to look homeless.
3. It’s not okay to feel homeless.
4. Nothing beats a sunset or a sunrise.
5. God has an awesome view.
6. You never appreciate what you have until you realize how much you need it.

*My outfit from top to bottom:

1st layer headgear: basic bandana
2nd layer headgear: a borrowed “was white until I wore it” beanie
1st layer top: lululemon 3/4 zip up shirt
2nd layer top: lululemon full zip jacket
3rd layer top: rocawear puffy vest
4th layer top: a borrowed puffy coat
5th layer top: windproof jacket
1st layer of pants: lululemon cold weather running tights
2nd layer of pants: lululemon studio pant *liner


Angel · 03/30/2013 at 3:13 pm

@Ween. I trust you are somewhere doing what you love!

Angel · 03/30/2013 at 3:12 pm

@ Sara. Yes, we had to wear head lamps because we were hiking at 4am and it was pitch black. Beautiful but pitch black.

Sara · 03/29/2013 at 12:14 am

Forgot to ask before – Is that a head lamp in some of those pics?

Ween · 03/28/2013 at 11:13 pm

i am overwhelmed (in a good way) and completely overjoyed by this post! love. x.

Sara · 03/28/2013 at 10:45 pm

This is awesome! And so excited to finally get an update on your trip! Yea!

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