About

“People ask me, ‘What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?’ and my answer must at once be, ‘It is of no use.’There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron… If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.

-George Herbert Leigh Mallory

George Mallory Everest

“Because it’s there” is the famous response that George Mallory gave when asked why climb Everest. To me it is more than a simple witty quote. This mentality defines my life. In 2009, as a freshman in college, I decided to attempt a winter thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Why? Because it’s there. In winter of 2013 I traveled to Newfoundland to summit it’s high mountains in the deep, early season snow. In 2014, I became the first person to paddle a kayak from Key West to the Dry Tortugas. In 2015 I attempted to break the Appalachian Trail thru-hike unsupported record. Why? Because it’s there.

In addition to backpacking and kayaking, I am also an avid freediver, triathlete, and mountaineer. I am also currently a second year medical student at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Please take your time and explore this page. To the left you can find subheadings of different posts and above you kind find recounts of my different adventures. If you have any comments or just want to say you enjoy the blog, please leave them below!

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2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Grayson- ran across your blog after following a link from Sharman Ultra news to your September post on hand swelling when hiking. Enjoyed the read and your blog. All the best to you and your 3rd year of Med school and beyond. I graduated from EVMS in 1997.. I enjoyed my time there. Went into Emergency Medicine as it allowed time for adventures. If you ever have any questions about what the next 20 years might look like shoot me an email.

    1. This is so cool! Thanks for commenting Miles! Most of my considerations for the future are to account for ability to get out for adventures too. I hope I can find some balance that lets me do that. I appreciate you commenting.

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Adventures of a medical student