I can’t remember the year, but it was sometime early in the 2000s, and I was going for my 3rd attempt at Mt Rainier. Having to turn around the two times prior, though necessary, was a major blow to this cowboy.
I was SURE I was going to make it the 3rd time. I trained harder and longer, read everything I could get my hands on, and mentally visualized myself on top. I had also found a quote from a mountaineer that I loved: “Summit or die, either way I win! ” I wanted to get a t-shirt made. My plan was to lie through my teeth, and do whatever it took to make it to the top.
Yeah I didn’t make it. That’s not the story here.
This weekend, I learned how much I have changed from that younger me. Continue reading “Nuthin to Prove”