GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans (center, in black outfit) topped out right where he wanted to be early Thursday morning: At the summit of Mt. Rainier in Washington state. If you're counting, that's 14,410 feet.
"There are certain places in the world where you can stand that change the way you look at things. On top of Mt. Rainier is one such place," Evans says.
Three years ago, Evans reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, which is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. This past week, perhaps the biggest challenge in the climb was wind. "Because we were in the middle of a windstorm, our visibility was poor. But that did not dampen our enthusiasm," he says, adding "while Mt. Kilimanjaro is much higher, Mt. Rainier is much more difficult."
At the summit, Evans achieved one other objective, thanks to a few extras that he packed for the climb.
"I did not have much time on the summit but was able to hit a couple golf balls nonetheless,"Evans says.