By Randy Pierce
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” — John Muir
This is it! Single digit days will give way to our September 18 departure. When Monday, September 21 arrives, we’ll have already hiked our way past the Machame Gate and onto Kilimanjaro’s massive shoulders. We will make every reasonable effort to share updates along the way and I’ll give you those details now but first a few announcements and thoughts are worth sharing.
When your team is a perfect 10 (members) already, why would you turn the volume up to 11? The answer is simple, when is it not the right time to help someone reach for a dream and once in a lifetime opportunity?! Jennifer Uhlman has guided me along the steep sections of Mt. Carrigain and supported our team in the Mt. Snow Tough Mudder, now she joins the rest of the team.
So on that notion of the seeming “Once in a Lifetime,” I find myself so tremendously blessed with the belief each day we can work towards something which possesses rewards we will indeed treasure forever. There are those moments which resonate beyond our expectations and I count so many in my own life that I have come to believe for all of us the choice to experience such moments is with us. I’ve long suggested I’m a problem solver more than a risk taker and as such try to ensure planning is at the root of many of my quests. That’s all fine and true yet still there is value in words I reviewed today.
“If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started.” — Drew Houston
We are taking this trip together as a team and for those not joining us directly, I welcome you to follow along and live in this instance vicariously through our progress. Help us celebrate accomplishments and commiserate the hardest of the challenges. In the process, I hope you are evaluating what dream should be just ahead in your life and what excuses for not reaching may be eradicated to leave your goal ready for you.
Thanks to the ingenuity and kindness of our friends and hiking partners www.RoarLoud.net, you can follow us live or review the history of our progress via the Delorme Inreach technology. Simply visit:
We will be sharing progress on our own 2020 Vision Quest Social Media and the front page of our website. The reality is these will be progress updates with no images to be shared until we have completed our descent from the mountain and may send a few of the images along for our friends, family, and community. I’m tremendously excited for all aspects of this experience and intend to put my best effort into the entire attempt. Ultimately it is always the journey and not the destination which is of highest import and I hope that journey includes crossing the crater rim as the sun rises impossibly distant from that incredible height. Thank you for allowing me to share my adventures and I hope for all of us the drive to reach for our peak potential can be constantly and successfully pursued!
You can also follow our friends and their marvelous Roarloud project via: