(At long last: the final part to one of our 14er climbs last August. If you want to refresh your memory, here’s Part 1 and Part 2.)
When Team B (Dad, Mom, and I) reached Mt. Columbia’s ridge, it was extremely windy. So windy you had to lean forward into the wind. It took us awhile to traverse the ridge.
The clouds were pretty as they blew quickly over the mountain tops.
After climbing over multiple false summits, we finally reached the real summit. Ahhhh. There’s really quite an amazing feeling to summit another 14er.
We took pictures, and we were also in radio contact with Team A. Sadly, with the temperatures and wind, we knew we couldn’t stay long on the summit and wait for the rest, so we began our descent.
Meanwhile, Team A was quite exhausted, but they kept pushing. They had an intense traverse, and despite obstacles, they maintained their cheerfulness.
The last summit was in sight!
When they reached the top, they also took pictures and were surprised to find a mountain goat enjoying the scenery too.
Team A didn’t spend long on the summit, as they knew the descent on Columbia would be hard. We were grateful for our iPhone app RunKeeper, which we had been using since the beginning of the climb. Team B had found the route difficult to find going up, and there were certain routes you did not want to take going down (like catching the gully). RunKeeper was perfect as we consulted it to make sure we had the right path going down. We also radioed to Team A to try to help them get on the right path.
It was a rough descent. Tiredness, pain, exhaustion, and slippery slopes made it difficult. You ended up sort of sliding down different sections.
Finally, we all met up in the forest! Praise the Lord!
It had been a long, hard, incredible day, but we made it. Well, almost. We then experienced a thunderstorm in the forest, along with lots of rain. But I think that just added to the adventure. We put our phones in waterproof compartments, dug out rain coats, and sloshed through the forest.
They could still smile for a group picture. Good job, y’all!
Climbing mountains is a beautiful analogy of our journey as Christian.
- It’s physically hard.
- We face challenges in life.
- Company helps.
- Fellowship with other believers is a great encouragement.
- The views are gorgeous.
- God’s blessings abundantly fill our lives.
- Carbs, protein, water, and even electrolyte chews or drinks are a must.
- Reading God’s Word is essential.
- When you reach the top, you realize the climb was worth it.
- Heaven is our final destination, and words can’t describe what it will be like!
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the
high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”