One of the greatest accomplishments in life is doing something you thought you couldn't... . .
Well, hike 15 of the #52hikechallenge
is in the books and between you and me this tested my resolve and love of hiking the mountains. If I could climb the #ManitouSpringsIncline
I will be one step closer to the goal of hiking my 1st 14er, #MountBierstadt
So, I started my #Garminfitness
watch timer and with my asthma inhaler, epi-pen and a water bottle in a small satchel (no camera equipment this hike), I began the 2766 step, 2000' vertical climb up the side of Pikes Peak. My initial goal was to reach the bailout point, about 3/4 of the way to the summit, where the Incline meets the Barr Trail. From there I was planning to come back down. . .
At this point of the trail, there is a sign that clearly marks 1000 more steps to the summit along with a bench for a much-needed respite for anyone that tries this climb. After a 5-minute break and enjoying the views of #ColoradoSprings
from this vantage point, I told myself "One step, one breath and one moment at a time and you can do this." I started the last 1/4 mile at a very slow pace and as I approached the summit and with a huge smile on my face, I could hear my friends cheering me on. It may have taken Allie McLaughlin only 20:07 to summit the Incline and me 2:10:56 but I was able to see the same incredible view of the city as she did. . .
Have you ever questioned your goals and thought they were beyond your ability? Sometimes the only person that is stopping you, is you. . .
. ...📸: @allthesideroads