Uinta Mountains, Utah
“Everything great that has happened to humanity has begun as a single thought in someone’s mind, and if anyone of us is capable of such a thought, then all of us has the same capacity, capability, because we’re all the same.” ~Yanni
With homemade trailer in tow behind his bicycle, Göran loaded all the gear he would need to climb the 29,000 foot Mount Everest and started pedaling from his home near Stockholm. He would in the next few months travel 7,000 miles through Europe and Asia, arriving in Nepal only to transfer the 150 pounds of gear from his bike to his shoulders once he neared the mountain to base camp. He wanted to go unassisted with no porters or Sherpas for help, starting at sea level and climbing solo without bottled oxygen to an altitude that jet airplanes with pressurized cabins typically cruise at. On his first attempt up the mountain only a few hundred feet below the summit, bad weather sent him down. A few days later he made one more attempt and reached the top. He had lots of time to contemplate his success on the 7,000 mile bike ride back home…..
Reluctantly grateful to be more an arm chair adventurer than a real one when it comes to this. I found this book at a secondhand store and love reading these kinds of stories. An obsession soon takes over wondering what drives and motivates a person throughout their journey. A thought that turned into a dream and then a reality.
An awakening that one person can prove anything is possible. Sincerity, believing in ourselves, and letting go of fear. Everyone having the capability of great thoughts and achievements, because we all have the same limitless potential.