New York magazine caught up with JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon to ask him about an old hiking photo from high school, and in the process extracted this nugget: “When I climbed Mount Elbert, which is the highest mountain in Colorado, I got sick from the altitude. I still finished it, but right before I left I was sitting there throwing up. I sat and rested for like twenty minutes. It was terrible. But after that I was fine.”
Here he is on top of Long’s Peak, which is a little lower than Elbert:
As it so happens, in 2008 I climbed Mount Elbert, which is actually not only the highest peak in Colorado but also, at 14,433 feet, the highest in the entire Rocky Mountains and the second-highest in the continental US, no big deal. It was by far the most difficult thing I have ever done physically, and also pretty much the most awesome thing period. It took all day, my body was in excruciating pain, I scrambled over above-the-treeline rocks for miles at an incredibly high altitude without any kind of equipment, and although getting to the top felt like a “finish” in fact, of course, it was only the half-way point and coming down was harder. Yet in the end, I don’t know if I’ve ever been happier than when I made it to the summit of that mountain.
But the real point is: I DIDN’T VOMIT.