Peaking with YoGoGuys
INTERVIEW BY DEBBY SIEGEL
YoGoGirls Silliness Supplier, Photo Stylist and Editor
An avid cyclist, triathlete and yogi, Sam set out on a new challenge this past year… climbing to the top of the alpine giant, Mount Rainier. He accomplished this tremendous goal in October. At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the highest volcano and largest glaciated mountain in the contiguous U.S.
I could tell you all about the various details of the actual climb, but I think his personal growth journey as a result of accomplishing his mission is where the story is at. Here’s Sam’s journey…
I spent six months training, pretty intensely with yoga, running, cycling, triathlons, and hiking, sometimes with weight packs and an oxygen deprivation mask.
I know, I have seen this guy in a few triathlons and long distance cycling events. He’s a motivator in spandex, just saying.
I wanted to push the limits of what I think my body and mind are capable of. Plus, I have a severely underdeveloped sense of fear, and I enjoy exploring those boundaries as well.
Um, severely underdeveloped sense of fear? YES! This is making more sense now…
His Peak Understanding:
It was one of the hardest physical things I have ever done, three days of walking up hill (very few switchbacks), through newly fallen snow, between crevasses, and in the dark freezing wind on the last day.
The sense of satisfaction one gets from pushing past the voices of doubt and despair in your own head to reach a literal milestone like the top of a mountain is an unbelievable feeling! It’s why I plan on doing a bunch more.
Plus I always underestimate how humbling it is to being in the great wild places on this earth. We are each too often under the impression that the world revolves around us, and finding myself amongst the immensity of nature reminds me how wrong that is!
To push your limits and grasp that reward – reach that pinnacle – that’s what YoGoGirls is all about. We are so grateful to report stories of this nature. If you’d like to tell us your story, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see more YoGoGuys, follow our new Instagram feed: @yogoguys.
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