Monica Donath Kohnen
Monica Donath Kohnen accepted an invitation from her two daughters to climb the Grand Teton in the summer of 2008. The route is precipitous, and the 13,700-foot summit towers above the clouds on most days. It’s not a climb for tourists.
“I don’t think I’ve been so mentally and physically challenged for such an extended period in my life. All day, every second, you have to watch what you’re doing. At one point, I was belaying both my kids. I’d gotten myself to a little ledge, I had a line, and my kids are coming up behind me. If they were to fall, I was it.
“I don’t think I’ve ever gripped anything so tightly in my life as I was holding onto that line. I wasn’t expecting anything like that when I signed up.” more