Denali Days 1-2: The End

Denali Days 1-2: The End

Well folks, you can stop worrying, because Justin is off the mountain. He is not hurt or ill. He just did not feel it at all this time and decided to end his climb.

My dad had this saying and it has always been a favorite takeaway for Justin and I. Justin really dug deep in his assessment about whether he should continue climbing and felt the message from my dad (Papa K as he called him) in heaven was strong:

“If it doesn’t feel right, smell right or sound right, it ain’t right.”

This is why I am never not very worried when Justin climbs. Because he always trusts his gut. He just didn’t feel excited about this climb in the way he should have, and felt like he was doing it for the wrong reasons: his unfinished business with the summit. He worried he would push himself beyond his limits and to a danger level (reminder: he’s had 3 surgeries since his last climb).

There are still other adventures to be had and I am proud of my guy for being true to himself and making this hard decision.

We are always appreciative of everyone’s support. Please leave your comments as usual, but just know that Justin is not up for talking. Still processing the whirlwind!

13 responses to “Denali Days 1-2: The End”

  1. kevin culleny says:

    There is always another day to accomplish what he set out to do. Proud and amazed that he had the mindset to try after all he has been through. I have no doubts he will reach the top. Try to focus on the feats accomplished, health restored and goals to attain in your own future timetable.

  2. David Wieland says:

    Dang, dude. Quitting sucks, even when you know it’s the right thing to do. Don’t beat yourself up too much, think those deep thoughts, and feel all your emotions fully. I hope your processing time isn’t too long.
    Y’all are cool people. Keep on keepin on.

  3. Katie Brannan says:

    You both are such an inspiration!!! In every way!!!!

  4. Alfred Bentley says:

    There is something heroic about knowing yourself well enough to make what I am certain was a tough decision. I am proud of you brother! Much love! Alfred

  5. Country Mouse says:

    Trust that feeling deep in your gut. Good to have you back Justin, now relax and enjoy the rest of your epic Summer.

  6. Amanda says:

    I know how hard it is to bail but you made the right call. Enjoy all the other adventures and beauty. The summit will be there.

  7. Jason Ledder says:

    Had to be a terrifically hard choice for him. I am happy he is safe and smart and proud to call him my friend

  8. Shadow says:

    The mountain will be there and waiting whenever the time is right for you. Take a break, come to Mexico, and let’s learn how to kiteboard.
    I’ll buy you a fish taco.

  9. Misti says:

    Awww! Bummer but I know you made the right decision by the sound of it.

  10. Chris S. says:

    Look at Alex Honnold in “Free Solo” – he started, wasn’t feeling it, stopped his climb, and then got back at it later. It’ll always be there, Justin…waiting for YOUR right time.

  11. Janice Kovach says:

    As Papa K would say ….life is full of peaks and valleys. Glad Papa K spoke to you and you listened! You know yourself best! We love you and look forward to seeing you soon.

  12. Janet says:

    The climb started long ago with the planning and if it just didn’t feel right so be it. You absolutely did the right thing . If you don’t trust your gut you probably wouldn’t be here! Hard decision but no shame in intuition! Keep on going Justin. You’ll know what’s right for you and when! Janet and Jack

  13. Seth says:

    Trust that gut feeling always. If something felt “off” wether it be team, mental combination of everything never underestimate it. Justin did the right thing.

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