The big day and the good news is…. I MADE IT TO THE SUMMIT. I am so proud of myself for making it all the way to the top. It was a hard trek that started at midnight. On the night of the summit, we left our campsite at midnight and started hiking under the moonlight.
It was practically a full moon so it was so beautiful, but we also had our headlamps. Its a 6 hour hike to the summit from where our campsite was. Even though it was only about 2500 vertical feet, because the altitude is so high, the hiking gets very slow. Near the top, we were moving really slowly and I was having a tougher time than the other guys. But we stayed as a group and they waited for me. Once we reached the rim of the volcano, we began to see the glaciers. That was soo beautiful seeing the ancient ice forms. In order to reach the summit, you have to walk on the glaciers, so that was pretty fun. Then I saw the summit with its big welcoming sign, and I was admittedly relieved! I was sooo excited that when I got there I started crying and doing a little dance. Simultaneously :)