At 14,497 ft (4418,69 m), Mt Whitney in California is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States. Piece of cake for Robert Mason, physical therapy class of 2015, who grew up mountaineering in Washington state.
Robert summited on August 2, 2013 as a youth leader for a Boy Scouts of America trip along with some family. His brother-in-law, Tyler Henderson, took the accompanying photo. When climbing, Robert always carries a “flag” to represent where he is at that time in his life, so his wife made this laminated UNMC icon for the occasion.
Besides, hiking and climbing, Robert spent time helping with blisters, sore feet, swollen knees, and tight backs. “It was fun,” he said. “Next summer I hope to be on Mt Rainer.”
“I think more people would enjoy the outdoors if they knew how to go out there without injuring themselves and being prepared. I am excited that I can help teach people that as a physical therapist in the future.”
We’re excited, too, Robert, and looking forward to your pics next summer!