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The whole trip we planned on trying to see the #sunrise at the Mirador Base Las Torres. The sun paints the Torres for only a short period each day. We left at 2:20am in order to make it up. There was a large elevation gain and as we climbed, it began to snow on us. I have to say, it was pretty bad ass to be hiking up the side of a mountain by only our headlamps through the falling snow. We made it to the base before sunrise...and they were covered in clouds. We waited around and it got colder and colder, with no signs of the clouds moving. Someone did propose to his girlfriend while waiting for the sun - fun fact, he was in a blue jacket and an hour later people came up to congratulate me as I was (standing alone) wearing a similar blue jacket. We had to catch our ride out of the park and still had to hike 7-9km down to our bus, so some turned around. I had in my head that I wasn’t going to see the pillars clear, but being stubborn I decided to stay after everyone left. I waited an additional 45 minutes alone in the cold and the clouds slowly started to move. Right as I was doing the mental math of how fast I would have to make it back to camp, the clouds suddenly parted JUST as the sun peaked through, lighting the Torres and giving me the shot I had dreamed about. Barely containing my excitement, I snapped my shots, took some pictures of an equally excited couple from Colorado Springs, then proceeded to haul ass down the mountain, making it back to camp with time to spare. Easily my favorite experience of the entire trip.