Inner work is our greatest work and the greatest source of strength in giving to those we love.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
I’m motivated by the desire to find my own way, not everyone else’s way for me.
When leaders are living authentically we come to know them for who they truly are and it builds trust.
This year has been filled with outdoor adventure. Topping the list are two mountaineering trips to Nepal with Red Panda Expeditions. This past spring I attempted to climb Island Peak, making it to 18,500 feet before turning back. I returned to Nepal in the fall, this time making it to the summit of Lobuche East, at 20,075 feet. The overwhelming beauty of the Himalayas, the company of great people, and the extraordinary leadership of our climbing guides were constants.
“It’s a round trip. Getting to the summit is optional, getting down is mandatory.” Ed Viesturs
Prior to our team’s accent of Lobuche East we caught news that a climber had died from altitude sickness attempting Island Peak and a second had been severely injured in a fall. The inherent risks that come with high altitude mountaineering are out of our control but how we lead and who we chose to follow can make the difference between getting down or not.
I returned to Nepal to climb again, knowing I could trust my friend and climbing guide with my life. His leadership is a great example of what I’ve seen work both in the mountains and in the workplace.