I used to be a perfectly normal person.
Then in 1996, after working with Outside Online to stream what turned out to be the Everest tragedy described in Into Thin Air, and being extremely burned out from my high stress job at Yahoo, I decided to take time off and go to Nepal and trek out to Everest base camp in the spring of 1997.
That trip changed everything.
Once I returned from Everest, I re-prioritized my life. Besides spending more time with my family, I vowed to hit the mountains from then on whenever possible. So in the spring, of 2000, I took a 6-day mountaineering course up in Alaska with my sister Jamie. Over the past 17 years, I have traveled to all 7 continents pursuing my adventures.
Click here to see more detail of my past trips.
Unfortunately, after suffering a pulminary edema on a recent trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary, followed by a 6 month bout with c-diff/collitis, I have decided to scale back my ambitions going forward.
Now that I have fully recovered from my Annapurna trip, my plan is to get back in shape and focus on adventures closer to home for the next couple of years. I'd really like to do some more adventures with Katie, Jason and Lynda. We are talking about hiking the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, the Lost Coast and Half Dome together. We're also thinking about tackling the John Muir Trail together in 2-3 sections sometime down the line. I'm also also working on convincing them to join me for a hike of the Grand Canyon End-to-End.
Although I'm not doing much climbing these days, I'd like to finish up my goal of climbing all of the major Cascade volcanoes. I only have Mt Adams and Mt Baker left--supposedly the easy ones ;) . We'll see. Life is pretty busy these days with all these kids, and I'm a little worried about my lungs at altitude. Nothing wrong with a lttle balance though....
Click here for the scoopage of my upcoming trips.