A wide shot of the Andes Mountains with a snow covered Mt. Ausangate in the center. The 2020 team of eleven are hiking in the foreground on a beautiful day.

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Michelle Brier stands in front of a multiple signs on Mount Kilimanjaro.
21 Apr
2022
Guest Blog: Africa, 2020 Vision Quest, and Crater Lake Moments 

I met Randy Pierce through work and was thrilled when he invited me to hike Mounts Liberty and Flume in New Hampshire’s White

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A close-up of Randy's sunglasses on a hike, with Jose and Greg reflected in the lenses.
16 Feb
2022
Guest blog: My 2020 Vision Quest experience – Jose Acevedo

My friendship with Randy Pierce dates to the 90s, and a shared love for cheering on our New England Patriots through thick and thin

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A group of hikers rest on a gray rocky summit.
10 Feb
2022
Guest blog: Fond memories along the trail with Randy

On the event of Randy’s recent transition to lead Future in Sight as its new President and CEO, I offer some reminiscing on what it was

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The 2020 Vision Quest team hikes up to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, with the snow-topped mountain in the distance against a blue sky with wispy clouds.
07 Nov
2021
Advocate! Insights on the pivotal role of need and approach

All of us are likely to encounter opportunities in which having the tools to advocate for ourselves will greatly benefit our lives In my

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Randy and Autumn hike up a sunlight-dappled wooded trail.
10 Oct
2021
Treasured moments and simple gifts: A look back

With my focus on the Boston Marathon keeping me mostly off the trails as the peak foliage is descending across New Hampshire, I thought

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Group photo of four hikers (including Randy) and Swirl on a rocky stone summit with an expanse of green trees in the background.
25 Sep
2021
Welcome to a beloved set of summits

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing” – Benjamin Franklin There is so much trust in friendships

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Randy, Tracy and Autumn laughing on a summit peak. Tracy wears a bright pink top and Autumn is caught with her pink tongue out in the middle of licking her own nose.
03 Sep
2021
Climbing above the hardest parts of loss

“If we climb high enough, we will reach a height from which tragedy ceases to look tragic” -- Irvin D Yalom I still hold the

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Randy sitting on a gray rock summit, talking to a black dog (Swirl) who is standing next to him.
03 Jul
2021
Back to roots without a stumble, Swirl summits!

“Every moment is a fresh beginning” —TS Eliot More than a decade ago, I put my hand on Quinn’s Guide Dog harness and invited

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Rocky path along a mountainside under a partly cloudy blue sky.
27 Jun
2021
Navigating the path with an eye on habits

The path from dreams to success does exist May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to

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Poster of Quinn and Randy climbing a mountain with the following words superimposed: Climb Your Mountain. Trust, Commit, Persevere, Build Your Team, Believe and Achieve, Reach Your Peak Potential.
28 Feb
2021
The winter of our discontent? A mountain climber’s tale

“Now is the winter of our discontent” is a quote that was popularized by William Shakespeare in Richard III, and also the title of John

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Randy and Brent on a sunny day, taking a pause from biking and doing a fist bump. Randy wears a tie-dye shirt and helmet and Brent's shirt is blue.
21 Feb
2021
Fireside Chat #2: Join us with Dr. Brent Bell from the University of New Hampshire

When: Saturday, February 27 at 7:00 pm Where: Sign up here for free access to the Zoom link My friendship with Brent extends back to

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Randy and Tracy pose with copies of "See You At The Summit"
07 Apr
2020
Join our virtual events April 11 & 20: Movie showing and book discussion

As we all find different ways to socialize during these turbulent times, we are glad to provide a couple of opportunities to come

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Fireworks over the Piscataqua River and downtown Portsmouth, NH. Over the city scape, between the fireworks right of frame and the North Church steeple are the words "Welcome to 2020" in classic 2020 Vision Quest styling.
13 Jan
2020
A Decade in Review

I only have 54 of these decades under my belt so far, and yet, that is enough for me to find a little awe in the 2010-2020 decade of my

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Randy and Rob climbing the side of a cliff in Peru, smiling.
28 Oct
2019
May the best man win! An update to my National Marathon Championship approach

Rob Webber will be my guide as we run the 262 miles of the California International Marathon while trying to account ourselves respectably

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Randy and Autumn hike up a sunlight-dappled wooded trail.
06 Oct
2019
Why I strive for the simple gifts in an autumn hike

"There is a certain something which tugs upon my core to reproduce the splendor of nature's sweet decor" - Randy Pierce, poem,

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Randy, Tracy, and Autumn post on Mt. Wachusett with the "See You At The Summit" book.
02 Sep
2019
#SeeYouAtTheSummit2020 Kicks off on Mt Wachusett, Labor Day Weekend

Will you take your copy of our book, See You At The Summit to one of your personal summits Will you capture the moment in a photograph and

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Randy presenting at a school of children
21 Apr
2019
Preparing a presentation: An inside look at what I’ve learned

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” William Butler Yeats How do I prepare a presentation That

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Randy, Tracy, and Autumn in Scotland, August 2018 at the top of Edinburgh Castle.
06 Jan
2019
Hindsight and Foresight with “2020” Vision for 2019

Launching into the new year, I join many in reflecting on the past year’s accomplishments and setbacks I prefer to use these as a bit

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Randy and Tracy pose with copies of "See You At The Summit"
27 Oct
2018
What we need to succeed: Your help with our book!

See You At the Summit is starting well but needs your help to keep climbing to the heights we hope for this labor of love Many friends

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Book cover of See You At The Summit, featuring Randy and his golden lab Quinn climbing a snowy mountain.
06 Oct
2018
Official Announcement and Cover Reveal for our Book, “See You At the Summit”

By Randy Pierce Available: Friday, October 19, 2018 through Amazon October 19 will mark the 12-year anniversary of the day I met

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