We moved to Colorado in 2008 & wanted to continue our hiking adventures that we had done on the Appalachian Trail. We began hiking around Denver, but needed more, so we decided to attempt our first 14,000 foot peak. The objective was Mt. Evans from Summit Lake. An easy one I know, but we had an 8 yrs old, at 10 yr old & others that all decided to join us. The hike was a success & we all made it to the summit.
When I asked my son (8 yrs at the time) what he wanted as a reward for this great accomplishment, he said with much enthusiasm “A VIDEO GAME!" This was not the response I was looking for, but I did get him his reward, but began to look for other options.
I came across the opportunity to make a summit marker from Mt. Evans for him to keep & talk about with his friends. When I gave it to him, his eyes opened wide, he was very proud of it, & wanted to immediately display it and do another... mission accomplished.
Fast forward & the video game is nowhere to be found, but the marker is proudly displayed on wall along with 23 other ones, & now he is an active part of the business, learning what it takes to run a business. He is also the one to determine what our next 14er will be.
Our idea is to reward people for getting outside and living a healthy lifestyle, and learning about the outdoors. The healthier we are, the less sick we are as he says. The more people that we can reward for getting outside and living a healthy life style, the better.
When & if you see us on any of the 14ers, we will have a few markers with us & we will be handing them out to the oldest and youngest person we see that day, and maybe an extra 1 or 2.
We support many charities & will work with any group to promote outside health & wellness. Thank you for visiting our site & we hope to see you in the outdoors!!!