Daren Wendell took the first step of the 8 million he would take over the next 364 days across the U.S. He owned nothing, weight melted off him until he was almost skeletal. What was he so determined to get to? That’s the funny thing. Even he didn’t know until the end.
After exploring the deserts of Joshua Tree, Summit Adventure groups experience a different adventure. At first Skid Row can seem just as impenetrable as a granite boulder, but after a few hours, intimidation is replaced with opportunities to connect with the “wild life” that makes up L.A.
Everything that I loved about the wilderness were so far failing to make an impression on Brianna, a twelve-year-old girl from one of the roughest parts of Spokane. Through all of these conversations, I was forced to think about the Gospel in light of their lives, where addictions, abuse, and absent parents make life seem hopeless.
We’re at the bottom of the infamous Canaletta leading up to the highest peak on earth outside of the Himalayas. I’m exhausted, almost out of water, and can’t seem to make my legs do what I want them to. Everyone is starting to prepare for the final push. I’m trying to imagine just standing up.
My melancholy mood moves toward delight as these rocks summon more than memories of physical challenges. They remind me of struggles that evoke a change of mind and a renovation of the heart. On these metamorphic outcroppings God has taught me many lessons about His life-giving grace.
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Lightning in the clouds reveals the unfolding drama as we battle darkness, fatigue, and altitude. After climbing the first thousand feet, we approach the glacier: nothing but sheer ice for the rest of the way, time for crampons, ice axes, and rope teams. Our group splits into five guided rope teams, each hoping to summit this extinct volcano.
"Slow down," I heard it quite clearly, though no one was around, "now is not the time to get hurt." The words reverberated inside my head before careening off into the thin night air. Not exactly an out of body experience, but my head swam, my heart pounded, and the little voice became more emphatic. "Be sure of every step."
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