Jim's Open Road
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If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.
- Did his first climb as a kid when he was in Boy Scouts.
- Got to the top of his first mountain; found that he wasn't completely intimidated, found it exciting.
- Says he's been "pulled" down different paths-was a guide on Mt. Rainier, was drafted into the Korean War, ran an REI store.
- No matter which field he was entering, he says he worked hard to be the best at the job.
- Became the first American to make it to the summit of Mt. Everest in 1963.
- Prepared for Everest climb for two years; before the trip, his team was asked if they thought they'd summit-he was the only one to confidently reply, "yes."
- He worked at REI for 25 years; one day, in the middle of his paperwork, he realized he'd spent half his life there.
- He'd climbed the ranks to president, but decided it was time for him to "get some fresh air"; retired at age 50.