By McKenzi Taylor
This summer has been full of excursions and adventure, so I thought it would be worth filling you in on some of the adventures in my personal life! Most weekends, you can find me doing some form of physical activity. I am often running, riding my bike, swimming or recently I’ve started hot yoga (which is surprisingly addicting). Probably the most consistent weekend activity that I partake in, however is rock climbing. I think the reason I enjoy climbing is not for the thrill of being dangerous, it’s more for the thrill of seeing new places; from all sorts of angles. I enjoy the places climbing takes me whether it be a desert in Utah or Nevada or a lush forest in British Columbia. My journal pages are filled with places I’d like to go to, things I’d like to do and climbing just adds to the excitement!
This post is dedicated to my adventure with Matt to summit Mt. Sill. I can’t deny that this was a pretty big task for me to undertake because there were a lot of firsts for me…
- I had never used an ice axe, nor did I own one.
- I had never climbed up to 14000 ft (or near that elevation, frankly)
- While I am active, I’m not an experienced hiker or backpacker
Despite all the challenges I knew we would face, I signed up for the adventure and was thrilled and nervous about the possibilities.
In retrospect, it was well worth it, but I am not going to lie, the hike was heinous. We had to stay at base camp one night in Sam Mack Meadows, but the following morning was so difficult that I nearly wanted to give up. I may have even cried once or twice The climbing was the easiest part of the entire trip (6 pitches of 5.7). The hike out nearly killed me as well as I thought I would collapse form the walking, exhaustion and weight of my pack.
So… what then was so great about this, one might ask?
- I finished it.
- I saw and heard glaciers crashing into the lakes
- I drank freezing fresh water
- I got to hang with Matt
- I saw amazing views from the summit and from the hike
- I took some nice photographs
- I drank some local beer
- I got some fresh air
- I f’n finished it.