The View from the Top

by Steven Hannah, Col USAF (Ret.)

There's no experience in the world quite like standing on the top of a 14,000-foot peak! After climbing over boulders, following dim trails, and finally reaching the summit, it's incredible to soak in that breathtaking view of God's glorious creation.

Last summer I participated for the first time in Rocky Mountain High (RMH) at Spring Canyon in Colorado. What a rush!

Since I'm not in my twenties anymore, I was a little bit anxious about my physical abilities. And while climbing a 14,000-foot peak is physically challenging and quite a workout, I was delighted to discover it wasn't that tough. The guides' encouragement was more than enough to keep me motivated.

On day one we tackled the vertical wall climb, mine field, and low rope exercises -- both with and without blindfolds. In addition to being great fun, they helped us with team building.

The following day we climbed up steep rock walls and rappelled down even steeper cliffs. What an adventure -- exhilarating and exhausting. Once you've rappelled down an 80-foot vertical cliff, you feel like you can do anything.

Next we conquered Mount Yale -- one of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks. We took three days for this trek to allow time for exploring the beauty of God's creation, meditating on God's glory, and sharing our spiritual journeys along the way.

The highlights of the trip for me were the devotions and Bible studies around the campfire each night.

The final day was just for fun and relaxation -- if rafting down white water rapids can be called relaxing! The beauty was out-of-this-world, and the fresh water in our faces was invigorating. We got a great view of the Royal Gorge -- from the bottom looking up.

My RMH adventure was fun, exciting, and took place in stunningly beautiful scenery. But much more than that, it was a close-up encounter with God and a great time with fellow Christians. I met God on the mountaintop. Will you?

There is room for you at one of the RMH weeks this summer -- including the first-ever RMH for couples! Find more information about dates, programs, and scholarships or tap into the RMH blog -- and make plans to meet God on the mountaintop this summer!