𝗬𝗼𝘂'𝗿𝗲 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗪𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗮 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗢𝗹𝘆𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗰 𝗠𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗯 𝟯𝟬 𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗸𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻 𝟯 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀! 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗮?

It started 2014 or 2015. I started working on my endurance like hiking and pushed myself further and higher in the mountains. At the same time I bought my first camera and started doing photography. I got asked by my close friends what are you working for? I thought, well I need to have some sort of goal. So I started planning the project and looked at all the peaks of the Olympics and just started picking a random one and researching how to climb it.

𝗦𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗶𝗱𝗻'𝘁 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄 𝘂𝗽 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘆𝘃𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗜𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗶𝘀. 𝗦𝗼 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼?

Yeah, so Maryville Illinois is super flat but when I came to Seattle Washington I saw the mountains and I just wanted to go out into them. You see all the gorgeous photos but even before I came I was already interested from mountain photography. From a guy who grew up in cornfields, mountains was something I wanted to experience.

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹?

For the mountains I just started hiking and learned as I went along. I joined a club called the Mountaineers that is based out of Seattle. They teach you the basics from crossing glaciers, first aid, backcountry navigation. It gets your foot in the door, from there you take that knowledge and expand it. I taught myself how to ski started hitting the bunny hills and that's what I did with Mount Rainer and skied down.