Follow @RunningFervor for more. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be living in the Pacific Northwest and spending my free time in the cold skiing, ice climbing and mountaineering, I would have laughed. I've always enjoyed being outside but I never used to like the cold. I hated winter. I hated waking up early. It's crazy to think that I didn't even really know what a crevasse was, how to assess mountains for avalanche danger, or that ice climbing was actually a sport. Life in Ohio was quite a bit different for me than it is out here, and I never imagined in my wildest dreams that my life would look like this.
I'm so grateful for all of the opportunities, mentors, and friends I've met these last 3 years here in the PNW who have opened up my eyes to a whole new world of activities I never thought were possible for me. I still have so much to learn when it comes to the mountains, and to me, that is so damn exciting. Every time winter rolls around, it's a humble reminder that everyone has to start somewhere and that it's never too late to learn something new - you just gotta say "yes." Thankful today, and everyday, for a great crew and new opportunities that keep me learning, keep me modest, and make winter my favorite season ever!
Photo: "willingly" freezing my butt off while ice climbing in Alaska's 3 degree weather. Man, who would have thought?! (📷: @alexborsuk)