Keep Pushing


I recently completed my first fourteener. For those of you who don’t know, a fourteener is a mountain peak with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet (4267 meters). I decided to try Quandary Peak because it’s supposed to be a good “first” fourteener to climb. I started the climb around 6 am. The first 30 minutes or so was all woods, but quickly moved above the tree line. There was really no warm-up. It was steep right from the start and went back and forth a lot from gradual and steep incline.

The trail then turned from dirt to loose rock and that’s when things a lot more difficult. You had to pay attention to almost every step you were taking and keep your balance. When the summit came into view, I remember thinking “am I really supposed to climb straight up that thing?!” It looked like a bunch of ants climbing up the mountain.

The last couple of hours required a lot of determination and mental strength. Everyone on the trail said the “the view from the top is worth it, keep pushing!”

After about 13,000 feet I started to feel the altitude. I just kept pushing and took breaks when needed. Taking a few deep breaths helps so much.

And after about 3 ½ hours, I made it to the summit! I gained about 3,400’ elevation in just over 3 miles, but got rewarded with some views I will never forgot. It was worth every step.

This was by far one of the most physically challenging things I have ever done.

There’s always another mountain to climb

Mountains can be tricky.  You may think you have reached the top, but there is always another mountain to climb.

Take a deep breath

As a business owner, it’s easy to get caught up in doing everything and not focusing on what’s important. Sometimes you just need to step back and take a breath and ensure you can continue with the right mind set and be at your maximum strength.

Persistence is Key

With any goal you set, you must be persistent and keep pushing through the obstacles to reach the summit. Every step you take towards your goal will be worth the reward at the end.