kevin prefers climbing mountains rather than ladders

Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013

Even if a hiker dared to mount each peak in Washington State, he still would not mount all the mountains in the state, according to rowdy prisoner, Kevin.  Washington is salted with hundreds of snow-capped mountains.  Most famous for Mr. Rainier, Washington is where Kevin spent several years traipsing trails, exploring new areas and embarking on outdoor adventures. His love for nature did not blossom in Washington; growing up, he spent time biking in the Texas terrain, where he earned his Eagle Scout.

“There’s no drama,” he says, plain and simple when I ask him why he feels so connected to nature.  While other friends were busy with football practice and other competitive sports in high school, Kevin connected with the mystery of serene settings.   Remembering his younger years, Kevin’s eyes grow misty thinking of the difference between human competition and nature.


 Yes, trees are competing for sunlight and bugs are competing for food, so it’s a quiet competition.  I love the quiet.


An extroverted person, one would think he spent most excursions with large groups.  While time was spent alongside fellow hikers, scouts and athletes, Kevin says, “three days by myself was really healing for me.  Camping is not sitting around a campfire and getting drunk.”

Ironically, years down the road, Kevin spent his time drinking and making wines in the Sonoma vineyards.  He decided to transition from the military to a slower paced lifestyle regardless of what his peers and mentors advised.  He admits this is not the first time he’s left a nice paying, high-level job.  I ask him how and why he is able to make difficult decisions, despite what others think.



Never stop listening to the little voice inside.  As soon as you do that, you’ve lost your way.


Kevin’s passion and innate skill for navigation hasn’t led him astray yet.  Along with listening to his inner voice, he has benefited greatly by learning land navigation, whether by using landmarks or a map and compass.  “In a past life, I would have been a Native American,” he says. Although he couldn’t come up with a name on the spot, when I asked him what his Native American name would have been, he says it would have meant something signifying “my compassion and ability to listen, but to be a good leader.”

A night owl himself, Kevin even enjoys treating himself to an occasional midnight run.  He relates the calm he finds in the dark to that of the peaceful ocean seafloor. ” The first time you put on a snorkel or go scuba diving and you can see underneath the dark abyss of the ocean and you realize there is nothing scary down there, it’s just a bunch of fish.  You spend days on a boogie board wondering what was going to nibble off your toes.  Then you get under there and realize it was all a bunch of really friendly little fish.  It’s the same thing at night.



When you get out in nature, the number of stinging spiders or man-eating wolverines is very few.  I have more of an appreciation and relaxed mind about it than being scared about it.


Whether running into Kevin at night, on a daytime hike, his presence is unique.  Like the mystery of an eagle’s watch or a deer’s delicate gaze, Kevin looks into you, diving in deeply and warmly.  This rowdy prisoner appears as stately and free as an eagle soaring over the highest of peaks.


feature image provided by Jade Webber


  1. Wow! This is a great story. I want to peak Rainier!

  2. I know. I would love to as well, especially after hearing about the inspiring stories from Kevin.

  3. What a great story! I think I may have found Kevin’s Native American Navajo name…Aditsan. It is a boy’s name meaning “Listener” but not only that, as I read about the name, it also embraces being a leader, having great knowledge, and being inspirational. I think that sounds like Kevin!

    So, if you care to read more about Aditsan, here is: About his potential, Aditsan, Listener, is endowed with the wonderful characteristic of multi-talents and versatility. He can do many things well. In his drive to attain constructive freedom he will likely be the master of adaptability and change. Aditsan is good at presenting ideas and knowing how to approach people to get what he wants. Naturally, this gives him an edge in any sort of selling game and spells easy success when it comes with working with people in most jobs. His popularity may lead Aditsan toward some form of entertainment or amusement. Whatever Aditsan does, he is clever, analytical, and a very quick thinker. Concerning his desire, much of Aditsan’s thinking and interests relate to the abstract, spiritual and utopian dreams. Aditsan is motivated toward idealistic concepts and the sharing of his ideas and concepts with humanity. He desires to help mankind with a more abstract commodity such as religion, spiritualism…. Aditsan has a dream of the perfect world; highly idealistic and inspirational. His inner strength and devotion to his beliefs are extremely strong. Aditsan has a very good mind that is especially well equipped to handle the higher, more abstract forms of thought.

  4. I love this name, Aditsan. You are right – it very much explains so many qualities found in Kevin- being the master of adaptability, analytical, carrying an inner strength and of course, being an incredible listener. Thanks to you, I think we found the name we were looking for!

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