But the sun is somewhere shining even when it rains .
to one of the wildest adventure. One that still to this day scares me sometimes, especially because of where my mind was. It was my first time experiencing a snow hike in the Sierras. I didn’t expect anything, but a summit with some awesome people. My mind when I first started hiking was all about getting that summit. When I think back, and realize the group made the best decision to bail at 12k ft due to white out conditions on our way to Mt Agassiz, I thank God I followed their decision to turn back. I remember feeling sad and disappointed when we had to turn back, because I wanted that summit so bad. I was willing to approach it without the proper gear. I had no helmet or ice ax or crampons. I am so thankful we turned back, or who knows what could have happened. I’m glad the group made the right choice. Because of this hike and after hearing about the dangers of hiking in snow, I decided to later invest in my safety. I took on a winter mountaineering course, so to always make the right calls when adventuring during the winter time. Educating yourself about the dangers and how to stay safe is vital, and am a big advocate when it comes to that. As many of you know, winter is approaching us quickly, and I just hope that you all learn before you go out there. Take a course, ask a friend for information, ask for advice. Prepare yourself. Planning ahead is the smartest thing you can do. You’ll realize how much more fun winter mountaineering is, once you educate yourself: so to my friends going out during this time, please don’t think about that summit. Think about your safety and enjoy yourselves out there, with the proper gear. It’s not all about having microspikes or an ice axe. Learn the proper way to self arrest, the proper way to travel with an axe. Know when it’s safest to travel on snow/ glaciers/ and signs of potential avalanche danger. I promise you, investing in your safety is the smartest thing you can do for yourself, your family, your friends. Love and peace ✌️ to you all 💚🙏🏽🌱