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Camino De Santiago

Along with a group very special friends, my brother Tim, and two Priests, we will be walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain beginning in August. Please friend me "Deacon Pat Kearns" on Facebook to follow the journey. I realize with limited internet, Facebook will be the easiest way to share the journey. I will share more on the blog when I return. I am also looking forward to using the experience in the current novel I am work on "Climbing Out of the Darkness."

Saturday, June 05, 2010

I Finally Did It! (Climbed Shasta Bally)

Although last week was suppose to be my final preparation climb before the big one, (Half Dome - Yosemite June 12th) we didn't make it to the top due to snow, and I was still feeling a little nervous about the daunting 18 miles and 5000 foot elevation gain at Half Dome that still loomed over me.

 So I grabbed my gear, and my snowshoes and thought I would attempt the climb (Shasta Bally) once more. Shasta Bally is the most difficult climb in the area. It is only 5 1/2 miles (one way), but has a relentless ascension of 4500 feet in that short distance. And to make it more difficult, at least 2 1/2 miles of the climb is in the snow.

 So off I went.

Once again the beauty of the trail was breathtaking.

The wildflowers just amaze me.

Quickly I was high above the city.

And only after 3 miles the snow was becoming deep.

However, this time is was prepared.....

I was able to travel to ease.

I reached the area that we reluctantly had to turn back at last week, but now was able to confidently climb.

It wasn't long and I was high in the sky.

And reached the Summit.

I made it, success!

The views were spectacular, but then dark clouds quickly swarmed in, so I began my decent. Climbing is easier than descending, and after many falls, in the snowshoes I chose to sit down and slide on my butt for a 1000 yards using my ski poles as a rudder and brakes...... Good thing I was wearing swimming shorts.

After 6 1/2 hours I made it back to my starting point. What a great day!
Check out my awesome day! Wish you could of joined me!

1 comment:

Victor S E Moubarak said...

CONGRATULATIONS.

Well done. What a wonderful video.

Thank you for sharing your adventure with us Deacon Pat.

I shall have a Guinness to celebrate your success tonight.

God bless you.