It was fun to have all three of us be matched up well in our hiking abilities. We took turns switching off leading and it kept us on a good pace. We hit the summit after hiking about four and a half hours. Not bad considering the average is six to eight hours to the top.
|Paul and Gordon at the place where the snowfield stopped us last time. Just a small patch is all that is left.|
|Looking down at Emerald Lake which is still partially covered with ice. It's usually snow free by the first of July.|
|Paul, Bruce and Gordon at the summit.|
|Heading back down.|
Another quick note. My daughter Sarah suggested that I read "The Long Run" by Matt Long. It is an inspiring story of a NY city fireman who had run marathons, was an Ironman finisher and is a survivor of the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago. He was hit by and sucked under a bus, survived after receiving 69 pints of blood and over 40 surgeries. He chronicles his recovery, his discouragement and how he overcame this and became determined to run a marathon again against all odds. It was truly an inspiring book. I felt it was fitting to drop this book back to the library by running the 1.2 miles down there instead of driving. Just a small tip of the hat to Matty and his inspiring story. I highly recommend the book.
Hang in there and I will too.