Visibility and temperatures drop as the clouds lower, rain and wind increase as you climb a high mountain ridge. Time to go home!
Often, as we venture into areas of risk in life, whether on purpose or circumstantially, we find ourselves in need of a reverse gear. My son Michael and my attempted traverse of El Diente peak and Mt. Wilson in the Colorado Rockies was one of those. Up early after a crystal clear night, we noticed the stars were not as visible and it was warmer than it should be. Not good signs in the mountains! After some time scrambling up steep talus slopes by the light of our headlamps we began to experience light rain, then wind and sideways, driven rain as we climbed into the lowering clouds around 13,000 ft. The temperature began to drop as well as the cloud cover, the wind kept increasing and soon we came to the disappointing conclusion that it was time to head down.
It was a great trip! Sometimes the experience of the moment is more memorable than an achieved summit. Life is like that. Enjoy the moment, draw close to your teammates. Communicate. Watch out for each other and you’ll find your trusted relationships deepening. Even when we don’t get where we want to go physically, the highest and most fulfilling goal of all is deep and genuine relationships with God and one another. Michael and I had many wonderful hours of quiet conversation and enjoyment of the surrounding beauty as well as the miles of slogging through the mud under our heavy packs on the hike out!
Live the Adventure!