Its a familial kind of love. Which means yes, we bicker and get annoyed at each other like sisters. But also, this woman holds a piece of my heart that no one else can quite understand.
When we set to summit these mountains, I was so hesitant. I didn’t know if I could physically make it up any of those peaks, but we sent it. I was probably the most nervous for the Grand Teton, having never rock climbed before. But, I know that Alex knows my physical capability just about as well as I do, and she believed in me. Each day of training and our summit day, I felt myself get so much stronger and confident in my climbing abilities. The amount of positivity and support our three woman team gave to each other made 16 total hours on the mountain fly by. Maybe we could have shaved off a bit of time if that was the goal, but summit dance breaks and long conversations are what I’ll remember from that day - not the soreness in my knees as the daylight began to fade.
Something special happened in the Tetons on Friday. We didn’t just climb up and back down a mountain, we allowed the day to take ahold of us and do our best to enjoy every minute - even the freezing winds whipping across our noses as we neared the summit.
This day simply would not have happened without @exumguides.
Not only did we need to rely on the technical climbing assistance; but the positivity, encouragement, and motivation we felt from @skidiva
made those hours on the trail simply melt away into conversations ranging from childhood stories to how we, as women, attempt to balance our lives.
These smiles are not curated. They are the product of an unforgettable climb with a truly special team of ladies. Alex, thank you for being my summit sister and being along for this crazy ride with me - i don’t think either of us could ever fathom this ourselves. We’re in it together. A piece of myself is still up on top of the Grand, and i am more than okay with that.