The Last Climb of Mountainstroh

10 years ago this month, I started on a new stage in life, I became a cyclist. For the 13 years prior, I did my damnedest to be a mountain climber, and summit Mt Rainier. Over the 13 times, I tried 4 times to reach the top. Hence the name Mountainstroh. Sadly, no matter how hard I trained, this body of mine shuts down at 12,000 feet. Since Rainier is 14,410, that left me a wee bit short.

I can hear some of you thinking (you are LOUD thinkers!) “You have told this story MANY times! Why do it again?”

Well this week, Michelle found a thumb drive I thought I had lost, and on it were all my photos from that climb! Some, honestly, I didn’t know I had. So, sit back, and let me regale you with a bit more detail, and a LOT more photos, about my last climb… Continue reading “The Last Climb of Mountainstroh”

Advice for the Adventurer?

I am sure those of you who read this blog even on a semi-regular basis have come to the conclusion that I am cold and callous, shoot maybe even approaching the level of curmudgeon.  Yep, can’t you picture this face opening the door and telling kids to “Get the hell off my lawn!”

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Normally at work, I try to hunker down and get stuff done.  Ear buds in, ignoring the world.  One of the things I try not to do is give advice on what people should or should not do as far as exercise and advneture.  Ever since I told Michelle that Mt St Helens was easy, I try avoiding conversations like that. 

Which is why today was strange, I ended up giving advice and reassuring three different ladies… Continue reading “Advice for the Adventurer?”