Earth - Allie Kelley
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Two Peaks

You build strength and resilience each time you go beyond the scope of your awareness. In the instance of conquering this hike, the discovery process occurred in stages. When I first hiked the first peak with a group of students and one experienced guide, the act of using a rope to summit a sheer rock face made me tremble. Increasing my anxiety, my younger brother was also visiting, and trailing behind me on this dangerous hike. The next two times I hiked it, over a year later, the rope didn't faze me at all, as my comfort with rock climbing and experience testing my abilities grew. The fourth time, I went alone, using tree branches instead of rope and scaling a new, steeper side of the cliff. Then, I snapped this shot and headed off to the second peak in the distance.

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