“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
 

As a farm boy who grew up in South Georgia, hunting and fishing and driving John Deere tractors, I never thought I’d be pursuing my dream of climbing Mt. Everest, yet today I am very close to that becoming a reality. When I was growing up, my mother used to tell me that I could do anything I set my mind to. I believe her intent was meant for me to apply  that wisdom to becoming a doctor, or some other “down to earth” undertaking, but here I am - one to two years from a legitimate attempt at a summit bid on the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest (29,029 feet).

 

I am asking for your support to reach these heights - to demonstrate the possibilities of human achievement.

 

After fourteen years in the military, I began climbing as a therapy for what I would later learn was PTSD, but it soon became my passion. I met some amazing people in the climbing world, and today they are some of my dearest friends. I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the finest climbing guides in the world.  Every year new adventures, new routes, and new friendships emerged, and every year I challenged myself a little more.

As these projects have continued to grow to an international scale, the expense of the logistical support required from other companies and organizations has also grown. My vision for these adventures is to encourage, inspire, and uplift others, and six years ago, I started to live the adventures seen on the pages of the magazines, with the ultimate goal of climbing in the Himalayas. To prepare for this I have:

  • run several ultramarathons in the mountains - two one-hundred-mile races in a single day and multiple fifty-mile races in less than twelve hours.

 

  • become a member of The American Mountain Guide Association, and I am a trained climbing guide and instructor.

 

  • led climbs in The Cascades, The Tetons, and The Rockies.

 

  • rock climbed, and ice climbed from coast to coast in the United States, and even summited Mt. Rainier (14,411 feet) from high camp in four and a half hours which is considered rather quick by any standard.

 

Today, I am preparing to climb Denali (20,320 feet), the highest mountain in North America, and I am scheduled to be on an expedition there from May 26, 2019 - June 15, 2019. It takes three weeks to climb Denali, to allow for acclimatization and for the necessary training required for an Everest summit bid, which is currently planned for the Spring of 2020. The scheduled funding for this trip has fallen through at the last-minute, jeopardizing this year’s climb.

The road to Mt. Everest has been a long one; the years I’ve spent preparing to reach Denali and Everest have been most rewarding yet also the most challenging years of my life. I am humbled and grateful for the community around me and the encouragement I have received so far: you have shown me the best of the human spirit.

 

There is a life-changing power that only comes from the hardships and victories felt while in pursuit of an audacious goal. I want to inspire others to live boldly. If I can do it, anyone can, and with your help, I will reach the summit. Together, we can climb the highest mountains and effect change in the world…let’s do this!!!

 

Thank you for your support...

 

To contact David about supporting Project Inspire, email him at unbound.david@gmail.com

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