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My Trip to Nepal (part 2)

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<img data-cke-saved-src="https://cdn2.content.compendiumblog.com/import_uploads//20a59527-c8c5-492a-b888-7d8411053591/adb1c956cd97ca76cd8986822650de5c/waterbottle_nepal2-225x300.jpg" src="https://cdn2.content.compendiumblog.com/import_uploads//20a59527-c8c5-492a-b888-7d8411053591/adb1c956cd97ca76cd8986822650de5c/waterbottle_nepal2-225x300.jpg" alt="waterbottle_nepal2" title="waterbottle_nepal2" style="float:left;margin:0px 10px 10px 0px" "="" border="" width="225" height="300" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-680">Yesterday, I talked about the leap of faith I made in signing up for a trip to Nepal to climb above 20,000 feet. Six months out…

I’m at least 50 pounds overweight (do I keep mentioning that?) and I have not even requested the time off from my boss.

I spend several nights in the doghouse after my wife discovers the credit card charge—let’s just say that didn’t go over well. I joined a gym and I hate gyms. I start going two or three days a week at first, which ends up with 5 days a week, 2 hours a day. Thanks to ReadyTalk, we have a discounted membership at a great gym in downtown Denver. Now, I need to request the time off.

Like putting the deposit down, I had no idea if I could take that much time off of work (Are you seeing a pattern here?). I met with Scott King, VP of Marketing and Sales, and co-founder with his brother Dan King. I said, “Scott, I want to chase a dream and achieve a goal and I need a month off.” I continued “I’m going to climb a mountain in Nepal!” And before I could say another word, Scott interrupted with, “Awesome!” I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing ReadyTalk treats their employees. Work hard, be accountable, move the needle, live life. Oh my god, I’m actually going to Nepal!

This is just the beginning of my journey; I need time to train in the mountains. Again, I tell my wife that I need to climb 14’ers (14,000 ft peaks here in Colorado) every Saturday for the next 6 months. She rolls her eyes and sighs. Long story short, I lose 45 pounds; spend tons on new gear; get up at 3:30 a.m. on 16 Saturdays to hike and ski 13 different 14’ers; do several new snow climb routes; climb Mt. Baker (in Washington State); and totaled my car by hitting a 500 pound bear.


…Six months later, I’m ready to go to Nepal.


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