We started around 5 am and watched a little bit of the sunrise.
It's a GORGEOUS hike. SO many waterfalls...
After a few hours, we reached the base of the summit. What a pleasant lodge to greet us!
And then the long, hard part began... walking across broken rocks for a couple hours.
You climb from the left side of the picture across the rocks and snow all the way to the right side right side of the picture, then go across the lower 'saddle part' then ascend up the next section and then up to the top!
After braving the saddle, we started up to the top of the top through pleasant switchbacks made of broken pieces of rock.
See that little cone thing? The top is finally in view! Too bad it's still like an hour away!!!
Once we got there though, the view was FANTASTIC!!!
After enjoying the view for about an hour it hit me that now I had to hike down. Unhappy thoughts for sure. Aaron really wanted to slide down the glacier and although I didn't want to go down the glacier, I REALLY didn't want to go back the way we had come. So I consented. It may look short, but trust me, it is NOT short.
It turns out the dude had a broken leg with a compound fracture. I felt so bad for him. I was sliding past him as they re-broke it to stabilize him and he screamed so loud. I can't even imagine what pain he must have been in.
To the left is where the copter was. I'm not sure why I didn't take a picture with it in...
I'm SO glad I did that hike; I've wanted to do it for years. It is a hike and a half though. I think we were on the mountain for about 10 hours! 12 miles baby! It was so wonderful to take some time off and just do something completely us!