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Reaching Your Summit

Saturday, September 28, 2013

This week we ran a contest asking everyone to tell us about their personal summits this past summer. While classic summits such as Rainier, Denali and Mt. Baker represented we also had hiking in New Hampshire, a sunset shot, and climbing in Colorado. Whether physically reaching the summit of a peak or challenging yourself in another way, the outdoors are one of the best places to be able to go outside your comfort zone and achieve in new ways.

The outdoors inspires us to set new goals and pushes us to continue on when we feel weak. It's easier to go inside when it's raining in the city than it is to keep running but harder to stop trudging through the mud when the summit is merely hours away.

There's power in exploration and adventure that provides for us in unquantifiable ways. And so it happens, that once you begin to find these challenges, once you've overcome an obstacle and felt the rush of accomplishment, you can't wait for the next. The office becomes a holding ground as you wait for the next opportunity to unleash your energy and dig for your potential.

"When I have reached a summit, I leave it with great reluctance, unless it is to reach for another, higher one." - Gustav Mahler

Set those goals, find those summits, let the outdoors push you towards greatness.

Writen by Sarah Knapp. Photos by Maxwell Stewart, Myles O'Connell, LeAnn Holland, Phil Flynn, Solange van Loo and Joep Koenen.