From Station 7 to Station 9 ––
I will let the photo gallery tell most of the story.
Two points worth noting. First, upon reaching Station 8 the sole of my left boot fell off the shoe. Desperate, I asked another climber if he had any tape? To my surprise, he offered up a small role of adhesive tape and Keiko did a great job of securing the sole back onto the shoe.
Second, reaching Station 9 and being able to see the sunrise and having the summit in view was a deeply emotional moment. I was both proud and thankful of safely reaching this point.
Keiko, Kase and I celebrated and rested, seeking renewed energy to make the final push to the summit.