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  1. 1. Full Potential Show Episode 11:Interview with Johnny Collinson –Youngest Climber to Summit Seven PeaksHello everybody and welcome to the Full Potential Show.Im James Rick and this is your number one non-boringsource for personal development. Today we have a specialguest on our show, Johnny Collinson. Johnny Collinson is onthe line and Johnny has climbed all seven summits of thehighest peaks in the world... is that right, John?Johnny: That is.James: Were going to talk to John today a little bit about his adventures, as well as the storybehind it and how that whole process went. So, John, first of all for the audience that may notbe all familiar with your accomplishments, can you briefly describe what its like to actuallyclimb the seven summits? How difficult of a challenge is that?Johnny: Well, climbing the seven summits is a pretty big feat to the highest peak on eachcontinent. So it takes a lot of drive and focus to keep yourself in the right physical shape and tomentally prepare yourself to travel and to be away from home for two months at a time even.James: So tell me about that, John. How long did you have to prepare for each of the climbsthat you did on average? Full Potential Show Episode 11 Transcript Interview with Johnny Collinson – Youngest Climber to Summit Seven Peaks www.fullpotential.com
  2. 2. Johnny: On average, Id say I was training for about 2 months before I left for Aconcagua, whichis the highest peak in South America and was the first of my seven summits. After that, I trainedfor about 3 weeks before Mt. Everest and throughout the summer I pretty much stayed inshape as we went from peak to peak. I didnt have to train too much between summits.James: Johnny, you sound like a young guy like myself, how old are you?Johnny: Im now 18. I just turned 18 in March.James: So, you summitted all seven of the highest peaks in the world under the age of 18?Johnny: Yes.James: How old were you when you climbed Everest?Johnny: I was 17. We flew to Nepal on my 17th birthday.James: How did you get into climbing at such a young age? I had read at your website that youhad climbed at the age of four... what was the summit that you climbed? Mt. Rainier at the ageof 4. Johnny: Yes, Mt. Rainier is probably the most famous of the climbs that I did at age 4, but we had summitted over 200 large peaks in the continent of the US. My parents got me into climbing at a super young age and just instilled a love for the mountains in me. James: So it was your mother and your father that are big on climbing and they got you climbing at 4 years old. Now, John, what would yousay was the hardest climb out of all 7 of your summits? You know, most people know about Mt.Everest and some of these I cant even pronounce. What would you say was your hardest climbout of all of them?Johnny: None were extremely technical climbs, but Mt. Everest, just because of the sheer sizeof it and the amount of preparation, as well as the altitude. Mt. Everest was probably the mostdifficult summit.James: Did you have any close calls? You know, obviously, this is a very dangerous thing toattempt. Did you have any close calls while you were climbing any of these mountains? Full Potential Show Episode 11 Transcript Interview with Johnny Collinson – Youngest Climber to Summit Seven Peaks www.fullpotential.com
  3. 3. Johnny: We did in Africa. It wasnt on Kilimanjaro, which is the highest in Africa. On the secondhighest peak in Africa, we were doing some rock climbing - having some fun, and Ii actuallycame down with a unique condition called high-altitude pulmonary edema. Its basically - yourlungs fill up with a mucus and liquid. Its pretty dangerous. The only way to counteract it is tomove to a lower altitude. That was probably my closest call.James: How long did you have that condition?Johnny: I had it for only about maybe a weekend. There was really no signs that let us knowthat I was going to come down with it. It was like the super dangerous and fatal symptoms werehitting me so we had to evacuate the camp. I was probably breathing normally and everythingin about ten hours.James: So that was pretty scary?Johnny: Yeah.James: Now, John, so tell me...your parents influenced you at an early age to do climbing andacquire a passion for it. Was there anybody close to you - friends or family - who tried topersuade you to not attempt what you did?Johnny: No, everyone was super supportive, so that really helped me. I might be gone fromhome so much of the time, that none of my friends or family were really disapproving. So it wasa lot easier for me to leave.James: So you had a really supportive family and friends network, so thats fantastic.Johnny: Yeah.James: Were you ever scared? Did you ever doubt yourself that you could do these climbs?Johnny: No, not on the physical level and probably not on the mental level either. I was alwayssuper prepared and ready to go for it.James: So you feel that maybe you didnt have the fear that others would have because youknew that you were super prepared?Johnny: Yeah.James: So, by spending the time to be prepared, you were able, when it came time to perform,you were able to perform - very confident in your abilities. Full Potential Show Episode 11 Transcript Interview with Johnny Collinson – Youngest Climber to Summit Seven Peaks www.fullpotential.com
