95 to Infinity

Hellbent on backcountry skiing, brothers Mike & Andy Traslin have been earning their turns every month of the year for the last 95 months in a row. That’s nearly 8 years of skiing! They admit to enduring some Type II fun in pursuit of their passion, but otherwise it seems like it’s been more positive than negative.

Everyone needs to watch this video for two reasons. First: the cinematography. The filmmakers show us how impressive and effective a drone can be at capturing incredible footage. Some of the glacier shots are remarkable!

Second: it’ll get you thinking about what it takes to succeed at your BHAG. To ski this much and this consistently, I’m sure they had to cut out all other distractions.

“I’m too busy” was never an excuse.

Some of my friends joke that they do a lot of things at the 5.9 level – better than a rank beginner, but not an expert by any stretch. We can totally live like this, but to do something truly amazing, I think we have to focus on that one thing. It will be hard to accomplish much if we’re also doing Crossfit and riding our mountain bike and going to barbecues every night and having a family and a job and a new car and a perfect lawn and and and.

Being awesome requires deciding what’s important, and then doing that. Relentlessly.

I’m not saying that enjoying distractions and being sort of good at what you want to pursue is bad. This is just a reality check that to be great at something or do something really hard takes a different kind of dedication than we usually apply to our lives.

As Mike says in the video, “It’s always worth it.”


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