Earth - Allie Kelley
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Why do we climb mountains? To feel closer to nature, to clear our minds, to tap into our sense of exploration and discovery, the list goes on. I love the ruggedness of a technical trail, one that keeps me alert and focused on each and every step. You can't look too far ahead and overwhelm yourself with the distance and difficulties remaining, because each step becomes a crucial decision for how your body will handle the trail. My favorite hikes, such as this one here, have views the entire way, which is why Hawaii's ridgelines are so rewarding. After hiking for several hours to arrive at this point, I saw connections in the trail system that I didn't know existed and formed plans with new friends to test our limits on another day in these mountains.