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