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Colorado 14ers: Getting Acclimated

Today. Today is my day.

The video I am releasing today is about the preparation for one of my long time goals, climbing the Grand Teton. But today is about so much more. Today I begin the climb up a mountain – a mountain which I first laid eyes upon two years ago. Basking in a fiery sunrise, it reminded me that happiness wasn’t lost, and changed my life forever.

Okay, I know I am making this sound a bit dramatic. But the truth is that, for me – it is. While an admirable peak, the Grand Teton is by no means an impossible feat. In fact for many, it is a walk in the park. There are some who could literally run to the summit and back in a matter of hours. But this is not me. I consider myself to be a rather uniquely average individual with goals heavier than I can carry. Just like everyone else.

And so to accomplish this goal I began planning. I planned to lose weight. I planned to get in shape. I planned to be able to run a marathon by now. But I didn’t, and I can’t. I was struck with the similarity to the time in my life just before I moved to the road full time. It was a dream I wanted so badly but was clouded by so many excuses. That was all the reminder I needed to throw the excuses out the window and stop waiting.

And so, today is my day.


Before we even begin the ascent, my deepest gratitude goes out to Kendrick Callaway. Whether or not we make it to the summit, I wouldn’t stand a chance without his support and guidance. Thank you for the courage to do this, and for your patience to get me to a place so near to my heart.

So while I huff and puff to the top of this big rock – please enjoy this video blog!


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