Summiting Mt. St. Helens — Together

By Monday, August 20, 2012 4 0

‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’.  — African proverb

With Colleen (left) on summit of Mt. St. Helens

I would never have climbed Mount St. Helens (or any other mountain) by myself. But with my friend Colleen Kaleda, the 4,500 foot climb over volcanic boulder fields and scree was doable. We met cool folks from Wichita, Kansas at the summit — Nick and Brennan — who took this photo (we also took theirs). Then Nick won the Climber of the Year award in our books by giving away his walking poles at the summit to a woman who didn’t have any. I could never have descended this mountain without poles. But he was willing to — so that someone he’d never even met could descend more safely.

Talk about going farther together. I’m going to be looking in my life this week for how I can emulate Nick from Kansas.

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  • Madeline
    August 21, 2012

    Been reading your blog a long time.. thank you for sharing.My husband and I are on a path to simplify ,to work less and enjoy life more, and to re invent some of the stale parts of our lives. I am enjoying re reading your entries about building community, sharing, and living lightly on Mother Earth.. thanks for all the time and effort you spend sharing with us! I am gong to be sure my husband and I are using your blog entries to discuss our new path, on our weekly dates.

    • Alison
      August 21, 2012

      Madeleine: I love hearing that you find Diamond-Cut Life helpful. I welcome your comments and feedback. And I love the path you’re on. “Reinventing the stale parts of our lives” is a great phrase.

  • Dana Whitson
    August 20, 2012

    Now that looks pretty cool…awesome view!

    • Alison
      August 21, 2012

      Yes, a peak experience (sorry!). My legs have been hurting like hell, but it’s totally worth it.