Angels Landing & Our New Friend

Angels Landing is not recommended for anyone afraid of heights. Six people have died on this hike. For the first 2 miles, you wonder why. The trail is wide and well maintained – even paved in a lot of parts – with a slow incline. And there are fun little slots and caves to explore. But Angels Landing is actually only the last 1/2 mile of the hike. And that’s when you get it.

We thought this was it, but see the narrow ridge off to the left? Yeaaahh.

After a series of 21 tight and steep switchbacks, you start to see it. And right before the actual Angels Landing started is where we bumped into our friend Brooks that we had met at our campsite the day before.

We stopped and took pictures of the monolith ahead and the valley below and found out a little more about Brooks.

He’s a great guy with a big heart and a very cool job. He’s a fundraiser for National Camps for the Blind. He gets to be apart of camps that take blind children down zip-lines, tubing behind boats and other adventures they might normally never experience. He has to do some traveling and is sure to drop in a hike or two here and there.

As we continue on, the ridge narrows into a sort of rock fin with drop-offs on both sides. There are parts that are only 12-18 inches wide.

It gets so steep that chains are bolted in to help you climb to the top. Eek!

We saw a woman come down from the landing who must have not known she was afraid of heights. Her body almost shut down not able to move on her own. She went down really slowly with people assisting her. This is not what you want to see at this point. You just keep telling yourself that your fine so you’ll remain calm.

But then you get to the top with a great feeling of accomplishment and see spectacular views.

After a long day, we settled in for a deep night’s sleep.