"Antarctica?! Who goes there?" That's what flew out of my father’s mouth when I told him where I was headed. Having spent all of their lives in Illinois, it was difficult for my family to wrap their brains around what would draw me to such a remote and harsh continent. There were two reasons, really. My primary motivation was to safely climb Mt. Vinson, but secondarily I wanted to share the experience with others who, like my father, who couldn’t envision what the coldest continent was like. This is where ASC comes in. Some would argue that mountaineering is a selfish activity, and I agree that it can be very self-serving. But it doesn’t have to be. Three years ago when I started working with ASC, I realized that by doing what I love, I can help other people. Other people whose primary focus is helping the planet. How cool is that?