Tag Archives: Climbing Mt. Denali

Perseverance Is the Only Way

Climbing at night on Denali/Mt McKinley

Climbing at night on Denali/Mt McKinley

When I decided to climb Denali, the highest mountain in North America, I knew I needed to train for more advanced mountaineering skills. I used cramp-ons and ice axes on Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe and Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. But, on Denali I was roped in from day one when we left base camp and everyday not just in certain places but all the time. I took six months of practicing skills to learn how to survive. I drove to Portland once a week to an indoor rock wall and practiced climbing; trying to get strong enough to pull myself up if I fell in a crevasse on the mountain. I also drove once a week in the winter to New Hampshire and practiced cravass rescue on slopes of ice with an experienced guide who had climbed some major summits including Everest. Continue reading

Memories Lead to Writing

The Sahara Marathon     Algeria

The Sahara Marathon Algeria

Most of the events in my book took place within a year’s time. One mountain I climbed the year before and Mt. Elbrus a year after my marathons on every continent. Mt. Denali I climbed the year after that, but even though I was very busy accomplishing my goals there is so much more that happens in a typical lifetime. I love to read and I become emotionally attached to a good book. Memories for me, good or bad, trigger subjects for writing. I can’t help myself to want to write about them especially childhood memories. Continue reading