First Step

WA, U.S.
June 2012


“Have you really thought this through? You know… about climbing?”

The short answer was yes. But before everything started, let’s be honest, I had no idea what it would be like and how far my life would gravitate. Starting out, there were definitely nerves and uncertainties, but there was also excitement. One thing was certain, for the very first time in my life, I felt like I had found something worth fighting for .

“It somehow resembles a religion to me. Like how people go to churches, searching for peace and spiritual enlightenment. Only up there am I able to strip away all the bullshit, and find out who I really am.”

Now looking back at my first big climb on Rainier, how little did I know… I was no doubt motivated and mentally ready. But the lack of proper training almost had me end in failure.

“That moment when we finally climbed through the clouds, and turned around. Jesus, I will never forget that sight.”

The beauty was very real, and the danger was also very real. As I looked into heaven, Nature gave me one hell of a slap in the face. I think it is safe to say that to this day, Rainier remains one of my most difficult climbs.


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