Former UW Husky seeks healing, productively climbs 7 Summits

A former University of Washington and retired NFL player ended up pursuing a much greater aspiration.  

In May perhaps, Mark Pattison grew to become one of the to start with former NFL players to climb the 7 Summits, the optimum peaks on each individual of the seven continents. 

About nine a long time in the past, Pattison was going via a “rough patch” in his daily life when he recognized he essential some thing to assist him get by the challenging periods. 

“And at the close of the day, for me, I required anything big to pull me out of that hole,” claimed Pattison.

What the former Husky and NFL player finished up accomplishing was not just big, it was historic.

“Of training course, I imagined it would be 7 a long time and 7 mountains and you know, Covid strike and that shut down the earth final calendar year,” explained Pattison. 

That was not the only problem Pattison confronted. Destructive-80 degree climate in Alaska induced him to attempt to climb Denali twice. Then, he weathered snow blindness in a single eye when climbing Everest and even shed 25 pounds. 

“I’m on the mountain, and I was in above my head, and I was hungry, I could not see. And I failed to know how I was going to get up this tremendous steep mountain, and it will get pretty treacherous to the top,” mentioned Pattison. “And it was just like … you cannot quit, you acquired to retain heading and only emphasis on what matters on this distinct instant. And, which is the only point that issues. And, so that is a wonderful instance of me tapping into the old Don James way of actually successful championships, acquiring throughout the purpose line, and currently being there, you know, in 1 piece, and you know, for that all over again, I’m incredibly grateful.”

What began in 2013 by summiting Mount Kilimanjaro culminated at the major of the Himalayas past thirty day period – a last climb dedicated to his now 22-calendar year-outdated daughter, Emilia, who has epilepsy. 

“She’s had to sacrifice a great deal of matters: she just cannot drive, experience a bike, be on the monkey bars, you know, the factors that most tiny young ones do and then developed to in conditions of driving,” claimed Pattison. “She aided propel me … if she can do it, I can do it,” he reported. 

Alongside his journey, Pattison raised funds and awareness for people today with epilepsy. And whatsoever comes future, he claimed he’s geared up with a frame of mind that could benefit us all. 

“It normally takes a minor additional to make a champion. And I feel it’s really quick to for all of us just to kick back again and, you know, enable life come at us or you can assault daily life. And it is been my preference to go daily life entire gusto and take on challenges,” mentioned Pattison. 

To discover about Pattison’s journey and philanthropy, take a look at his website in this article

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