|Adam Bradley (left) and me on top of Poot Peak, Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska|
Getting there can be an addiction. Getting back down typically involves even more danger. Conquering the mountain can and will lead to certain brushes with danger, and health risks, including fatigue, and elevation sickness to name a few.
Some mountains you’re scrambling up shale, loose rock, and fields of scree while others require crampons, ice axes, and what seems like endless amounts of rope, dozens of pounds in mountaineering gear. Don't forget, you have to go back down.
One thing is for certain: once you get a taste of the clean crisp and splendid air on the summit of a mountain, all you want to do is summit more of them…