Honestly, I never was much of a mountain climber growing up. The thought of climbing Mount Everest was the last thing on my mind. I figured that could be someone else’s dream.
As a scout, I never really enjoyed doing the hikes. I enjoyed being outside, but instead I’d prefer playing rather than walking somewhere, only to turn around and walk back. As I’ve grown up, I can now officially say I appreciate the stillness of nature and appreciate that it even exists.
Now how does one go from this to let’s climb Mount Everest? Hold on, and I will bring it all together.
About 3 months ago, my girlfriend decided we needed to see Machu Picchu and booked us a flight. We’ve both been bitten by the travel bug since going to Thailand last December. The world is small, yet huge, and we want to see some things that will shape our experience of life while we still can.
Not only are we going to Machu Picchu, but we are taking a 4-day trek on the Salkantay Trail to get there. We are reaching an altitude of 16k feet and this started to get my mind thinking. To be honest, a little nervous thinking back to my days as a scout.
As I mentioned earlier, I have learned to grow an appreciation for nature and all it has to offer. So I’ve been exploring parts of Arizona since moving here a few years ago. I’ve been to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, hiked some of the mountains around the Valley and I can honestly say “that the beauty of nature truly does move something in my soul” in the manliest way ever.
I’ve been climbing mountains for a long time now, figuratively.
I’ve always remembered my cousin Josh, and Uncle Kirk. They would spend their vacation driving to some remote part of nature and walk into the woods Behr Grills style and survive. I always respected this but never thought of myself in this way as my younger self did.
One day it finally clicked. We were driving to Palm Springs for a Piano Guys concert and shopping at the outlets for our upcoming trip to Peru. We needed the right gear for a 4 day trek. Random time to get such an inspiration, but that seems to be how it works. Something inside me showed me a picture in my mind of how incredible of an experience it would be to actually climb to the highest point on earth and make it back alive.
I’ve been climbing mountains for a long time now, figuratively. As an entrepreneur, there are many obstacles and challenges we face building our dream. I thought setting the goal of climbing Mount Everest in a literal sense could help people wrap their minds around the journey I am on while motivating me to get myself in a physical condition to climb Everest, and have the money to invest in such an excursion. It costs anywhere from 35k to 70k to climb the mountain. Not what I would call pocket change. It’s the perfect goal.
One of my other goals is to motivate, inspire and help people develop as leaders. Part of me thinks it would be so cool to have this experience to draw from when talking to people about climbing mountains in life. I still have a long way to go, but maybe it’s not as far off into the distance as one might think.