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Struggling to absorb enough oxygen from thin air, it’s a labor to walk 20 feet. The steep broken rocks that loom above look like teeth, and I imagine myself falling away from the narrow trail and tumbling down to hungry stone faces below. With a firm grip on trekking poles for balance, I pause and contemplate turning around to return to the forgiving embrace of a warm, soft bed when a voice above shouts encouragement. Taking a deep breath, I forge forward, knowing that pride may have to haul me up the last thousand feet or so.