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Breaking Boundaries This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Tayler M., Delafield, WI

“And the group from Wisconsin will be climbing Mt. Zion!” The cheers filled me with excitement and eagerness. ­Although I had heard shocking ­stories about being 6,000 feet up, I didn't let them get to me. I was determined, confident, and fearless.

But on day one, my hips were chafing from the 60-pound backpack, my feet were blistering from the never-worn hiking boots, and – with my stubborn attitude never wanting to show defeat – my thoughts were driving me ballistic. ­Cemented into my mind was a no-quitting, impossible-is-not-a-word attitude. But I realized that this trip would test my attitude in every way possible.

“And for lunch, we will each be getting four crackers, a piece of cheese, and a piece of sausage.

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