Appalachia & Rick Wilcox

During last month’s holiday stretch, I had a little more time on my hands. That meant I got a chance to catch up on some reading. I’ve read three issues of National Geographic since Christmas, but I am still three months behind. Each issue is like a book. I was also two issues behind on Appalachia, when another one arrived to make it three. Now, I am pretty much caught up, having read all three since New Year’s.

Appalachia is full of  great writing. The interview with Rick Wilcox was really enjoyable. He is the owner of International Mountain Equipment and International Mountain Climbing School, two businesses in North Conway, New Hampshire. I liked the interview because he is an interesting subject. As an entrepreneur and a climber, he has a unique perspective on the environment, outdoor recreation, and goal setting. He told some funny stories about past clients. Clearly, Rick is a strong leader. He led the successful New England Everest Expedition in 1991. Several years ago, I took a winter climbing course from IMCS, so I know that they have a good program. Their guides are well-trained. Rick was a good subject for the journal’s Mountain Voices series.

Part I of the Wilcox interview was in the Winter/Spring 2009 issue and Part II was in the Summer/Fall 2009 issue.

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