To literally almost be on top of the world is an amazing feeling. Not very many people get the opportunity to physically experience this.
#33 highest mountain peak in the USA (including those crazy 20,000 feet Alaska mountains). There are only 45 mountains in the USA that are 14,000 feet or more.
It wasn’t just being on top…it was the hike itself. That was the toughest hike I ever did. After that I felt like I could do anything.
I had the WORST blisters ever on my heels before we even started the hike. It was raw, bleeding, and very very very painful. I rarely take painkiller pills but had to take them on the hike. I came close to tears a couple of times because of the pain level. They actually haven’t 100% completely healed yet. They’re about 99% healed…and it’s been 5 months. I have the scars to prove it. 😉 A couple of people were actually very concerned they wouldn’t heal properly because they were so deep.
My asthma did not want to cooperate with me. I started wheezing once we got around 12,000 feet.
My knee. *laughs* Let’s just say I’m not sure why the heck I hiked with a loose kneecap (I didn’t realize it was loose at that time…all I knew was that it hurt with every single step I took). It took a couple of months for it to heal.
That was probably the biggest physical challenge I’ve had to date. What got me through it? How did I make it to the top and back down all on my own?
It was my attitude. It was how I took one step at a time (literally) instead of getting discouraged. It was how I just kept telling myself I would do my best and what happens, happens.
Amazing what a person can do when they set their mind to it and take one step at a time.
It wasn’t just me. Tara and Dennis twisted their ankles and had to hike back down on their twisted ankles. It was awesome to see that everyone else had a great attitude too.
I think about that hike from time to time.
Would I do it again? Yes, but I would be smarter next time. I would bring warmer clothes for one thing. I would be more aware of my limitations with injures…I really should not have done the hike with that bum knee.