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Hogus & Paul Summit Island Peak

Everyone has their own ‘mountains to climb’

Climbing Island Peak Mountain was
a long term commitment
a formidable challenge
a test of fortitude

We woke near midnight, to a magnificent black sky and brilliant stars. The snowy mountains shone with an iridescent glow. We ate a hot soup breakfast, filled our 1-Liter bottles with boiling water, and started the approach to Island Peak. Today, groups totaling 39 climbers would attempt to summit Island Peak.

We picked our steps carefully, lit only by our Petzl headlamps. Apparently, climbing in the darkness was a blessing to some. As daylight broke and they could see beyond their headlamps, the Japanese team was horrified with their surroundings – a very steep and sharp rocky ridge with fall-to-death edges on both sides. The entire Japanese team turned back at this point.

Many climbers will say that high-altitude-climbing is the most strenouous and demanding performance they have ever done. Maybe for them. Yes, it is severe. But for those of us who have walked within days of Ostomy and Resection Surgery (or other major surgeries), there are life-challanges that are equally formidable.


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