The Calm Before the Storm

Here I am sitting in my dorm room at Clarkson University with a whirlwind of things going through my head. The car sits in the parking lot, filled to the brim with gear for our upcoming trip. We are gathering together the last of our gear, before we head to church and out to Upper Works. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of support that we have received along the way. The amount of messages and positive feedback that we have gotten throughout our training is beyond what we expected. This experience has solidified the need for suicide awareness in my head. The overflow of people who have gathered around us and have come out of the woodwork to tell us their stories has only added to our motivation. On top of all this we have raised over $10,000, filling up the dial on our fundraising page. Knowing that we have already reached and passed our fundraising goal in my head we have already succeed.


Thank you to all who have helped us and support our cause. See you in 46 mountains.



It’s hard to believe that tomorrow marks the start of our 46 climbs. What a journey this event has been! From our training to the support we have received along the way, we count ourselves extremely blessed. It’s a bit surreal sitting here, comfortable and clean, when tomorrow we will be trudging through mud from yesterday’s storm for miles on end.

When we started this event we didn’t know what to expect and we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of support we received immediately from friends and family, as well as fellow 46ers and Clarkson Alumni.  Personally, I am having a hard time believing that tomorrow starts 7 long days of hiking. For both Kolby and I, the Adirondacks have been a second home and an escape from all the craziness that we call life.  We couldn’t think of a more fitting place to show the ups and downs of depression and the hardships of the unknown.


I can’t thank all of you enough who have supported and believed in us as we trained for our cause as well as those who have donated and offered to help us. See you on the other side!