Rainier was really about testing the water. I knew very little starting out, and I knew even less about what I wanted to find in the end. In fact, I had only rented most of the climbing equipment in case things didn’t work out. But now we had done it. So, I asked myself, “What’s next?” There was a debate inside my head, “How do you feel? Did you enjoy it? Do you want to keep pursuing this or is this the final stop?”
The answer was obvious.
Climbing Rainier was such a unique experience. Inspiration became an idea, then finally, was transformed from an idea to a reality.
“What makes it unique?” I believe a main reason is storytelling. Imagine people from all around the world who share the same interest, sitting down in some no man’s land to share everything. I mean literally everything, internal to external, from food to personal struggle. Each individual comes from a different background, and each brings his/her unique gifts to the table.
It is like developing a relationship. Somewhere along the line you will come across an amazing story. And sometimes that experience is powerful enough to create a life-long bond.
“Above the horizon, layers of color indicate it is almost dawn: orange, blue, and black. Below the horizon, there are spots of light, blinking from Mexico City. From 17,000 ft, on the summit of Iztaccihuatl, that light suddenly seems so close, yet is so far.”