We had the good fortune of connecting with Alan Arnette and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alan, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe that if you live life avoiding death, you are already dead.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I founded Summit Coach in 2016 to help aspiring climbers achieve their goals from a Colorado 14er to K2, Everest, the 7 Summits, and more. I leverage my 37 major expeditions worldwide to coach my clients on all aspects of an expedition. My coaching includes training, gear, nutrition, mental preparation, selecting a guide if needed, and more through regular audio or video calls. My clients have summited Everest, Aconcagua, Vinson, Denali, Rainier, and many other peaks around the world. One of my secrets is that I didn’t summit Everest on my first three attempts but did at age 54 on my fourth. Also, I summited K2 on my 58th birthday, becoming the oldest American to stand on the summit of the second-highest peak. These experiences allow me to speak from my experiences of “non-summits” (not failures because I learned from them) and from pushing hard at an age when most people would consider golf as their only recreational option.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in Fort Collins, we are blessed with great restaurants, brew pubs, local hiking, and of course, only an hour away from Rocky Mountian National Park.
We’d start with a hike to the top of Horsetooth Mountain, followed by a few brews at Zwei Brothers. The next day would have to include SUP on Horsetooth Lake followed by margs at the Rio Grande.
Keeping our busy schedule, an early morning start would include driving to Estes Park and hiking to the summit of Flattop Mountain from Bear lake with dinner at Ed’s Cantina. A rest day would be in order with a lazy day at home with burgers and beer later in the back yard.
We’d end the week with a day trip to Boulder for people watching on the Pearl Street Mall with lunch at Oskar Blues before heading back to Ft. Collins for some evening music at New Belgium brewery.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Alzheimer’s Disease took my mom, Ida Arnettte’s life in 2009 after an 8-year journey. While it took her life, it changed mine forever. Once I began to dedicate my climbing to honor Ida and raise awareness and much-needed money for medical research, my summit rate skyrocketed. I created having an intersection of passion (climbing) and purpose (Alzheimer’s Advocate) for my success.