So long desert my old friend, I’ve come to climb the mountains. 🏔

By Amanda

Be still my heart.

This. This is what I have been waiting for.

Short update: The last update was from Tehachapi, CA. We had 140 Miles to go until Kennedy Meadows, which is the official switch from desert to mountains. We took two zero days there to relax and prepare our weary bodies and minds.

Then it began. We headed off to the Sierra Nevada mountains beginning at 6,427 ft of elevation knowing that in just a few days I would be standing atop the tallest mountain in the continental US (Mt. Whitney 14,505 ft).


As silly as it may seem to some people, just sitting here writing this blog thinking about the last couple of days has me feeling emotional. This last stretch has been some of the hardest and best days of my life.

After working so hard for 700 Miles in the desert I have been given the most breathtaking reward.

For me it started with water. All of a sudden there was water, everywhere. Then the rocks, and the trees. We left sagebrush and Joshua trees behind and traded them for Sequoia and pine trees. The lizards disappeared and now marmots watch me and scan for any crumbs I leave behind. As we kept climbing and huffing up beneath the trees, I had no idea what was in store.

Then out of nowhere like a dream we arrived to this.

It only got better from there. In the following days we would walk through countless high alpine meadows, lakes, snow fields, climb Mt Whitney, go over THREE high mountain passes that looked impossible like this one below. All while carrying everything we need on our backs.

What a ride it has been. I’m ready to get back out there and do and see more. Bring it on!

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