Thursday, July 13, 2017
The Mountain Man of Yardley is at it again!
At 80, Werner Berger is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, for the 7th time. Why? He says, “To celebrate my birthday at the top on July 16, and, of more importance, to inspire individuals of all ages to live their lives with greater Passion, Purpose, Health, and Fulfillment.” He then adds, “This is the launch of ‘Quest736, The Game is not Over (seven summits, seven continents in thirty-six (36) months).’”
We immediately wanted to ask, “What is that all about,” yet checked in with him, in anticipation of your question, “Who the heck is this guy?”.
Well, he is one of your neighbors; a Part-Time Bucks County resident and a Guinness World Records holder as the oldest person on earth to have climbed the seven summits; the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest. We asked him, “Why the heck would you be climbing at your age and planning to re-climbing the seven?” His casual response, “Because I love doing it and to inspire others to live their lives “out loud.””
What we found fascinating, at age 57, he dreamt up a challenge for himself. His Bucket List included hiking to Mr. Everest Base Camp, hiking to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and climbing the Matterhorn. Never did he even think any of this would come to pass.
We have all heard the phrase, “Careful what you wish for.” Well, in Berger’s case he got what he wished for and more. “Did you ever think you’d one day be standing on the top of Mt. Everest.” His instant reply, “No never.” He then followed up with, “At least, not until I had climbed a few of the higher continental points. Only then did the 7-Summits jumped to mind. “
" How old were you when that happened?” He calmly answered, “65.” “And, how old were you when you climbed Mt. Everest?” 69. And now, 10 years he is stepping out to re-climb the seven summits, with Kilimanjaro as the first and all within the next thirty-six (36) months
“What does living your life out loud mean to you?” His response includes re-awakening your adventurous spirit, overcoming the “I can’t do this or that syndrome,” reconnecting with yourself in a meaningful manner – by finding that zest for life we all had as unencumbered children and becoming the leader we were all meant to be – re-bonding with nature and re-discovering the true meaning of “awe?”
He leaves on July 6 for Africa and will be standing onto of the African continent on the morning of his 80th birthday.