Where it began

One step; challenge accepted

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 lead the first step

18,491 ft · 5636m

2009 Orizaba

The Canchola family ran a quite mountain business for decades. They didn’t have an online presence and our partnership was born.

19,341 ft · 5888m

2010 KILIMANJARO · Africa

My cousin suggested Matterhorn. Everything was set until he got cold feet. We settled on Kilimanjaro and the adventure began.

22,841' · 6921m

2012 Aconcagua · South America

Summit day–vomiting, exhausted, no energy to continue and our knowledgeable guide Juani saw something in me I couldn’t and told me to continue. Wouldn’t have summited without his guidance.

18,510' · 5609m

2013 Mt. Elbrus · Europe

Uncontrollably hypothermic, the quick action of our guide and a thermos of hot tea he 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’ in response to my request if we should turn back. His choice lead to our summit while every other team behind us turned back.

7,310' · 2215m

2015 Kosciuszko · Australia

Of the 7 Summits, it’s nice to know they’ll be no surprises with a nice 7,000 peak. A nice stroll to the top.

16,050' · 4863m

2016 Vinson · Antarctica

Stuck in a tent for 7 days on the worst weather our guide has experienced. A brief break in the weather and we knock off the top.

29,029' · 8848m

2017 Mt Everest · Asia

30o 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 the mountains, and that which you can’t you can always control the way  you interpret the situation. Your attitude determines your altitude. Persistence, experience, following a guide who’s been before you all contribute a successful journey.

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