Summit/Smartphone: MB Nebel
"Dani, Lindsey and I traveled to Yosemite for the first time this Spring to run a half marathon. Our time to explore the park was limited and we wanted to make the most of it, so after getting up at 4.30 AM on Saturday to race, we got up at 2.30 AM on Sunday to drive to Yosemite Valley Trailhead parking lot to hike to Cloud's Rest. When we made it to the Mist Trail, it was still dark. The mist was cool, and I was grateful for that because the trail was kind of steep. But it also meant that everything was wet, which was kind of terrifying. The only thing we could hear at that point was the rushing water, and we were so worried about possibly encountering a bear, that we freaked out when we came across our first deer. After the sun rose, we kept hearing this odd sound that we couldn't quite place, kind of like when you blow across a bottle top. Around 9.30, we made it to a false summit about a mile from Cloud's Rest. Half of our water was gone, our legs were done, and once we heard it was snowing at the summit, we decided to settle for the view from 'Dani's Rest' (pictured here). Some day, I'd like to make it all the way to the peak, but it was a day I'll always remember even though we didn't."