I started by going the wrong way. I was alone at 2am. I turned to look at the woods my headlamp reflected 4 sets of big eyes; my biggest fear. I started yelling but all they did was slowly follow me through the trees. Its bear country after all. So i turned my speaker on, grabbed my bear spray, adrenaline pumping i picked up pace. Bright jeep lights appeared behind me in the distance. Thank god i thought. They ended up driving the other direction. Fuck i said out loud and ended up back tracking 2 hours to the right trail. The eyes were gone, and I was pushing my time limit. Because of this when i got to conundrum peak and turned around the big rain cloud behind castle peak was moving in fast. .
This guy and i started running. We had to descend to the lake and fast. A rock gave out under me and i started sliding down the side of the mountain. Picking up speed i hit rocks at the bottom, there was no time for pain. I kept running through the snow slipping everywhere, exhausted, and in pain. I stopped to breath and blue flashes started popping followed by deafening thunder i jumped behind a rock. It started to down pour, the guy infront of me looking back to make sure i was ok witnessed the lightning strike the peak we were just on. The flash was so bright i couldnt see for a few seconds. I was fucking terrified. You would think, in a dangerous situation you would do whatever it takes to get away.
Exhaustion kicks in and you start questioning if you are going to make it off. The anxiety kicks in and all you can do is get pummeled with rain, then hail, and snow. I remembered the blue flashes stopped for a few seconds and i started running again to catch up to the other guy and all you could smell was burning rock. I jumped onto the snow and started glissading down the slopes. When you pick up speed even on snow and hit a bump its probably the most uncomfortable feeling in the world and it hurts. For the next 3 hours we were jogging soaked and freezing down the side of a jeep trail. We made it. We shook hands and went on our way.