Music and Memories!

So today was the same as yesterday, almost to the pizza slice! We lounged around and just soaked up the sunshine and relaxed. The only difference is I made my summit push playlist. The top 5 songs in no particular order:

⁃ it’s a long way to the top – AC/DC

⁃ On top of the world -Imagine Dragons

⁃ Run to the hills -Iron Maiden

⁃ Stair way to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

⁃ Highway to Hell -AC/DC

Pretty much seemed like all 5 could be the theme song to this adventure. I have over 50 plus songs that hopefully will help carry me to the top of the world. Not excluding …..

⁃ Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi.

On the topic of summiting, music, and musicians. I have a tradition that I have been doing now for over 15 years, and actually, it started back in high school.

When I was 16, I swiped my dad’s Kenny Rogers shirt out of his closet, because it was retro and I thought it was cool. I wore it to concerts and ski/snowboarding trips mostly being a clown! But in 2007 my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s (just 58 years old when it started) and I started wearing it on adventure trips and music concerts/festivals as kind of a tribute to him, like he was apart of the adventure with me.

I credit my mother with a lot of things in my life but my sense of adventure I got from my father. I didn’t record or take pictures at first but started to a couple years back.

As anyone who has dealt with Alzheimer’s

Knows, it’s tough on the person and even tougher on the family. We all deal with it in our own way. I have tried to honor him by living a life full of adventure. A kind of life that was taken from him way too early!

So you will understand the reason I wear this 1982 Kenny Rogers tour T-Shirt in a lot of my climbing photos! Kenny (The T-shirt) is currently camped out at camp 2 on Everest, waiting for me to head back up on the final summit push and Join him on the top of the world. My father would have loved this adventure, and so Kenny and I plan to keep this tradition going.

For everyone who has a loved one with this horrible disease, I wish you the best! Love them and cherish every moment you get with them. Be understanding and treat them with the respect and dignity they deserve! I love you Dad and Kenny and I hope to make you proud when we reach the Top of the world!

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8 thoughts on “Music and Memories!

  1. Beautiful story and tribute! Pops is watching and he is proud. Love the song choices too! Pura Vida – Pete, Nichole, and the Boyz

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  2. Well said Chad I know the feeling dealing wi th th is now he would be proud of you and most likely would have gone with u be safe

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  3. Beautiful tribute & great tradition! The wise words of “The Gambler” might be a good playlist addition – keep climbing if it makes sense, but know when to turn back if necessary. Staying in Playa Grande & Negra in December – will be dropping in to your surf shop for sure! LOVE reading your posts every day 🙂 Pura Vida!

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  4. I grew up working at Lake Ladonna… I knew you when you were born. I’m sad about your Dad. He touched my life in a way I can’t explain… Love your story 🤗

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  5. Nice!

    On Fri, May 10, 2019 at 10:41 PM Frosty On Everest wrote:

    > cgaston13 posted: “So today was the same as yesterday, almost to the pizza > slice! We lounged around and just soaked up the sunshine and relaxed. The > only difference is I made my summit push playlist. The top 5 songs in no > particular order: ⁃ it’s a long way to the top -” >

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