Doug Liedle | March 21, 2016
I have some wild dreams. It is my job to make them memories.
Last year my girlfriend and I decided to come up with a dream trip and make it a reality. We threw around a couple of ideas, but finally settled on climbing to the top of Mt. Adams (the second highest peak in Washington state at 12,280’ ) and then skiing off of the summit. This was crazy since neither of us had any experience doing this. Sure, we are both proficient skiers and play in the mountains a lot, but neither of us had done an overnight ski touring/mountaineering trip before.
As I write this, my mind is constantly wandering; I have a hard time focusing. Most of my thoughts are fleeting and come and go, but some of them are about where I will be in five years, about trips I want to take, or about conquering challenges I have set for myself, like Mt. Adams. Daydreaming about this stuff is great fun! It gives me an opportunity to be honest with myself without worrying about what others might say. This is my own time.
But, that is a double-edged sword. On one side is action and on the other side is complacency. Some of my dreams can’t be accomplished in a day, or a week, or for some, even a year. It will take a lot of effort and persistence to see them transition from dreams to memories. And this is the key.
Let me explain. After my girlfriend and I both realized the other wasn’t joking about Mt. Adams we started doing research. This turned into several months of planning and then we were suddenly getting ready to start! When we left the car at the trailhead we had done all of the research we could and we were ready — or so we thought. We learned a lot of valuable lessons before we made it to the summit, but we skied off of it like we planned! This trip helped us realize what we are capable of. We turned one of our dreams into something that will last a lifetime. A memory!
My favorite memory from Mt. Adams was getting to our campsite on the mountain at about 5 pm after hiking/skiing for 6 hours. We had the entire mountain to ourselves and we got to enjoy a beautiful sunset and eat dinner together. Getting to the summit was the goal, but I will never forget how this one moment played such a memorable part of this trip for me.
I don’t want to reminisce with my friends about dreams we had. I want to reminisce about memories we have. It is your own responsibility to turn your dreams into memories. Sure, having friends who have the same mindset helps, but you can be the catalyst!
So go! Start small and make the simple dreams memories. This will give you a taste and get the ball rolling. The sooner you start making memories, the sooner you will have bigger and wilder dreams. And then bigger and wilder memories! Let us know about the memories you make by using #tryhardclub on social media!