Today’s topic, 5 Ways to Discover our Potential (and Mister Myogi), comes from my friend Jeff over at Missouri Howell Blog. Earlier this week I asked for some topic ideas on my Facebook page for today’s post and Jeff suggested “discovering potential.” As part of that request I said that whoever submitted a topic idea that I chose to write about would win a #makeadventure t-shirt. So Jeff just won a t-shirt and all he did was submit a blog post idea on my Facebook page. I’ll probably do this type of things again so be sure to “like” my Facebook page and follow along for different giveaways.
We all have within us potential. Potential is not a unique characteristic given to a chosen few, but a universal attribute held by Continue reading
You may notice that things are looking a bit different. Well, the secret is out, I am currently in the process of totally revamping my blog. I will still be discussing all of the same #makeadventure topics: backpacking, alpine climbing, running, charity work, and gear reviews (I’ve got a lot of those coming soon actually), but the overall look and feel of my blog will be going through a major overhaul. So for the time being; caution: construction zone! Continue reading
I have had the chance of taking some amazing trips. I have compiled a short list of my Top 10 Most Memorable Trips. I realize I haven’t lived the dirtbag life in a van for months or backpacked Europe as part of a coming of age life event, but what I have done I have enjoyed beyond measure. I am constantly planning future trips and look forward to sharing my love of the outdoors and travel with Paityn and her future siblings.
This trip doesn’t really make the list because Continue reading
After toiling upwards in the wind and dropping temperature we reached the point at where we were to depart from climbing the ridge of Diamond Peak and begin our descent back to the park road. Following the ridge with my eyes I realized we were within just a couple hundred vertical feet from the summit and I now wanted to add a third peak to our list; Diamond Peak. I looked down at Andrew, not far behind me. The snow was swirling around him in the wind and his figure was turning evermore into a silhouette in the fading light. The conditions were Continue reading
Below is the first part of our Climb for Change: Two Peaks, Two Days, Two Beards trip report. I have divided the trip up into two different parts for length and dramatization of course. Although Andrew and I have conquered our mountains to climb that does not mean we have stopped accepting donations. We will be accepting donations for 2 more weeks as we work to wrap up the climb through this blog and other news media outlets. We appreciate any amount your could donate in support of our campaign on behalf of Peak 7 Adventures; our goal is truly within reach.
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Leaving my house last Friday morning at 3:30am it was a cold dark night, but I was effervescent at the thought of finally beginning our climb. I picked up Andrew and the two of us headed to Lassen Volcanic National Park, we had mountains to climb and we were excited to begin the long awaited adventure in support of Peak 7 Adventures. We stopped for some McDonald’s breakfast in Red Bluff, bought some forgotten batteries at the only store open that early and then headed out on highway 36. As we neared the park the sun began to softly light up the world and Continue reading
With just two days before Andrew and I head to the land of ice and snow that is Lassen Volcanic National Park I have been busy working on all of the Climb for Change: Two Peaks, Two Days, Two Beards final details. I wanted to give you guys a look at the route we’ll be taking, our basic schedule and most of the gear I’ll have along as well. Also, If you haven’t yet donated to the cause and Peak 7 Adventures, please take a second to do so; any amount donated makes a difference!
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Our route is pretty straight forward. First climb Brokeoff Mountain (7.6 mile RT) then follow the snow covered park road 9 miles in. We will then camp at the Lassen Peak Trailhead for the night before Continue reading
With just four days until Andrew and I take to the mountain to climb for change it is beginning to feel like it is truly time to climb. The “Climb for Change: Two Peaks, Two Days, Two Beards” campaign started as an idea to climb a couple of peaks which morphed into an opportunity to do good. Over the past year of planning, and the last couple of months of running the fundraising campaign, it has felt as though the day would never come. Yet here we are, staring at Friday right on the horizon with the weight of the whole campaign centered on our backs for two long days. We couldn’t be more excited!
With a final blog post before the climb I wanted to take a few moments to recap on a few things and hopefully give you some insights into the campaign and climb. With just a few days left my mind is somewhat all over the place working on all of the final details so this post will most likely be a good expression of my overall thoughts.
My Hectic Life
I can’t imagine running for political office for months and months, traveling, speaking and doing everything else a campaign requires. I now understand a bit better the complexities, dedication and drive it takes to run any large scale campaign. Just raising $5,000 has been time consuming and difficult, but Continue reading
I could feel the heat like pin pricks rising into my cheeks, my embarrassment obviously visible. The cute old ladies next to us in “The Park” breakfast cafe had seen what I had planned on being a subtle move. Their smiles and excited whispering made it apparent that my private question had caught their attention as well. I shouldn’t have been embarrassed, but there I was, happiest dude in the room with a bright red face. I shouldn’t have cared too much, she had said yes and that was the most important part. Her smile was infectious as we both sat their without speaking. She knew it was coming at some point, but she hadn’t anticipated that I would ask her to marry me over breakfast Continue reading
If you have been following our “Climb for Change: Two Peaks, Two Days, Two Beards” campaign you may have already noticed the big news; we met and exceeded our fundraising goal of $3,250 last Friday! The support we have received has been amazing and to have reached our goal weeks ahead of schedule is truly amazing, we cannot thank you enough for your support. The money raised will go directly to helping Peak 7 Adventures reach and support more at-risk and under-served youth through the awesome outdoor adventure programs that Peak 7 offers (i.e. rock climbing, whitewater rafting and alpine climbing). We have been so overwhelmed by the support we have received that we wanted to find a way to give a little back to you, the donor and supporter, while relaunching with a new goal.
Because we have met our goal so quickly we have decided to relaunch with a new goal that would allow us to continue to receive donations and support Peak 7 Adventures even more than we had originally anticipated and hoped for. That being said, I’m am excited to share that our “Climb for Change: Two Peaks, Two Days, Two Beards” relaunch goal is $5,000! We hope that those of you who have not yet made a donation will be able to support the campaign and welcome any help you can provide.
Along with a new goal we also wanted to add some pretty rad prizes as a way of saying thanks Continue reading
The “#makeadventure giveway” started last week on this blog using Instagram as the format for sharing, and over that week there were hundreds of incredible submissions. I started the #makeadventure tag on Instagram about 3 months ago and since that time the tag has grown exponentially. This giveaway came as a response to that overwhelming support and as a way for me to express appreciation for your support. #makeadventure is about living; it’s about taking the negative things we face everyday and seeing them as adventures to be had rather than burdens to endure (check out my #makeadventure post or my “About” page for more information). The tag on Instagram is a combination of that type of positive outlook with outdoor adventure. It represents perfectly what #makeadventure stands for through photos, so thank you all for being a part of the community. It is a community I hope to see grow and an idea that I hope is perpetuated in your lives as well as mine.
Okay, now onto the actual winners of the competition! I really wish I had a few hundred shirts to giveaway because you all submitted such amazing photos, but three will have to do for this go around. Hopefully I can do more of the same in the future!
Dan Marmo – @dan_marmo
Morgan Bridge – @mobridge5
Terry Priest – @priestoso
Once again, big thanks to everyone who participated. I can’t wait to see how you all continue to add to the #makeadventure community and help mold it into a worldwide group of individuals with a communal passion for life and the outdoors.
*** Instructions for Winners: Please use the contact form above in the menu to provide me with your t-shirt size (these are slim fit style), your shipping address, and any other comments or shipping directions.