I have rock climbed all over southern California; nationally in Zion NP in Utah, Wind Rivers Range in Wyoming, and internationally in Thailand, Germany, the Czech Republic, Peru, and Sweden. Being very new to the mountaineering world, my bests include Mount Shasta in 5h 32min on the Avalanche Gulch route; and my highest summit is Chanchani Volcano in southern Peru at 6075m/19931 ft.
I have ridden elephants in Thailand, watched lions and hyenas walk around my tent in the Serengeti, kayaked in the Sea of Cortez, hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, watched the sun rise over Africa from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, dove in the Channel Islands, seen Cambodia from the back of a pickup truck, fed giraffes in Kenya, walked the beaches of Zanzibar, driven the Alaskan Highway, canyoneered slot canyons in Zion, and chased trains all over Europe from Greece to Sweden.
I, personally, haven’t actually done any of those things. But I’m not Chris Figureida. If I was, then I actually would have done all that and more. I’d currently be in the midst of planning or executing my next epic bike tour to raise money to combat heart disease. If I was Chris, I’d do this to (in his own words) “engage people – and especially kids, our leaders of tomorrow – to know that they can make a difference too – starting with themselves and healthy habits. Every day.”
If you want to read more about the ways in which Chris shows his BAMFness, check out his website CycleForHeart.org.