My Big Announcement
Last week I did an interview at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut that will air on the main ESPN station today April 5th at 7pm EST/4pm PST. After the interview was recorded I posted something on my Facebook page that mentioned a “big announcement” …. It’s going to be out there for the world to see in a couple hours, so I thought I’d go ahead and make it official with an announcement here…
Drum roll please . . . 😉
Sometime early next year I’ll be standing on the summit of Mt. Aconcagua! At 22,840 ft. it stands as the highest mountain in South America and this will be my second of the 7 summits, which are the highest peaks on each continent. I’m not sure
There is absolutely no way I could have summited Mt. Kilimanjaro without the amazing support team I had. From my friends Kevin & Kristen of the K2 Adventure Foundation who guided and helped organize the climb, to Barb, Brett, Owen and Sam who helped me construct my gear just a few months before we left for the mountain, our videographers Takashi Doscher & David Pergolini, our veteran representatives Sandra Ambotaite and Chris Hadsall, my friends Joey & Geneva helping zip up my coats 19,000 times while carrying my water bottles, and the many, many late night vision sessions with my friend Dan Adams who co-created the dream with me.
And for every single one of you who helped by volunteering your time, money, and hearts by sharing your encouragement — I have not had the opportunity to thank all of you personally, but please know I am forever grateful! Without your help, I never would’ve gotten to experience the incredible journey that Kilimanjaro ended up being.
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro was the most physically and mentally challenging thing I’ve ever pushed through.And I have no doubt that Mt. Aconcagua will present just as daunting a challenge, if not much more. However, for the sake of the people who love and care about me, I promise you this: I will take my preparation for this even more seriously than Kilimanjaro. As a team, we’ve learned so much from the last climb and we’ll be able to apply all the learnings towards making this next venture even more successful.
I can’t wait to get started working towards making this trip a success and I am so thankful for a community of strong support. We all need to be inspired and your messages keep me going whenever I even think about giving up.
Love you all and thank you,