20,310 ft...and fully embracing the euphoria of altitude...turning back towards Grace and Jeff, simply attached to me by a blend of nylon and trust...trying to fully grasp physical reality.
A vivid memory stirs of trying to delay my already slow steps, to help speed the realization that we were less than 50 meters from the summit of Denali. The wind resonating like a 12-string guitar when the trail snaked close to the edge of the ridgeline...
...trying not to stare at the beautiful ski tracks to my left from @colinobrady & @drjonkedski...
-June 27, 2018-
I know, (and apologize) that many of my photos are of past days, but I consciously reflect in this social atmosphere and tip-toe with heavy thoughts on HOW I can express, with the intention to inspire others. It’s true...everyone has their method of release...from pain, joy, sadness, depression, loneliness, hopelessness or pure happiness...but long-winded writing, remembering the smaller details of every photo, and 24/7 planning, has in turn sparked something within me, deeper than expected ...more meaningful and therapeutic than face to face with another soul at times...which has also been tough. But there is a benefit to internalizing if done properly...
Ultimately, I was around such talented and enlightening souls throughout my time (who also had documented the entire journey), I feel empowered to share, what is sometimes left to imagination. It’s a bitter balance of nostalgia, and constant planning for what’s next...a calmly resonating energy that is relentlessly flowing. -
I feel I’m balancing 40 overflowing cups , all sparking both a purpose and a call to action. -
Nevertheless, this is only the beginning. And I’m ready to let the hair grow, ski steeper, become a tool of wilderness endurance, and be able to redefine who I am.
“Just breathe deep and watch your step”
...words of Lead Guide Wesley Bunch before passing the baton over on the summit ridge.
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