Welcome to Meg of the Mountain! This is a blog about me and how I’ve found myself living the life of a climber. I hail from Wisconsin, but really found myself once I moved to Boulder, Colorado, in June of 2011. From that first oxygen-deprived breath atop my first 14er, my path was forever changed. I was 25, soon to be 26, and decided to make a goal of climbing all of Colorado’s 58 14,000ft peaks. I felt it was a very doable objective. Unfortunately, a month and a half after that, I blew out my knee, tearing my ACL and meniscus.
When it comes to Meg being on a mountain, or a climb, or sometimes even walking across a meadow, Meg is usually one holy hell of a mess. To put it bluntly, I have a lot of health problems. My knee is only the tip of the frozen waterfall: I’ve had 3 surgeries on it to date, but I also see a low back surgery in my future as I’ve had degenerative disc disease and two herniated discs since my mid-teens. I have chronic headaches and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in my early twenties, and then later with Celiac’s. My asthma is moderate to severe at times, and I’ve had some interesting ER visits over the years from it. To top things off, I also have Raynaud’s Syndrome, a circulatory condition which makes your fingers and toes go numb very quickly in colder temps, and much more susceptible to frostbite than the average person. To top it all off I was just diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in October of 2015.
Now, I don’t list all of these ailments to complain or elicit sympathy, I do it to help you understand why I climb. I have always been a physically unhealthy person, even as a child, with a strong mind that aspires to do more than my physical self allows. My asthma started young, and there were many sports that I wasn’t able to compete in because my body couldn’t handle it. When I got to the top of my first 14er, I knew that I would never be the fastest or the best at it, but I wasn’t concerned with that. I just knew that I finally found something great that I could do and enjoy, and set a goal for myself – to climb all the 58 fourteen thousand foot mountains in Colorado (14ers) – that while challenging, was still within the realm of possibility. This goal has pushed me farther than I could have imagined, and through it I have learned technical rock and ice climbing. It has put me into situations that have tested everything I thought I could endure, and then some. For me, climbing is about staring down my physical weaknesses head on, looking them in the face, and overcoming them.
The future holds many experiences waiting to happen.