Adventure beckoned. As part of my "Denali Prep" I participated in an RMI winter expedition seminar on Mt. Rainier, March 8-13, 2015. Despite not reaching the summit due to high winds, I would categorize the experience as a success--great climbing, hands-on instruction, spectacular views, making new friends, and one step closer to a May 2016 Denali attempt. Thank you God!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Adventure beckoned. The Mexico Volcanoes were calling my name. A team of RMI climbers and I summited three volcanoes from November 8-16, 2014: La Malinche, 14,640, Ixtaccihuatl, 17,340 and El Pico de Orizaba, 18,701. It was amazing to stand on the highest point in Mexico and 3rd highest peak in North America. Unforgettable. Thank you God!
Monday, October 27, 2014
Adventure beckoned. Yesterday Todd Kasteler, Wendy Moe, Thomas Ginn, and I set our sites on a Ptarmigan Traverse. The route started on the Rabbit Creek Trail, up the SW ridge of Ptarmigan to the summit, down the North couloir, and out the Poweline Pass Trail to the Glen Alps Trailhead. Almost a 7 hour Sunday mountain adventure! It was an amazing epic with a superb group of people!
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Adventure beckoned. Almost 13 years ago, my girlfriend and I hiked up the Mt. Healy Overlook trail in Denali National Park. The "summit" was 3,425 ft. My girlfriend was Isty Alexie. We kissed, we hugged, and we took pictures. It was a great day! I looked around at the wilderness and told myself that one day I would climb the mountain that loomed way off in the distance, Mt. Healy (5,716). Well, that day came on 8/31/14. Several years ago I attempted to summit, but was deterred due to low hanging clouds around 4,500 ft. Of course, I was determined to summit and "cross this one off the list." On our recent camping trip to Denali, my wife (Isty Hlasny!) and kids took a bus ride into the park and I donned my running shoes and backpack. Finally, the weather "cooperated" enough to allow me the opportunity to access the ridge and summit. Yes! Thank you, God! My word of advise: Don't ever give up on what you want! Have a vision, set a goal, and make it happen. Amen.