Greg Hill is a manimal; it is difficult to find words which describe the man better than that. But we should try. Greg is so much more. Family guy. Lover of mountains. Tree planter. Beyond all that, with this accomplishment Greg is planting so much beyond trees — he’s helping us all to look to new heights; new goals.
How much can you do in a year? And I don’t just mean skiing, or work, or money. How much can you love in a year? How much can you contribute in year to your family, your world? Athletic feats can seem selfish and narrow, but they’re often not, and Greg’s is a good example of that. His quest is all about inspiration, and how the human spirit reaches for the stars, and in doing so goes new and wonderful places.
Oh, and 2 million vert feet = 609,600 meters, for those who want to know. As to why Greg didn’t go metric, that is indeed a mystery.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.