Thanks so much for your kind words but mostly thanks for sharing your wonderful and inspiring story. You and other amateur climbers are who Steve and I wrote Training for the New Alpinism for and why we subsequently started the UA.com website. We hear similar stories frequently and they make all the work we put into disseminating solid training info worth it.
Some folks are reluctant to contact us for coaching or training info. They often start their emails with something like: “You probably don’t work with folks at my level” or other such “I’m not worthy” language. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Steve and I spent long climbing careers watching ill prepared climbers suffer and sometimes die in the mountains. Our mission is education and giving back so that others can experience the life changing transformation that we (and you) have.
You deserve the real credit here. Words are just words until you put them into action. Our friend Mark Twight has a saying: Talk – Action = Zero.
You translated our words and ideas into action and reaped the results. My hat is off to you for a great job. Now the door is open to more adventures in the mountains.