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Summiting Mt. Shasta

In the clouds at the summit

On July 3, 2016 I hiked to the summit of Mt. Shasta with my boyfriend Jackson Baures. It is the most physically challenging thing I have ever achieved and I’m so proud of myself for making it to the top. We took the Avalanche Gulch route: doing 11 miles round trip with a 7,300 foot elevation gain in a single day (rather than camping overnight at Lake Helen). “Over 15,000 summit attempts are made every year, only a third of which are successful” (summitpost.org). Although I had been training for months, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to make it. We met many people on the way up who did not get to the summit, either because of altitude sickness or fog. But once we made it to Red Banks and the fog cleared, I knew I could do it; it was just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other. The view of our hometown from the top was stunning and it made me incredibly happy to share this adventure with my life partner.

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