We took it easy the night before the hike and were blessed with perfect weather.
After a cold night of anxiously tossing and turning we awoke at 5:00 am sharp and began hiking in the dark. It was a cold morning and the oatmeal that I scarfed down was not sitting very well in my belly.
About half way up the mountain my stomach had settled and I was good to go. As you can see it was a very steep hike.
There is one part of the hike called "chicken out ridge" that was quite interesting. Luckily we all made it safely through with no injuries or deaths.
As we approached the final ascent it appeared to be completely vertical which would be tough to do without ropes.
We took a quick break and soaked up the amazing view before continuing to the top.
5,200 feet in elevation gain later and we were at the top. It felt so good and was definitely worth it.