I summited Mt Shasta this past Sunday. My very first snow summit. A grueling, 6.5 mile slog with over 7000 feet of elevation gain, the first 3.5 miles with over 40lbs on my back. The last 3 miles involved some of the steepest terrain I've ever encountered. My friends and I slowly climbed a mile long snow chute, which gained over 2500 feet in a little over a mile. My ice axe and crampons and knowledge of how to properly climb the chute were the only things that prevented me from sliding down, down, down. You can see in the first photo the tiny line of people who were traversing the chute. The 40 degree slopes were so incredibly intimidating, but my mind just kept focusing on placing one foot in front of the other. It was terrifying, exhilarating, mind numbingly tiring work, to climb from 7000 feet to 14,190. Truly one of my proudest moments. I can do hard things. I am capable of doing hard things.
Thanks to my amazing group for your encouragement and support. It was a truly awe inspiring weekend.