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The Tiger On The Mountain Essay

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"Mom, you said last time was the last time" "But I thought you liked it" "Mom, you go to a boot camp and see if you like it!" I was begging my mom to let me stay home from the survival hike to the Odae Mountain in Korea. I dreaded going because of the insane guide that led the expedition, his name was Mr. Kim. He demanded his students to refer to him as 'sir', and if we didn't, we were punished. Among the slaves, we refer to him as the Bengal Tiger.He was straight out of my nightmares. He was virtually indestructible. I was convinced that he had three sets of eyes that never blinked. He always knew everything we were up to all the time. If I stopped for even a second, I would hear his roar.He was the kind of guy that inspired fear and demanded respect. One look at his muscular body and his snow-white hair made me feel like an ant on a picnic blanket. He was apparently in his 60's but he could have fooled anyone. He was strong as a tiger.It was not really a boot camp, but it was in a way, since he yelled like it was a cussing competition. I do not think I could even remember half of the horrors we went through. It would be impossible for me to recall all of the times that he made me feel useless. I spent countless nights clutching my sheets in fear of what the next day would hold.When I was very young, my mother decided that I needed to experience the world and all it had to offer. What she did not know was that she was sending her defenseless 9-year-old child out into the far corners of the world with a fearless dictator who carelessly pushed the limits of the human body to the brink of death. From the frontier of the Brazilian Amazon, to the icy-cold mountains of the Swiss Alps, we went on numerous trips throughout the world. I can remember many of the memories that still haunt me in my dreams. Walking through the desserts in China, rolling in the snow on the top of the Alps, plunging into the icy cold lakes in New Zealand, wandering through the jungles of the Amazon, visiting places in the Middle East, there were too many to list. Being the youngest of the group that ranged from a 9-year-old (me), to the college aged students; I was always the kid who had to take 'crap' from everyone. While my friends were sitting at home enjoying their break from school, I was traveling around the world experiencing every kind of hardship.I was fighting to have my mom let me stay home from this, this one trip, but I lost. My mom decided to send me on a hike to the Odae Mountain with the Bengal Tiger. It felt as if I was being shipped away to a concentration camp. The hike was a nightmare from the moment we started. We could have taken the bus to the mid-point of the mountain, like everyone else did, but we had to walk from the very bottom of the mountain. We had been walking for a while when he saw a little pond. The pond was frozen over with ice as thick as concrete. Two of his assistants started breaking the ice while we stood by with chills shooting down...

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