A view while climbing the mountain...notice how steep the snow is - this is what we were climbing on!
Here we are climbing - it was actually a lot steeper than it even looks in this picture. We were on hands and knees holding on to rocks to get up the final bit to the top. It was pretty scary for us considering we have never climbed a mountain before!
And this picture cracks me up...look to the left of me back in the distance...here is a man who climbed the mountain in insulated rubber rain boots and his underwear! As Theresa kept telling us, anything goes in Alaska! But I couldn't help but wonder...at what point did he decide to take his pants off during his climb? He walked all around the top without seeming to notice or care that he was in fact not wearing anything but underwear and boots. It was funny.
As I said, it was a pretty scary climb at the top. Domi and I did not want to go back down the way we came up. Theresa tried to convince us to sled down the mountain, but we weren't thrilled with that option either. Luckily, there was a back side to the mountain that was a bit less strenuous, so we went down that way. We did end up sledding down the mountain on our butts, which was a lot of fun, but that back side was a lot less steep than the front! It was a lot of fun and a fantastic start to our trip!