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