Yesterday was a successful event! I had no idea really how long it was gong to take me and when I started I surprised myself. It took me about 15 to 16 minutes to climb 69 floors of the tallest skyscraper in the city and on the west coast!
I had never been to the Columbia Tower before (same nunber of steps as the Sears tower in Chicago). I envisioned a big wide scary stairway with lots of people pushing and shoving their way to the top. There were quite a few (maybe 50?) that had the same start time as me but they formed a line and released us in pairs or groups of 3 at time intervals spaced apart.
To my delight, the stairway was the most ideal stairway I could have imagined! It was narrow enough that I could easily put both hands on the hand rails on either side and I had enough room to pass people and hang on to the left side hand rail.
The experience was so thrilling! I never wanted to stop (except I had to a couple of times to take a drink of water).
I was additionally elated to discover that my mentor from the marathon was at the event and to also meet and shake hands with Phil and Susan Eshler who are the first couple in history to climb the 7 highest peaks in the world!
Ok. LOL Enough of my babble already! Thanks for all the good wishes. They really motivated me!
Attached are photos of me taken by another participant (Laura Cunningham) at the top of the Columbia Tower. Puget Sound and the Seattle harbor can be seen in the background. It was too cloudy of a day to see Mt. Rainier and the Cascade mountains but in the one photo you can see a peak of the Olympic Mountains beyond the waters of Puget Sound.
Enjoy and have a great week!