theme from the bottom to the top: Mt. Whitney

Returning from a whirlwind of a month is like waking from a lucid dream where I was crowned a princess and walked on the moon. Life will never be the way it was.

I spent the first part of July photographing a faith-based group from Wisconsin building houses in Monterrey, Honduras. As that’s the larger of my two trips, I’ll be sifting through the 5000 images over the next few weeks editing them into a few different stories for sharing and publication.

On the flip side, I’ve just returned from hiking up and down a mountain with a few of my very closest friends and boyfriend, Zeta. Last November a few of us dreamed a dream called Mt. Whitney…the largest tallest peak in the lower 48 states…a mere 14,498 feet into the atmosphere. Our goal was to raise money for a local organization called Bay Area Wilderness Training that helps train and equip adults to get at risk youth into the wilderness. To date, we have raised over $3000!!!!!

We received support in leaps and bounds and were able miraculously to get all 12 individuals Up and Down the mountain. Each moment held a new and wonderful experience. Each step required the determination for the next one. And every view and vantage point from the bottom to the top and top to the bottom only got better creating miles of memories that will last a lifetime. The view from the top is only as breathtaking as every ounce of sweat dropped to get there. That journey began in November. Summitting with Zeta to a choir of my loved ones in congratulations enraptured in arms of love was one of those moments that they say…take your breath away. Incredible. The view from the summit was just the cherry on top of an already most delicious cake.

Thanks to all who supported in your many ways. And thanks to Liz and Martha for being my personal rockstars throughout this whole process. Love love LOVE.

elizabeth and the mountain

moon-set at 13,500 feet

team whitney at 14,598 feet

sun plant & moon mountain

dinner at trailcamp (12,000 feet)

sunrise somewhere between 13500 and 14500 feet.

happy dry decending and full of "vinegar and rum" says a passerbyer.

the morning after

top to bottom

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2 comments

admin - August 20, 2010 - 6:03 pm

aw. thanks sherrie. amazing journey indeed. but hardly easy. Photos from honduras on the way…slowly but surely.

Sherrie - August 19, 2010 - 8:35 am

Amazing journey, amazing photos. You make mountain climbing seem not so impossible. :) I look forward to seeing your photos from Honduras! (and am trying to get used to you with long hair)

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