Work Hard Play Hard - The Balance Your Life Needs

Work hard play hard

A common phrase thrown around in the workforce today. I try my best to live up to this as much as I can. You can often find me up early in the morning out enjoying the outdoors prior to coming in to work or in the mountains on the weekends. In the summer time I often spend my time trail running and rock climbing. In the winter I enjoy backcountry skiing at sunrise. HireVue has an awesome outdoor community which makes these activities simple to do!

This past July, a couple climbing friends and I went out to climb Mt. Rainier in Washington. I have done this climb once before back in 2010, but was excited to get back out and climb it again with my brother in law and two friends. 

In 2010 I lucked out with pristine conditions, this time however, we had a lot of rain which delayed us from getting on the mountain by a day.

I wanted to jump off of base camp into the fluffy pillow looking clouds

On our second day the weather was still rainy, but with the limited time on our permit we knew we needed to get going so we headed up to base camp which sits at about 10,000 ft. There were areas of the climb where we would be crossing a snow field and it was a complete white out, we could not see the person 30 yards ahead of us. This was a bit of a worry for wanting to summit.

As we approached the base camp, we stepped out of the storm and clouds and into the blue skies which was amazing. I wanted to jump off of base camp into the fluffy pillow looking clouds because that’s exactly how it looked.

       Mt Rainier - Flickr User Frank Kovalchek

       Mt Rainier - Flickr User Frank Kovalchek

We were much more optimistic after seeing the blue skies from base camp on. We arrived to base camp around 1:00pm in the afternoon which gave us time to eat, dry our gear, and prepare for our summit push at about 3:00am that same night.

From base camp to the summit we had to rope up as a team because of the crevasses that are all over. These crevasses can be 100's of feet deep so it is important to be ready to help your rope team avoid them and save one another if someone were to fall in.

Going up, it was amazing to me how different the mountain looked than when I was on it in 2010. I should have known that it would be different, but it was surprising how all of the crevasses were in different areas and had completely changed. This time we had to cross a ladder that was over a black hole (crevasse) which made for an even better experience.

To me it is bliss standing on top of a mountain and looking all round you in every area and seeing that you are on the highest point of land that you can see.

I wouldn’t say that climbing Mt. Rainier is super hard, but it is an amazing experience as you exert yourself to the summit while looking at miles and miles of beauty. From Rainier you can see several awesome peaks like Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St Helens etc..

There are a lot of things that can go wrong during the adventure and that is where the danger comes from, but if everything goes correctly you can just imagine it as a giant hike with crampons on your boots and an ice axe in your hand while roped up with others on your team.

The trick is to not over exert yourself, but to keep a steady pace. The reason we start at night time is because the cold temperatures at night freeze the snow which allows for safer traveling when going across crevasse fields. We were able to summit the mountain at about 7:00am.

The feeling that I get when standing on top of such a beautiful mountain is what drives the addiction. To me it is bliss standing on top of a mountain and looking all round you in every area and seeing that you are on the highest point of land that you can see. There is a lot of excitement and adrenalin that comes from my outdoor adventures that I spend my time doing. 

In life it is easy to get caught up in the day to day grind of work and all of the extracurricular activities we all have going on. The outdoors is one way for me to find balance in life and maintain my priorities.

I have heard the saying several times that we will never lie on our death bed and say “I wish I had worked more.” I love to get outside with my family and remember how beautiful this earth is and also how little you need to live off of.

If you are planning on doing any big climbs or hikes feel free to reach out to me! This is a quick synopsis of my Mt. Rainier trip this year and a little bit about my passion for the outdoors. Let me know if you have any questions about my trips!