What Drives You To The Mountains?

We all go to the mountains for different reasons. Whether you’re seeking a spiritual connection, trying to stay in shape, coping with the stresses of every day life, escaping your mundane desk job, recovering from a physical or mental injury, seeking adventure, or simply just want to push yourself to the physical limits to dig deep and see what you’re made of. Whether you’re ice climbing, hiking, running, snow shoeing, skiing, or just sight seeing from the windows of your car. Something inside is motivating you to do these things… But what is it?

My Motivation – Adventure!

My dad and I at the Flume Gorge. Probably taken around 1987ish

When I was a kid my family would vacation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire every summer. I vividly remember the first time I set foot on top of Cannon Mountain. We had taken the tramway to the top of the 4,081 foot mountain… Sure, we cheated. That didn’t take away from how amazing the view was. At the time I didn’t even know what mountains I was looking at. I just knew that I wanted to see more of them! I looked over at Franconia Ridge in the distance and thought to myself “I want to go up there!“. The feeling of adventure just thinking about standing on top of a big mountain like Mt. Lafayette was overwhelming!

 

On Mt Washington with my son

Today, life is a lot more complicated. I’m married and have two boys of my own, a dog, a high demand job, and a house to take care of. There’s a lot going on! I’m lucky that my family supports me and I can still find the time to go to the mountains. My core motivation remains the same. I still get that very same overwhelming feeling of adventure when I’m in the mountains. It draws me in. It doesn’t matter if I’m vacationing with my family, pushing myself on a long trail run, ice climbing, hiking, or just driving by on I-93N. That inner voice saying “I want to go up there!” is still running through my head and it’s louder than ever. I hope I can inspire my kids to have the same love for adventure in the mountains as they get older.

 

Climbing on Mount Willard trying to “go up there”

 

What about YOU? What drives you to the mountains? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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2 Comments

  • Steve Cooper

    January 26, 2017 at 12:16 am

    The sense of adventure, the physical challenge, and the natural beauty. Hiking in the Whites gets me out of the small world that is inside of my skull. Also, I love any wide open secluded space- mountain, beach, island, desert.

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  • David Lottmann

    January 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Franconia Notch was also an early player in my life long love of the mountains. My grandparents still live 15 minutes south and I spent winter weekends crammed in their old farm-house with dozens of aunts, uncles, and cousins while we skied at Campton Ski Mountain and occasionally Cannon. It really is once of most beautiful places in the country and definitely in the East!

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