The journey begins at Sprague Lake, receiving the new light, bouncing off my goal. Hallett Peak is the middle peak with 12,713 feet of adventure waiting for me. So, here we go.
Rising above the morning haze.
Encountering others on our shared trail. These beauties were descending with ease, and me…huffing and puffing upwards.
When all I can hear is my own breathing, a tiny call to pay attention, catches my ear.
Taking a moment to look back at where I’ve been. Blessed.
Then…Tyndall glacier. From hear I can see, Hallett Peak to my right and WAY out there, Sprague lake.
I turn around and can see, WAY out there, Grand and Shadow Mountain Lakes.
Full disclosure, I made it to 12,590 feet when my knees sternly shared with me, “Remember, Michael you have to go back down these boulders and venturing upwards any further could be disastrous to us.” Hallett Peak is 12,713 feet…123 feet more. But, listening to my body, we turn back and journey down, FILLED with gratitude.
Emerald Lake overlook.
The beauty along the way.
Bear Lake was a very welcome sight, with my knees thanking me and my heart busting with blessing. Hallett Peak is the top peak. Much love for the land below it…family will understand.
3,100 vertical feet, 9.3 miles and 7.5 hours later, my life is fuller than before. A journey that revealed a life filled with challenge, surprise, accomplishments, future goals, sacred conversations and a renewed love for the life I am blessed to live. Thank you.