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Ladies, I am emailing you all today to withdraw from the team. I no longer feel that this expedition is right for me. I do want to thank everyone for giving me the opportunity and believing in me enough to be a member of this team, and to be a part of the incredible training that we have done. I’ve gained great skills and knowledge that I do not believe I ever would have received otherwise. This experience has shown me that my love of endurance athletics can be pushed even further than I imagined. You all are amazing women that I likely never would have met, and I’m grateful for the time I was able to spend with you. I do hope that I can spend more time with you all in the future.

Please let me know when/where I can return all of my gear. I want to give everyone who donated to my personal GoFundMe page the opportunity to have their donations refunded. If not, I will send you what I collected (after the fee was subtracted is was about $160).

Ladies, I wish you all the best of luck and safety during the rest of your training and your summit attempt. I will be cheering you on and rooting for you! Let me know if there is anything I can ever do for any of you.

Don’t be silenced,

Chris

I sent this out on Friday, October 26th to withdraw from the Denali team. It was a decision that I thought long and hard about and most likely bugged the crap out of all of my friends, seeking advice.

This expedition no longer was a good fit for me and no longer aligned with my integrity and values. I won’t talk about many specifics but I wasn’t willing to accept that my role was only to “raise as much money as you can and get mountain fit.” I will never allow someone to continually speak down to me, not for any experience or opportunity. I wish these ladies all the best and will be rooting for them next year! Go sheros!

This whole process was very hard and life consuming. I’m not sure that I would decided to take on something so consuming again.

However, this experience lit a fire up in me and I am very grateful that I was able to go through those trainings and meet those amazing women. I certainly wouldn’t give that back. More amazing opportunities will come along.

Thank you to everyone who followed along and supported me through this journey. It means the world to me.

Stay tuned for my new and exciting 2019 goals!!

Chris

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Well, shucks. Like so many of us, I was so looking forward to seeing you on top of that mountain. We don't always get to do what we want, for one reason or another (or perhaps several reasons), and have to make the best decisions we can with what life throws at us. Onward and upward.

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You had the self-awareness to recognize that something wasn't right, and made a difficult choice. It sounds like a good decision. And your letter to the group is gracious, positive, and to-the-point. On to 2019!

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I'm sure that was a tough decision - but it must be a relief to have made it. Many adventures ahead!  

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Glad you had the strength to make the tough decision. Lots of positive experiences, I'm sure, that you can carry over into the next adventure.

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aw I'm sorry.. but doesn't sound like a good situation, better out of it.. 
best for the next venture ! 
 

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I can only imagine the things you did have the opportunity to learn during your experience with the team. Cheers to the next chapter! 

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