After months of research and reading I decided to try my first mountain.Slide Mountain is located in the Catskills mountains in Upstate New York. This small mountain with only couple thousand feet of vertical altitude gain was a perfect spot to begin my pursuit of mountaineering. Despite only being a 6 or 7 hour hike, it was an amazing experience. My father and summited around noon and returned to the car several hours later. Hiking and mountaineering were a great way for my father and I to spend time together. Eventually this shared passion led us to Mt. Kilimanjaro otherwise known as the summit of Africa.
Although my passion for mountain climbing was new, my love for the outdoors goes back to my early childhood. I was very fortunate growing up to travel to some of the most amazing destination on the planet. My parents took my sister and I to different exotic places all over the globe. Looking back, the moment that I really fell in love with the outdoors was in Alaska. For my fathers 40th birthday the four of us spent a week traveling around the wild state followed by a week cruise through the inside passage ending in Vancouver. During our time in Denali National Park we were improperly booked on a 7 hour wildlife bus tour. As you can imagine my parents must have been freaking out going on such a long tour with two small children. During that tour I fell in love with the awesome and wild landscape. We saw more than 35 grizzly bears at close range. Although we never saw Denali the mountains that were visible were still many times larger than any mountain that I had ever seen in my life. As strange as it may sound I felt at peace in this harsh and unforgiving landscape. There was something about the rawness of it all that was so enticing. But more on this trip later.
Over the years I have been on a host of trips and expeditions around the globe. My travels have brought me from Glaciers In Africa to Shark Diving in the South Pacific. Each trip has changed my perspective and taught me many lessons about life and how it should be lived. However over the past 3 years I have let my struggles with physical fitness get the best of me. I have made several half hearted attempts to get this area of my life under control. Expedition Health is more than just a blog. It is an opportunity to travel the world as I regain my fitness. My hope with this blog is that I can inspire others to regain control of their health and show them how improving your fitness allows you to experience the worlds most amazing places.