...it’s all about the chapstick.
Waking up at high camp amongst the buzz of other teams laying out ropes and brewing coffee, praying for a motionless ridge, hands deep in puffy-jacket pockets, waiting for the sun to expose the upper reaches of Denali Pass...it’s a habitual process, but all new. It was as surreal as reading a book, closing your eyes, and poof! ...happening right there.
Though many moments come to mind from this expedition, none have left a more lasting effect than a shift in my internal priorities. A deep, cleansing sense of purpose and the moment to moment living is born through time spent in remote places, yet, slowly erupt into an overflowing exchange amongst other inhabitants. It’s infectious...
And though it’s easy to stunt or hide reality day-to-day, the moments here brought me to a level of awareness I had never experienced before. Soft and hard skills were being balanced, adaptation and normality was arising to keep focus and the unique culture made the progressive transition from obvious tasks to “just being”...
So, I made it a goal to take a picture every morning to see how my body (beyond a perceived notion) responded to altitude, sun, wind, snow and the overall environment. To see a permanent mirror of how I was shedding, inside out. -
This was from June 28, 2018, at 17,200 feet, after a successful 17 hour summit day to the top of North America.
I am ever grateful for this moment...the sunburn, the frozen snot, the puffiness, the grateful exhaustion and I can’t wait to get back to the raw element of it all.
, I owe you a lifetime of lip balm.
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