Friday was the day we got up early and set off for Steeple Peak. It’s the day we climbed a mountain and the day I’ve been putting off writing about because I know my words will fail to describe the beauty and wonder of it all. So since a picture is worth a thousand words, I thought I’d start there.
I think this is the only picture I have that portrays the steepness of the hike – this is the type of terrain we dealt with on our hike from the lake to the notch you can see between Steeple Peak and East Temple Spire on the right hand side.
Here’s the full view of East Temple Spire from our plateau – rocks fell down that slide you see on the left hand side a few times while we were climbing and sounded so much like thunder it had me looking for dark clouds…From this plateau to the top we had to rope up. Our guide climbed up first, setting anchors as he went. Once he got to a good spot, he’d set up an anchor and signal for Troy to climb up while he belayed from above. Once Troy reached the anchor, they’d signal to me and I’d climb up to join them. Here’s Troy climbing a fairly easy pitch on our way to the top.Troy was a really good sport posing for pictures and then taking the GoPro to the top on the next pitch to get good summit pics. Just one of the many reasons he was an amazing climbing partner! We had a couple more difficult climbing pitches before we got to the top. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of those, but the features of the rock are burned on my memory. The hard spots are the ones you never forget, because they mean that much more. While Troy waited for me at the summit he got to take these awesome pictures of the other teams coming up the other side to meet us at the top!
After conquering a couple tough sections of crack climbing, here I am joining Troy and our guide at the top.Clearly, Troy and I needed a nap after all that exertion! You can see the other teams hitting the summit right behind us. It’s surprising now to look back and see how narrow the peak really was. At the time we felt so secure up there that we had a couple snacks, lounged around and basically had a party.
It was every bit as incredible as it looks and then some. The road to get there was six months in the making and took 5 1/2 hours of flying, 3 hours of driving, and 8 1/2 hours of hiking over the course of 2 days, but it was worth absolutely every second.