The Ultimate Goal

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Monday March 24, 2014.

Now might be as good a time to begin this as any. I think I came up with this idea almost a year ago. I was planning a trip to the great state of Alaska. We were to spend several days in an RV after attending a wedding near Anchorage. I was put in charge of the trip plan, and highest on my list was getting a look at the mountain you see in the picture above. It’s called Denali. Or, Mount McKinley. Either one will work, depending on where you are.

Getting a look at this mountain was, probably because I had read a couple of books that mentioned its awesomeness, a big deal to me. So that became a priority to me on the trip.

Seeing it fascinated me. I thought back to the books I had where it was a feature. I decided that I had been spending a lot of time training myself for something, and that this might be that thing. Why not? So, I decided I wanted to put myself in the position to be able to climb the mountain. That’s the goal.

I know that I’m not ready. Fitness-wise, I probably am, actually. I train pretty hard and regularly. But I have no concept of a few of the things that go into an expedition. I know that I have a few years to go before I’ll be capable of an attempt. I know that I may not actually like things like living in a tent for a few weeks and being cold all the time and eating food made on a camp stove for almost a month. But I want to give it a shot.

So, this blog will be my documentation of this attempt. I’ll take myself through the basics of backpacking, learning how to survive in somewhat remote locations, learning the tricks to being more comfortable in crappy living situations and keeping my body in the kind of shape that is necessary to top the highest peak in North America.

I’m pretty fired up about it.

Ryan JerzRyan Jerz is an all-around good guy who wants people to eventually refer to him as "that dude who climbs mountains."