As we inched up the Western Breach Route, I invested most of my limited cognitive and physical resources, rest stepping and breathing. While we were still in the shade provided by our early start, I happened to look to the left and saw the sun just beginning to touch the top of Lava Tower 2500-ft. below.
The only way to arrest the pace of our head guide was to call, “maji” (water) or “photo”. (This was also the technique, yours truly used, to grab a quick rest). At any rate, we stopped and I snapped the photograph. Like so many of the images I collected, viewing this now shows the sun-lit Shira Plateau way off in the distance and congers anew the feelings ofÂ anticipation and excitement from that awesome day.
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Alas, with the closing of the Western Breach Route this particular view will only be available in photographs for the foreseeable future.