Packs lined up outside the Rivers End Restaurant at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Their owners inside eating a big breakfast before the big climb out of the gap.Been here. This is where we hiked to on my backpacking trip. 25 miles. It was so amazing to finally see this place that I’d been working so hard to reach, & when I finally made it, man, what an amazing feeling. Miss it.
My red and white umbrella casts a meager shadow over the path; puffs of hot dust lift from each footstep as I lengthen my stride across the flat ground. Around the next corner, I finally see the summit of Kunyang Chish East (24,278 feet), another unclimbed peak in the Karakoram Range of Pakistan.