In the Beginning
When I was young — an awkward teenager as it were — I realized straight away that I really liked climbing mountains. Of course at the time, it was just hiking and backpacking, but we were tagging summits and that was a thrill I couldn't get enough of. School didn't interest me — my attention was elsewhere. I clearly remember sitting in class, paying little or no attention to my teachers, and looking out the window towards the highlands across the Hudson River.