13 Nov 2015

Far From Home film, the story of Brolin Mawejje by friends Galen Knowles and Phil Hessler, is available for download on Vimeo. Brolin was born in impoverished circumstances in Kampala, Uganda and is now on track to become the first snowboarder to ever represent an African country in the Winter Olympics, while simultaneously applying to […]

06 Oct 2015

I’m surprised at an authors recommendation to exercise in a gym from a recent Forbes.com article I read. It’s time to bust the myth that we need a gym to exercise. Exercise can be done right in your office or hallway. The key is to not worry what others think. When you release the fear of what […]

06 Oct 2015

Here’s a link to a Harvard Business Review article about “Managing A Team Of B Players.” https://hbr.org/2015/07/how-to-manage-a-team-of-b-players I’d caution against the labeling of individuals and teams as A and B. My experience leading hundreds of teams, strangers with little or no climbing experience, who have the vision/dream/goal to climb the Grand Teton, at 13,770′ is the highest mountain […]

Human decency has eroded on Everest. I can’t imagine being so blinded by my own drive to summit a mountain that I’d let a fellow human die. This is what occurs on Everest more and more and it is abhorrent and simply wrong. What has happened to acting in accordance with the golden rule, treating […]

24 Aug 2015

26 years ago this week I was able to make the first snowboard descent of the iconic Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. My partners, Thomas Turiano​ and Andy Matz, believed in me and through team work and trust gave me the opportunity to fulfill a dream. The tent in the photo above […]