YESTERDAY WAS SUCH A HIGHPOINT IN MY SUMMER. I made it to Static Peak Divide, some 4,000' elevation gain above the trailhead. With having to regain some altitude lost going up it was more in 15 miles RT and 9 hours. I didn't know if I was ready and could make it, but decided to try. I'm so glad I did because there was such a narrow window of opportunity with the weather and my own schedule for the next 12 days.
As soon as I got to the Divide the weather turned very nasty, very quickly and began to lightning, hail and thunder right on top of those granite mountain tops. It was terrifying and I and several other hikers had to run for our lives back down from the top. I literally jogged downhill and then had to hunker down into what I considered a safer spot on the trail to wait out the worst of the hail storm. Wet, cold and somewhat exhausted we made it back down grateful for the extreme workout and unbelievable scenery.