The Runner – Brian Hunter

A wise man once said: “It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.” And nothing could more accurately describe the path of Brian Hunter’s life. Abandoned by his father as a young boy and diagnosed with Polio, Brian lived with his single mom in Waco, Texas, where they struggled to make ends meet. He was so sickly, endlessly in and out of hospitals, that he had to be home schooled.  During middle school, he and his mom moved to Boulder, Colorado, and the direction of the sails of his life changed when he saw the mountains for the first time. “It was like emerging from below the water and taking a deep breath of air,” he says.

Although his family tree is plagued with illness, addiction, and mental disease, Brian refused to let those things define him. Instead, he turned to the mountains to discover a new identity. Before long, Brian was rock climbing and mountain biking all over Colorado. By the end of high school, he had successfully summited Washington’s 14,411-foot Mt. Rainier two times. After graduation, Brian began working as a rock and alpine climbing guide and outdoor education instructor in Colorado and then Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Although his wife Lissa and their two school-age children are extremely supportive of Brian’s mission, there have been many people who have not understood this great calling.  Brain states that, “just getting to the starting line was a great accomplishment because of all the resistance we have encountered so far.”

Brian, 40, recently moved back to Jackson Hole, WY, where he stays active, and is an accomplished motivational speaker.

(He’s a nice guy; send him an email, he’ll write back)