Kudos to LHP’s Vice President of Asset Management Jacob Gonzalez who just returned from an adventurous vacation where he set out to achieve an amazing feat.
Last week Jacob and three hiking buddies traveled to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming with the goal of climbing the Grand Teton Summit, the highest peak in the park. The Summit is 13,770 feet above sea level, a high altitude where the lack of oxygen makes it much harder to breathe. For comparison purposes, the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River is Mt. Mitchell in North Carolina at 6,684 feet.
Jacob and his group set out backpacking the two-day climb, and they made significant progress. On day two when they were just 500 feet from the top, one of the hikers developed altitude sickness. The group made the decision to turn back and help their friend recover. Despite not reaching the summit, Jacob and his group completed a physically challenging hike of about 16 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 7,000 feet. They also got to see the beauty of the Grand Teton mountain range from spectacular viewpoints, creating great memories of a once-in-a-lifetime experience.