My name is Anthony Zahler and I grew up in the beautiful state of Washington about 25 minutes north of Seattle. Still residing there in the small town of Mukilteo and work in the power industry as a Project manager. Growing up I played sports and was a huge car and motorcycle fanatic. I can thank my dad for these interests. However in the northwest a common outlet which my dad also showed me was hiking. I still remember hiking up Mt. Si at a young age with my dad and not realizing the impact it would later have on my life.
I had no idea how my life would change after I graduated high school. At the age of 18, I found myself down 25 lbs and in the hospital, not knowing what was wrong with me. I can still remember the doctor entering the room telling me the news that I had a chronic condition called “crohn’s disese”. Years after that event I struggled with staying away from the hospital. It felt like every time I would catch back up to being normal I would find myself once again in a room, with a gown, and on a clear liquid diet. Then at 21, I had 1 of 2 surgeries removing a portion of my large intestine.
I have been grateful for the experiences and life lessons it has brought me and to this day I consider myself much more prepared and stronger in life. After I settled into my adulthood. I was able to manage things a bit better through diet, exercise, and understanding what is happening to my body at all times. Really listening you could say. It has been 14 years now and counting and I seem to learn more and more. I hope to share what I have learned so others suffering with this know things can and will get better.
I began to explore climbing and found a local gym to learn what I felt I had been missing. I have been working on bettering my skills in climbing and mountaineering. And I have found it to be some of the most fun any exercise can be. As I use these skills to conquer some fun adventures. I hope to show others in the world that it is possible to overcome challenges and achieve your dreams.