This was the crazy adventure I didn’t know I needed.
After strapping on 3 inch crampons, helmet, harness and grabbing an ice axe, we got secured to our teammates via rope. Who would entrust me with an axe and what did we just get ourselves into?
The daunting 300m vertical ice field ahead made us break a sweat immediately, but we plowed ahead at a painstakingly slow pace, zig zagging the mountain. As we stopped for a crampon issue and a dropped water bottle, another team overtook us BUT their rear person had a mental & physical breakdown so we had a front row view of a mountain rescue. After the delay, we finally eclipsed this behemoth and got rewarded with lunch atop.
Then the real badass fun began…..
Our wonderful guide challenged us by taking us down into a crevice. AYKM?!? It was a pivotal moment that we all bonded over. How many people can say they’ve taken a leap of faith over an ice ledge and used an axe to climb back out? It was surreal and so empowering.
With all of us gaining an extra dose of confidence, we were disappointed the adventure was ending and we had to scale another uphill to climb back out of this cauldron of ice.
Only one slip and we all finished unscathed after a crazy, one-of-a-kind adventure.