A hiking party was preparing to climb the Matterhorn. One climber in the party had a kitten. The man rose early to keep his appointment with the massive peak, leaving the kitten behind in his hotel room. He and his party dressed in their hiking gear and began the ascent. They carried food, water, rope, mountaineering equipment, and emergency supplies. But something unexpected happened when they reached the peak of the mountain. Read this inspiring true story here:
After much strenuous effort, the group finally made it to the summit. They cheered and congratulated each other, joyous that they had overcome many difficulties and persevered when it seemed they could not take another step. But the feeling of triumph, of humanity conquering nature, of going where (almost) no on had gone before, was a bit dampened when they heard a pitiful mewing sound.
Apparently the kitten had become very lonely and a little confused as to why his human friend had left him at the hotel all alone. Perhaps something was the matter and he should just go see. So the kitten finally decided to try to find his friend and followed him up the trail. The kitten had climbed to the top of the 14,780 peak–without food, water, or equipment.
Adapted from Animal Angels, by Stephanie Leland (Conari Press, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 by Stephanie Leland. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from Animal Angels, by Stephanie Leland (Conari Press, 1998).