A crying girl, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and a supermarket parking lot. Not exactly the elements for an epic summit. But having missed the turn-off for our hike, we were now on the wrong side of Lake George in upstate New York, eating the lunches we were supposed to be having on the peak. …

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“I can’t do this,” I said, wiping tears away from my eyes. I was standing on a rock with a palm to my hot forehead and embarrassed I was crying. Down the trail a few yards our friends were politely pretending to not notice my breakdown. “You kind of have to,” said my fiancé, apologetically. “Once …

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