My father, Mike Donahue, was a mountain guide who strongly felt that the best reason for mountain adventures was not athletic achievement, but rather for enrichment of the self. To this end, he encouraged people to slow down and take the time to absorb the more subtle elements of the mountain world. Indeed, when you’re surrounded by blindingly white glaciers and huge craggy peaks it is easy to miss the tiny pika munching grass under a nearby rock, or the way your mind and body are free of daily stress. Here are a five of his favorite bits of wisdom that he loved to share with everyone he spent time with in the mountains:
Mike Donahue’s favorite achievements as a guide included leading blind and paraplegic adventurers to the summit of Colorado’s 14,255-foot Longs Peak as well as helping anyone overcome their fears to enjoy a personal victory in the outdoors. He would have loved to see the diversity of people whose lives are enriched by taking part in the wildly remote summer adventures with CMH. Photo of Columbia Mountains reflections by Topher Donahue.
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