September 13, 2017 – In 2016, Jeff became the first American amputee to climb Mt. Everest. But he’s not done yet. Jeff shares his next goal, and it’s even bigger than before.
What do you do after you reach the top of the world? Plan for something even bigger. Climbing Everest was a dream come true... but like every other accomplishment in my life, it made me hungry for more.
Since I started mountaineering, I knew I wanted to reach the “peak” of the sport. For me, that means climbing all Seven Summits – the highest peaks on each continent (Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Vinson, and Carstensz).
As I researched the Seven Summits, I came across something interesting: The Explorers Grand Slam. This is what it’s called when you climb all summits AND ski both the North and South Poles. From what I’ve gathered, only 50 people or so have ever done it – and I couldn’t find record of anyone with a physical disability. So naturally, I decided that I had to go for it!
I’ve already made some headway – I’ve climbed Everest of course, and I’ve also climbed Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, South America’s highest peak.
Next on my list is Mt. Elbrus in Russia, Europe’s highest mountain. I’ll head over there at the end of September. While I’m in town, I’ll also be competing in the Moscow Marathon. This is really exciting for me, as it was only recently that those with physical disabilities were allowed into this race.
Reach one goal, set another are words I always try to live by.
Thanks for following along with me! More to come soon.