We caught up with Hive athlete Tommy Danger and learned a little bit his passion: High Altitude Mountaineering.
Park City, Utah, and Anchorage, Alaska
High altitude mountaineering
What is high altitude mountaineering (HAM)?
HAM is mountaineering or climbing peaks at 14,000 feet or higher. The best description from a climber is “climbing when it hurts to breathe.”
How did you get into HAM?
I got into it for charity so I could help raise awareness for a genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis. I started high altitude mountaineering in 2013 and have gotten addicted and just love being in the mountains in the middle of nowhere.
What drives you to do what you do?
I love learning how the body adapts to different circumstances physically and mentally. Pushing your mind and body to new levels is something that I strive to do on a daily basis.
When do you fuel?
If it’s a big climbing day, I’m loading up every hour so that I don’t bonk.
Favorite Honey Stinger product:
Organic Cherry Cola Energy Gels
Favorite place you have adventured:
It’s a tough tie between Antarctica and Denali because you truly feel like you are on a different planet when in both places. It’s so vast, beautiful, and magical.
Goal for the future:
Finish the Seven Summits, climbing the highest peak on each continent (only Everest left), and then look at the next project, which might be going after the High Pointers record in 2020. High Pointers is the highest peak in each state. The record attempt starts when you hit the first peak and ends when you hit the last peak. My goal is 39 days in a perfect world. The current record is 41 days.
Most embarrassing moment on the mountain:
I was giving myself a baby wipe bath in the tent, when my buddy came right in…..I was in happy baby pose.
Greatest personal accomplishment:
Number one is, of course, having my daughter Mayzie Soleil Danger. If we are talking activities, it’s biking across the country and then running across the country.
What is your profession?
Besides climbing, I help run the More Than Just Me Foundation as well as being a motivational speaker. The More Than Just Me Foundation is a non profit that uses adventure to drive awareness to different causes around the world. Each athlete gets to choose which cause they want to help.
Do you have any habits or routines?
I’m an early bird kind of guy, so I like to get up and get moving. I usually wake up and pick up all of the toys that my daughter left from the night before and then head to the gym to get a good start on the day. Before I leave I take our pup, Boo, out and kiss my wife on the forehead as she sleeps.
Words of wisdom:
Failure is life. Instead of looking at it as a bad thing, see that it’s how we learn best.