Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mt. Healy, Denali National Park

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. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Summer 2014 Adventures

Adventure beckoned. The summer of 2014 has been filled with a diverse array of adventures, from camping, hiking, climbing, running, exploring, biking, family outings, and road trips. Thank you God!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Thompson Pass

Adventure beckoned. My son, Jason, and I were blessed with a 70 degree day in Thompson Pass, near Valdez, AK. The weather, views, serenity, and vastness made our hike together memorable. I find it deeply rewarding and fulfilling to spend time in the mountains with my children. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013


Adventure beckoned. Resurrection in the mountains--thank you!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Wolverine Peak

Adventure beckoned. My wife and I took advantage of another fantastic day in Anchorage with a hike up Wolverine Peak. This was my wife's first time up the mountain--and hopefully not her last! I loved being with her today in the backcountry. We had an adventurous seven hour day. Thanks Isty!