Where it began

Every Summit Begins in a Valley

In May 2018 David became one of a handful of climbers in the world who have completed the Seven Summits. It all began from a challenge of a coworker to take One Step Beyond…

 


14,410 ft · 4366m

Late 2000's

Mt Rainier

A challenge from a coworker led to the first step


18,491 ft · 5636m

2009

Orizaba

The Canchola family ran a quiet mountain business for decades. I developed a web presence and marketing strategy for them, and began a great partnership


19,341 ft · 5888m

2010

KILIMANJARO · Africa

My cousin suggested Matterhorn. Everything was set until he got cold feet. We settled on Kilimanjaro and battled rain and wind for 6 days until we reached 19,341′. Little did we know this would be the first of our Seven Summits and the start of a new business- climbkili.com


22,841' · 6921m

2012

Aconcagua · South America

Summit day–vomiting, exhausted, no energy to continue. Our knowledgeable guide Juani saw something in me I couldn’t see myself, and told me to continue. Wouldn’t have summited without his guidance. Lessons learned about how to better prepare and fuel myself for future climbs


18,510' · 5609m

2013

Mt. Elbrus · Europe

Uncontrollably hypothermic, the quick action of our guide and a thermos of hot tea brought my temperature back and we hit the summit



2014

Denali · North America

The worst weather year in four decades, my friend Brandon’s calm yet confident
‘we keep going’ response to my request if we should turn back. His choice lead to our summit while every other team behind us turned back. Probably one of my favorite climbing experiences


7,310' · 2215m

2015

Kosciuszko · Australia

Of the 7 Summits, it’s nice to know there won’t be any surprises with a nice 7,000 peak. A nice stroll to the top with some good friends


16,050' · 4863m

2016

Vinson · Antarctica

Stuck in a tent for 7 days with the worst weather our guide has experienced. A brief break in the weather and we knock off the top. Coldest I have ever been


29,029' · 8848m

2017

Mt Everest · Asia

300 feet. That’s all that separated us from the rooftop of the world. 100 mph winds and a jet stream slamming down had other plans. Extreme elation turned to deepest despair as our dreams were crushed in an instant


29,029' · 8848m

2018

Mt Everest · Take 2

1 year to the day, we set off in the darkness, heading for the summit. Winds kicked up, but this time abated and we reached the summit spending a pleasant 30 minutes before our triumphant return



Where will your next step take you?

Life, like expeditions take many unforeseen twists and turns and your best laid plans often get tossed into the wind. You can control much on your climb up the mountains, but even with unexpected disappointments you can always control the way you interpret the situation and environment. Your attitude determines your altitude. Persistence, experience and following a guide who’s been before you all contribute to a successful journey.