Hello, I’m Charles Miske. I began the Seven Summits Quest in my youth by reading the Dick Bass account of the Seven Summits. I kept it as a childhood fantasy, but it evolved into an adult fantasy. After raising a number of families and detouring through a few career paths, I suddenly found myself a fat old out-of-shape man.
In the past, I’d been a bicycle commuter who pedaled 14 miles each way to work 4 days a week year-round. I had an ISSA personal trainer certificate. I did quite a bit of hiking and canoeing. But thanks to the wonders of the internet and the high-tech world that evolved from it, here I was, bigger than ever.
My wife awesomely suggested I pursue my desire to climb. I learned to climb ice, then rock. I did some glacier training, and discovered I was more out of shape than I thought. I needed some far-off goal. Taking a cue from Brian Tracy, I pondered the question “what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”
My Seven Summits Training Begins
My most heart-felt answer involved the Seven Summits, and with a gentle (or not) nudge from my wife, that became my goal. I started training very hard and changed my diet quite a bit. I eventually lost 50 lb (from 235 to 185 lb).
It’s been a very difficult road, and I have only one of the Seven Summits completed so far. But I’ve had a lot of fun, learned a lot about myself, and became much more fit and healthy. I learned a lot about training and working out and exercises, as well as how an old guy like me can accomplish dreams. Dozens of friends asked me about training and my own personal eating habits, and this blog is one of my response.
I hope you enjoy my sharing some of these ideas and suggestions with you.