I have to admit that the idea of 10.3 miles scared me even more than the 2135 feet of elevation gain.
I chose not to take my dslr on this trip and carried my iPhone as my only camera. I made a very wise decision. We moved along at a pace that would not have allowed me to stop and take pictures the way that I would have enjoyed. With my iPhone I was still able to take pictures and keep moving.
The final push to the top was a series of switchbacks that I seriously thought would never end. I am so thankful for my trekking poles, and a supportive husband that kept saying "Just take your time".
|Thanks Mallory Huizenga for documenting this for me.|
The top was worth it. Completed with a stone added to the Cairn pile.
This photo gives a better idea of how high up we were.
The snow patch to the left of the "X" is where the cairn pile was and where we stopped for lunch. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich never tasted so good.
This is one of my favorite moments at the top. Dad and daughter :)
The way down was so pretty with lots of greenery and little streams crossing the switchback paths.
The possibility of a bear encounter is very real here, so we were happy to be hiking as a big group.
This was part of the group and obviously I was not the official photographer.
|Sunrift Gorge at the end of the hike.|
After six and a half hours of hiking I was so ready to be done, but I had accomplished a great goal. The hard part is now I have to set a new one. I guess we will see what next year brings :)
P.S. If you are interested you can watch this 4 minute video of the hike. This guy has hiked all 734 miles of trails in Glacier National Park. Crazy!
Joining Kim Klassen for Friday Finds since I found the confidence to do this hike :)