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What lay ahead would be grueling. Faith and Mark would hike to an elevation of nearly 15,000 feet through thick rainforest and along stark ridgelines in both tropical heat and torrential downpours. If they were lucky.
They were, after all, trekking high into the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains, considered by the indigenous Kogi people to be the beating “heart of the world.” Faith and Mark had been granted permission to hike seven hours to a remote Kogi village. But only then would it be determined if they were considered worthy of venturing any further.
For Faith, arriving at the village was like “walking into another time.” The Kogi have maintained a traditional lifestyle for centuries dating back to when their ancestors fled into the mountains at the onset of Spanish conquest. They consider this sacred land, and they its defenders.
After careful inquiry and contemplation, the mamo gave Faith and Mark his blessing to journey onward—and upward—to the sacred lakes. What followed was an epic trek covering more than 10,000 feet of elevation in three days across a range of different climates, ecosystems, and terrain.
“The Sierra Nevadas throw everything at you,” Faith said. “There’s mud, there’s rocks, it’s super steep…it was just one foot after another for hours and hours and hours.”
“This is not something that I’ll remember in 10 years,” Mark said. “This is something that I’ll remember in 50 years—and for the rest of my life.”