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I grew up in the Boston area and lived there until my junior year in high school when I attended the Mountain School, a semester program run by Milton Academy in Vershire, VT. I then attended Colby College in Waterville, ME. During my time at Colby I studied anthropology, spent a semester in Northeast India, and became fluent in Nepali. Before I became a guide I earned my black belt in kenpo karate and taught karate for 6 years. I began guiding in college on the rocky coast of ME with Acadia Mountain Guides and on ice at the International Mountain Climbing School in NH. After graduating I took to the highway and drove from ME to WA for the big mountains and glaciers. I spend my winters in lovely Ouray, CO guiding in the famous ice park. I am currently working towards becoming a certified guide through the American Mountain Guides Association. I live, work and play in the hills and on the rocks. On the rocks both literally and, well, with ice.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Something Different

"I left a lot of baggage on the summit", "that was the hardest thing I have ever done", "you find out what a person is truly made of"

The folks on on this most recent trip were mostly from Alabama, a place not exactly known for its mountainous terrain. It was a pleasure to share the challenges and triumphs of a mountain like Rainier with them.

While I think some participants were a little surprised by just how challenging Rainier could be. Everyone, it seemed, walked away in awe of the mountains and amazed by what they could accomplish as individuals with a bit of encouragement to dig deep.

For me, their are few things more gratifying than helping someone push themselves a little further than ever before and come away with a new appreciation for what they are capable of when they put their mind to it. In my experience almost anything is possible if you want it badly enough.

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