We were so excited and overwhelmed with emotion at this summit. The hike was our most grueling of the trip. There was so much elevation gain our legs at this point felt like jello. The last bit of the hike also involved scrambling through rocks and we were absolutely exhausted. Once we got to this view though, no one cared. It’s impossible to express with words or photos how huge these towers were. When we first arrived, without giving my participants instructions, everyone simultaneously found a quiet spot on their own to just sit and witness. As a trip leader, there’s something to be said for unstructured downtime during moments like these. I could tell that everyone, including myself, just needed a moment to be present and reflect on where we were, how we got there, and what it meant. Then of course, we did a photo shoot. Who wouldn’t with this view?