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Day 6: 2024 14er Speed Record Attempt

First, we need to have a moment of celebration because at 07:30 PM Tuesday night, Drew was high atop the Princeton summit, officially marking the halfway point of the journey. Come in for a closer look with this pic Drew casually snapped from the summit of Princeton. It is extraordinary - not just because of how it looks, but because of what it means. Most of us have never experienced this kind of perspective. So if we all step back and think about the image in its totality, it's almost like Drew is bringing us along on this amazing journey with him.


A few more vantage points from pickup at Shavano and drop off at Mt. Princeton:



After descending Princeton, Drew met the crew on the Denny Creek trailhead feeling good and ready to tackle the rest of the Collegiates. He decided to get some sleep before heading on to Yale, but woke up halfway through a two hour nap with intense wheezing and his body swelling like crazy. He was also nursing several injuries, including a suspected MCL tear from a previous fall on Challenger a couple days ago.


Despite this, he tried to push on to Yale and ascended to about 13,000 feet before the physical toll of the past 5 days hit him hard, and he had to make the difficult decision to pull the plug on the attempt at 03:00 AM on Yale for his health and safety.


This is one of those moments we talked about earlier in the week and there are lessons in it for all of us. With hard work, positivity, persistence and resilience, we can accomplish things beyond our wildest imagination. But adversity comes with the territory - it can hit us like a ton of bricks, and that can be disheartening and humbling. The skills and tools we use to work towards our goals are the same skills and tools that help us make it through the low points. In a lot of ways, Drew's attempt is really the story of life.


But perhaps the most important lesson of all is the importance of family, friends and community. People who support you and cheer you on in the good times, and never leave your side when hard times come calling.


Regardless of the outcome today, your support along this journey has meant the world to Drew and the crew - you have carried them through the highs and lows and never left their sides. We cannot thank you enough for all the uplifting messages and prayers you've sent and all the support you've provided to Drew throughout this incredible, awe-inspiring, humbling and very wild ride.


Today, there will be a lot of reflection, decompression and of course some medical issues that need tending to, but we've got a lot more to unpack, and more stories to share, and more thanks to give, so we'll be posting more in the coming days.


A heartfelt thank you again for all your support, and stay tuned for more!





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Invitado
17 hours ago

You still need heartfelt congratulations on your accomplishment. Every mountain peak has its beauty and an experience to cherish for a lifetime. Prayers for a quick recovery. Connie and Greg Brandt from Door County Wisconsin

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Invitado
a day ago

You’re so incredibly inspiring, Drew!!! Thank you for sharing your journey! It takes a lot to know when to tap out- those mountains will always be there for us. You take care of you!

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Invitado
2 days ago

Proud of you to know your body enough to pull the plug . Amazing job and amazing accomplishment!Cheers look forward to what else you do

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Invitado
2 days ago

Drew, what an amazing accomplishment! I'm in awe of all that you climbed - it is simply inspiring. There are so many WINS here. You'll be back but you get to take with you now all that you learned - what tremendous discipline and character. Thank You for sharing your journey with us. Thanks to your supporting team. Rest, get well and continue to tackle. with your inspiring ambition, any and all mountains ahead of you! Many Thanks! ~chas (from G'Town TX)

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Invitado
2 days ago

Drew, you are a legend! Shoutout to your crew as well! Following your journey through these blogs and the Garmin has been inspirational. Watching you push through 29 mountains in 4 days is unbelievable. Your grit and determination this past week has had an impact on my life, and I’m confident it’s done the same for many others. I’m wishing you a solid and speedy recovery my friend. I know as soon as you’re healed up you’ll start pushing your mind and body to new limits again. Stay Hard!

-Ben from Denver (been following you for a couple years now)

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