Location: Glacier National Park, MT
Distance: 14+ miles (one way from Many Glacier to the Loop)
Elevation Gain: 3300+ feet
Highest Point: 8400 feet
Time: 7 hours
I am not one who looks for deeper meaning in things. Hiking big mountains in elements for me is simply looking for great views, probably similar to fashionable women collecting trendy handbags.
However, once in a long while, completing a trail, like Swiftcurrent Summit, would provoke within me an existential affirmation about life’s meaning and self worth.
On this blistering hot day, I set to traverse a very challenging terrain. How I accomplished this goal had little to do with the usual things that defined who I am – name, race, belief, occupation, net worth, friends or relations.
Overcoming heat and altitude, I looked down on Swiftcurrent Glacier which just hours ago hung dominant above me.
Link to video from the summit: https://youtu.be/3EoT2V44y4s
Though all downhill now, the challenge was not over. Hyperthermia lurked as I descended the bone dry inferno of the Loop trail at hottest time of the day.
Then, I was there. No external accolade awaited except a life time of visual and visceral memory and somewhere in the recess of my soul hung a plaque of contentment.