Here is a picture of a great friend (Angelo Felgueiras) that I met 4 years ago. Angelo is standing at the South Pole – wearing the pulk harness I used to get to the North Pole and subsequently passed on to him to use to get to the South Pole. Angelo just completed climbing the 7 tallest peaks on each continent (also known as the 7 summits), and then went to both the North Pole and South Pole to complete what is called the grand slam. He is also the only Portuguese to complete this feat for his country.
I was fortunate enough to go to the North Pole with Angelo and spent considerable time talking to Angelo while we trekked along under our own power through heavy wind and extreme cold. Angelo is the chief pilot at TAP Air Portugal airlines and is an amazing individual. When working towards the North Pole, Angelo had already climbed Mount Everest and the others in the seven summits collection and I very much enjoyed hearing the tales of his adventures.
Angelo helped me understand that anyone can do anything they want if they put their mind to it. He helped me get to the North Pole on his vibe and energy alone. After making it to the Pole, I moved on to climb a few mountains of my own. I owe Angelo a lot for opening my eyes and giving me a real taste for adventure.
Where do I get my inspiration from – the people I meet who have tried great things – failed or not. Sometimes you just need your eyes opened to what is out there – and Angelo sure did that. Here’s to adventure, and thank you Angelo Felgueiras for inspiring me to find a new life in adventure and exploration as well as in business at Tape Ark.