Making the climb in Edinburgh, Scotland

[EDINBURGH] – Southeastern students and professors abroad hiked to the top of Arthur’s Seat on Sunday, July 17, despite challenges along the way.

The 823 foot hike in Edinburgh, Scotland is a steep climb with stunning views. The students decided to begin their time in the area with an adventure they would never forget.

Southeastern theatre professor James Winter made the suggestion to make the climb. A veteran to the hike, Winter knew the students would be amazed upon reaching the top.

“It was great. It was the fifth or sixth time hiking up Arthur’s Seat. We had a good group and this time it was the best because the weather was great. When we got up there, it was amazing to see the city and by far the furthest I’ve been able to see,” said Winter.

Southeastern study abroad student and theatre major Elizabeth Odom also reflected on her time up the volcano.

The view atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The view atop Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“Awesome! It was a spectacle and a very high climb,” Odom said.

Troubles on the hike

With the steep pathways and rough terrain, Odom managed to reach the top even while battling medical conditions. Odom suffers from scoliosis and degenerative disc disease, causing her some trouble on the way up.

“Some muscles in my back are weak, so other ones in weird places overcompensate and mess me up sometimes,” she said. “There were times when I thought I couldn’t finish the hike because of my condition, but I made it, and it was definitely worth making it to the top.”

Another study abroad student, Sarah Balli, agreed.

“It was one of the best days ever,” she said. “Totally breathtaking. I took so many pictures.”

Hesitant to climb due to a fear of heights, Balli, a Southeastern theatre major and study abroad student, proudly overcame her worries.

“It was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I have never been hiking before. I’m used to flat land and staying on it. I’m also afraid of heights, so it was easily one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, too,” she said.

Teamwork makes the dream work

Balli notes that though the struggle, her friends are what kept her going, making her experience all the more memorable.

“In the end, it was one of the best things I have done so far, especially with the support of friends all along the way.”

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