My name is Dave Williams, I’m 32 years old and live in New Zealand. A few years ago my life came to a crossroads… I was in search of a new adventure, one that would test my limits both physically and mentally. At the time a good friend mine, Ryan, invited me on a sea to summit of Mt Taranaki from the West Coast and it was here where the idea of sea2summit7 was born. The overall goal being to become the first person to climb the highest mountain in each continent from the nearest feasible coastline. I soon realised that this adventure was about more than just challenging myself, I wanted it to be about something bigger and better than that too. I had recently lost two friends, both with adventurous spirits, to depression and as a school health teacher I have witnessed daily the importance of the issue that is male mental health in New Zealand. Too often we try to tackle all our mountains in life alone, brought up with the “she’ll be right” attitude and thus prevented from asking for help.
And so the inspiration to complete this adventure truly began, with the aim of raising $100,000 and awareness for the Male Mental Health Foundation, and to write about every great, hard, brilliant, petrifying moment of it, no “she’ll be rights” in sight. My hope was that these mountains would be a team effort, my steps but your support.
When the going gets tough i have the ability of being able to walk away from the shadow the mountain casts, but those who battle depression do not have this luxury.
“two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” Robert Frost