Yesterday I led my first hike for the Sierra Club. Before the fated day, I had started to get a little annoyed with all of the logistic crap that is required to drag a couple of people up a hillside, but the actual hike ended up outweighing all of the consternation. It actually ended up being a lot of fun.
Three things made it a successful outing: 1) the weather was fantastic with sunny skies and temps in the upper 40s. My balding head even got sunburned; 2) it only took us 4 hours total, including pre-hike talk, lunch and post-hike high-fiving, and 3) everyone returned with all of the limbs they started out with and most importantly no one died!