My friend Steven Foreman just finished my new showreel. I’m super pleased with how it turned out. I wanted to give a more intimate view of my personality and perspective and Steven nailed it.
If you have thought about bringing me in to speak for your event, now is the time to do it. I have cut my available speaking dates in half this year. It is part of an intentional strategy to stay closer to home and continue to build community and put my core values into action. I will only be engaging in a handful of international and out of state events the remainder of this year, let’s connect directly to discuss your specific needs.
Adventure and routine? Seems an unlikely combination.
Adventure doesn’t come easy. It can’t be bought or prepackaged and delivered. Adventure demands full engagement and all the trials and tribulations that come with it; there is a cost. For those willing to fully engage, the cost of admission is worth every dollar, the sweat equity, and the mental and emotional challenge.
The key to reaching your High Endeavor goals is sustainability. How do you sustain the vision and keep your eye on the prize when you are tested and ‘tolerance for adversity’ feels like a platitude? The answer is simple, yet the application of this simple answer is a lifetime of work: routines. [Read more…]
Ernest Hemmingway said “What is true at first light is a lie by noon”. There is no map, no specific path, and no series of steps that will deliver your highest endeavors. Success is never a guarantee but rather a culmination of hard work, determination, and a willingness to climb mountains that others have not.
Unclimbed mountains are the ultimate challenge fraught with uncertainty and risk while demanding courage and a focused, clear mind. Yet, rewards of a first ascent of a mountain are the most satisfying and incredible experiences we can have in the mountains. [Read more…]
The expectations are high: think quickly, but with discernment. Process gobs of information, but don’t become buried in the depth and breadth of possibility. Adapt and be agile, but develop expertise. Somewhere along the way the expectation of being human takes a secondary position. The possibility of Adventure in Everything seems, well, impossible.
“Slow down. Breathe. Take your time. We have all day…and after today we have six more days.” It was late in the afternoon, and I was coaching a guest through a technical section of our ascent. [Read more…]
Last week we had the privilege of climbing in Grand Teton National Park with five amazing individuals. Their determination, humor, tenacity, and willingness to engage adventure with full force was inspiring and energizing. It was truly amazing. We made a full force attempt to climb the Grand Teton but were met with very poor weather conditions: precipitation of every kind, high winds, and difficult snow conditions. It was tough for everyone regardless of whether you had two legs, one leg, or no legs!
Following a difficult and long 13 hour day the team rallied for a push on Cody Mountain. Five challenged athletes with three legs between them! We’ll post a full trip report shortly, but until then…thank you to the team, the amazing guide staff, and all of the individuals whose financial support made the is dream a reality. Thank you!
A few years ago National Geographic Adventure left the world of print media and went digital; it hasn’t been the same since. Thankfully though, it’s West Coast editor Steve Casimiro kept the spirit alive via his site / blog Adventure Journal.
Last week Adventure Journal featured a short, but pithy, piece by climber Andy Kirkpatrick: The Powerful Risk of the Monkey’s Call. Kirkpatrick explores the human connection necessary to survive and thrive. Whether by monkey call’s at the base of El Capitan, a text on the way home from work, or gentle touch on the shoulder at the end of a long day, we all need ‘call and response’.
“Each of us, when we make our single monkey call into the night, needs to know that it will be heard, and there will be a reply.”
Check out Kirkpatrick’s piece and consider your own call and response.
The North Cascades National Park is amazingly rugged and steep; there is no easy way in…but once you put your head down and hike for a few hours and gain a couple thousand feet of elevation the reward is amazing. This past weekend we went in to Boston Basin to climb Shark Fin Tower. It was not only a great climb with a variety of challenges (glacier travel, steep snow, and rock climbing) but the camping was out of this world; serene and quiet.
Our summer schedule is well booked out, but we do still have a handful of dates remaining in July and September for private adventures. Give us a call (520-360-1465) or email (email@example.com) to see about availability.
Have a great week!
We just returned from an outstanding week of high-altitude mountaineering in Mexico. It’s an amazing trip that immerses you in the culture of colonial Mexico and offers an accessible high-altitude training ground. The expedition utilizes a series of haciendas as base camps and high-altitude huts and high camps to ascend three volcanoes: Malinche (14,360 ft), Izta (17,160 ft), and Orizaba (18,190 ft).
During the expedition we practice the mountaineering axiom: climb high, sleep low. Our goal is for healthy and solid acclimation to the altitude. This objective gives us a chance to also experience the colonial culture of Mexico City, Puebla, and the pyramids of Teotihuacan.
Ever wanted to test yourself at altitude? Climb your highest mountain to date? Learn the art of high-altitdue mountaineering with only a week of travel and close to home? This is the expedition for you and we are psyched to offer it a couple of times per year. Only a few hours of travel and you are immersed in a high-altitude mountaineering adventure of a lifetime.
Join us this upcoming November. November 1 – 9, 2014 – Mexico Volcano Expedition Our expedition is limited to four climbers for maximum efficiency and to support your success – our focus is your summit!
We just returned from an amazing and successful expedition to the Mexico Volcanoes – trip report to follow soon. But until then, here is a look at sunrise from the summit ridge of Izta (17,200 ft) with Popo (17,800 ft) slowly erupting in the background. It was a beautiful morning – want to experience a sunrise like this? Join us November 8, 2014 when we go back!
It may be February, but today we are celebrating July and August! We just received word from the Forest Service that we have more user days allotted for Mt. Baker climbs this year. What does that mean? Simply, we can offer more program dates and private climbs – woohoo!
Interested? You can reach us via the normal channels: firstname.lastname@example.org / 520-360-1465 – see you out there!