Joan Larsen Encore: Reaching for Heaven on Angel’s Landing

Forming The Thread

By Joan Larsen

The scariest climb

It is no secret to my friends that I absolutely live for adventure…  so yes, over the years I have done more than my share of climbing to the heights in so many places in the world.  “But what was the most difficult, the most scary, the most life-threatening hike I had attempted in our country?” a friend was asking.  A number of what I call “close calls” actually came to mind – really close calls, to be honest.  But then I thought perhaps it would be, after all, the trail called aptly ANGELS LANDING at Utah’s Zion National Park.

The Park itself is so beautiful that it makes the spirit just soar.  There is a feeling of serenity and peace – something we all need at times.  And so I tend to return.

The trail is probably the most famous trail in the…

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