The hardest moments of your life quite often become your most memorable and life changing ones. My probably most beautiful trip was my hardest one - I was hesitating a lot to join Denali expedition back in 2011 or not - I knew the temperatures can be up to -40 F/C , winds can be up to 100 mph / 160 kmh - and I joined the trip because I had trusted people going- although I knew only a few. We had whiteouts, temperatures in the tent up to -27 c, the packs and sledges weight was total 50 kg per person - and the trip was awesome. The trip changed me as a person for sure - and keep changing. But I needed to make a step forward.
I am not a big fan of the quotes - probably it is first time I will post one. But as it is first day of a new year, the words said long time ago by Mark Twain fits well. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover"
The photo is our last day of the expedition, walking to the basecamp to fly-out from the glacier - was one of the best in my life, walking safely down with the summit in the pocket. Usually I was carrying small flag of the Lithuania (my native country) but somehow I said- fu%$¿&t, I do not care about the wind and weight- got my avalanche probe, flag from the summit (2m x 1m) and got walking. I got superb support from the climbers both going up and down, probably was most popular model on the mountain on that day. This flag since then had been on all of my summits - and I keep walking. Are you?
This excellent photo was made by @audriusneverest.
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