To be completely honest, I never envisioned nor had any desire to climb all of the 14ers in Colorado until July 4th, 2009.  That was the day I created my goal.  On July 4th I climbed my first 14er in over 15 years, Mount Sherman.  I climbed Grays Peak when I was 13 years old but hadn’t climbed another 14er in Colorado even though I lived here all my life.  When I set out to climb Mt. Sherman, I didn’t know how to prepare or what to expect.  I packed up my gear not knowing exactly what to pack; however, I included a Fat Tire in my backpack.  I thought it would be great to have my favorite beer on top of the peak as a celebration of my accomplishment.  I soon realized that climbing the mountains would turn into a passion.

I climbed Mount Sherman with some good friends of mine.  When we arrived at the top of Mount Sherman I looked around and was amazed at the view.  I was in awe of the breathtaking landscape surrounding me. To see miles and miles of clear sky and numerous peaks, which included several 14ers in the distance, was overwhelming.  I looked around and the thought of climbing each of those peaks crossed my mind.  I also contemplated that in order to climb each of the 14er’s I had to climb back down before climbing back up.  That was symbolic to me…that was life; full of highs and lows.

Life is filled with ups and downs, peaks and valleys.  As I sat on Mount Sherman, I pondered that in order to get to the next peak; I had to climb back down.  It would be great to go to the next peak without any descent but I wouldn’t appreciate the challenge of the ascent and wouldn’t recognize the value of perseverance.  On top of the peak, I looked back to see what I overcame, where I had been, and the different challenges and adversities I surmounted.  The ascent up the mountain and the difficulties of the climb taught me valuable lessons just like the hardships in life can.  The ascent was not easy but the reward was well worth the struggle.

The last few years for me had been very difficult.  They had been full of hardship, growth, hurt, love, suffering, and tremendous blessing.  When I climbed Mount Sherman, I was in a time of change that I struggled with.  I was trying to ascend out of it emotionally, spiritually and physically.  The key was, now I sat on top of a mountain…my peak.  I looked back and appreciated the hardships and realized just how truly blessed I am.  So, being on top of Mount Sherman I celebrated…with a Fat Tire.

I am a Christian and a spiritual person.  My faith is very important to me and I try to live my life according to my beliefs.  I am not perfect, not even close.  I have made numerous mistakes in my life.  However, the trails of my life have taught me so much.  It has made me the man I am today.  The highs and lows make me feel grateful for where I am.  When I climb a mountain, I ascend knowing I am going to be thankful and blessed for where I had just been.  Climbing to me is symbolic of life.

Climbing to the top of Colorado 14er’s is a spiritual journey for me and the reason behind my goal.  I believe it is important for me to convey that I am climbing for myself.  It is a personal goal for me.  By pursuing my objective I am learning so much about myself and as a result, I am growing deeper in my faith.  Climbing is teaching me valuable life lessons such as perseverance, humility, how to accept failure and be persistent, overcoming challenges and my fears, independence, commitment, and trusting in my Lord and Savior.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”



  1. Awesome, Josh! What a great goal…and a great reward! Can’t wait to read your blog some more.

  2. That’s deep, bro. Keep climbing for the top.

  3. Hey Josh!! Congrats on your acheivements!!keep it up.. !!

  4. Josh, I am very proud of you! keep on keeping on

  5. Something strange, goin on, but you have the same drive as my uncle bob, 10th mountain division and friends to the folks who created Vail and Aspen.

    Proud of ya.

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