"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life."
-The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Hey there! Ham here, a 27 year old, North Carolina raised kid who currently finds himself walking the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C.
I've always found that you learn more from the trials and tribulations of your life than you do when things are going your way. That's never been more clear to me than when my grandfather passed away from pancreatic cancer. He was an incredibly important person in my life to whom I looked up to and I wanted badly to honor him and his legacy. So, I turned to nature, I turned to the woods, and I turned to the mountains.
For my 25th birthday, I decided that I would hike 25 miles of the Appalachian Trail in a day, raising money for pancreatic cancer research. To many people, it seems like a mundane and unassumingly mediocre task. But, that long day on the A.T. taught me more about myself than anything I had ever experienced before.
The mountains provide a calmness and a quiet that I have never found elsewhere. With each step and breath, they push me physically and mentally beyond what I ever imagined possible. The mountains are always willing to accept you however you come to them- beaten down, tired, emotionally wrecked. The mountains provide a stillness and an uncompromising ability to love you regardless of your state of being or mind.
I currently live in Washington, D.C. where I serve as the Special Advisor for External Affairs for the Energy and Commerce Committee. In my last job, I spent 281 nights on the road, visited 49 states and traveled over 250,000 miles. I’ve been from Southern California to the coast of Maine to the remote wilderness of Alaska and every small town and booming metropolis in between. At this point, I’m only missing Hawaii. I’m petitioning Tiare to have an Ambassador Retreat there any day now…
Living on the east coast, the @choosemountains family inspires me to find like minded people hidden behind cubicle walls and crowded city streets. It's been amazing to see what a passionate and amazing founder and leader can do when she believe in an idea and a cause.
Since I've known Tiare, I've seen Choose Mountains blossom into a nation-wide movement that continuously inspires and connects like minded adventurers from. I hope to continue to connect with fellow explorers, always searching for the next great adventure. Please reach out to me and say hey, I'm going to be on the road constantly with work, and would love to squeeze in a hike or a climb when I'm literally in your neck of the woods!
I look forward to encouraging others to get lost and then find themselves in the mountains, much like I did.