Tom Fabbri has begun his attempt at summit No. 6. This journey takes him to Vinson Massif on the continent of Antarctica, very close to the South Pole.
[Tom Fabbri on Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska, summit on July 5, 2013]
Climbing mountains, swimming with sharks and some of the other adventures Tom has been on is more than just a physical accomplishment. “An Extreme Adventure reveals exactly who you are, demanding the most of your physical, psychological and perhaps even spiritual selves.”
I met Tom a few years back. At that time he was flying a helicopter and in the early stages of his climbs. It has been fascinating and quite a learning experience to see what really goes into these climbs. On one occasion I did have the opportunity to see the details that go into preparing for a climb. It was Mt Mckinley. Imagine yourself walking into Tom’s living room and seeing a room full of items spread out. Each item, the ice pick, tent, sleeping bag, boots, boot covers, gloves, satellite phone, etc was all in front of me. My initial thought was how in the world was he going to get this on a plane. That is when it dawned on me that transporting it from NY to Alaska was the easy part. Placing this on his back and what would become a 75 pound sled that he would pull to base camp on beyond was truly the challenge.
Perhaps you and I will not place ourselves in a situation where this type of physical challenge would be attempted, but mentally maybe so. You know what your physical challenge is. Maybe it is walking 5 miles for some it could be walking to your mailbox and some can’t walk at all. Your physical ability is not the issue, trying to accomplish is.
Tom’s living room is really the lesson that I want to share. It is the preparation and determination that we have in common. Every goal is accomplished through a great deal of effort. Tom did not come from a background that included climbing, flying and living the adventurous lifestyle. He made a commitment years ago, decades ago to become this person. It takes time and it takes self motivation for you to prepare for your own achievements.
There is a balance in all of this that must be considered. Tom is blessed to have the health to begin with to become the adventurer he is. But to reach the level that he has takes a thick skin. He has his cheerleading team of course, but he has also heard from those that question the challenges and the level of risk with each climb. Would it be easy to give in to these comments? Do you give in to others comments? I hope not. Some folks mean well, but would tell you not to do something because that do not wish to see you fail. yet what will you ever achieve if you do not make an effort to change, to grow and to go on your own adventure.
Fill up your living room with the equipment you need to go on your adventure. That equipment can be anything. People that council you, a business plan to guide you, books to inform you.
Keep your dream alive. That is yours, do not let anyone talk you off your mountain.