  4. 4. Johnny: Yeah, exactly. Because weve done a lot of climbing around as a family, weve probablydone some more technical climbing than there was many of the summits.James: Well, everybody, for those of you who are just now listening or watching this on FullPotential, were speaking with Johnny Collinson. He summitted the 7 highest peaks in theworld. We are now talking about his story and all the things that you could learn from hischallenges that might help you prepare for your own summits in your life.So , John, tell me, how much time would you say that you invested in preparation? I know thatyou said a couple of months before every summit, but would you say that this is really a lifetimeof preparation?Johnny: Unbeknowingly, yeah, its definitely been a lifetime of preparation just gaining skillslike physically climbing skills and also just taking on certain things in life and having my own wayof looking at challenges and stuff. But I didnt know until about 4 months before we left forArgentina that I was actually going to be undertaking it.James: You didnt know that you were going to be doing the seven summits? How old were you4 months after you left Argentina?Johnny: Before I left?James: Yeah, how old were you at that time?Johnny: 16James: So youre out there like, "Well, heck, I might as well try to do all 7. Weve done 1, nowwere going to do 7." Was that the thinking behind it?Johnny: Pretty much. Well, the idea was to go for Everest and totry to be the youngest to summit Mt. Everest. It takes a lot ofmoney and preparation to get there, so we wanted to try to testmy skill at high altitude. That was the reasoning behind Aconcagua.After that, we summitted Aconcagua. Then in between, thatswhen the thought process evolved to include all of the 7 summits.James: So, got it. This was in preparation for Everest and then you said, "Well, since wevealready done one, why not knock it out as a big campaign and do all 7."Johnny: Exactly. Full Potential Show Episode 11 Transcript Interview with Johnny Collinson – Youngest Climber to Summit Seven Peaks www.fullpotential.com
  5. 5. James: Thats pretty neat. You started out it was going to be one big goal and you wound upknocking out 7 as part of a bigger goal.Johnny: Yep.James: Thats fantastic. Now, John, did you ever doubt yourself or your teammates in thisprocess? I mean, did you ever feel like it wasnt going to happen?Johnny: No, there was a couple of times when little things would happen like wed miss ourflight or our baggage wouldnt get there on time or something like that. It might have lookedlike a certain peak wasnt going to happen, but I never had any doubts in myself or my team.James: Over the course of your journey, what are the biggest lessons that you think youvelearned? What are the biggest lessons that you share with others about your experience?Johnny: Just because Ive traveled to so many places and a lot of them being very 3rd worldcountries and stuff. Ive seen how people live in those countries and their appreciation for life, even if they dont have a lot of fancy things and a lot of money. So when I come home, I look at our society and how we might treat the planet or how my generation might use their time. So the biggest lesson that Ii get from that is probably getting people to appreciate what the earth has to offer in terms of environmentally and getting kids outside and active.James: You probably have had a lot of time to think up there in the mountains. Would you saythat was a spiritual experience? What thoughts are going on in your head at 10,000 feet abovethe earth and its all just quiet around you...white snow? What are your thoughts in that kindof space?Johnny: A lot of the times, youre just kind of wondering whats going to happen within the nextfew days or the next period of time. So when Im actually on the mountain, a lot of thinking wasdevoted to reaching the summit and the next step in my journey. It wasnt really until the planearrives home that I really get into my experience that i just had and really think about it.James: So, you really dont get time to think about it critically. You just got to do the job, youvegot to get it done. Knowing what you know now, John, do you feel that you may haveunderestimated the time, energy or money required to reach your goals? Do you think you mayhave underestimated how hard it was going to be? Full Potential Show Episode 11 Transcript Interview with Johnny Collinson – Youngest Climber to Summit Seven Peaks www.fullpotential.com
  6. 6. Johnny: No, I kind of went at it with the feeling that it might be harder. I was trying to think ofthe summit as being harder than it might actually be, that way I might be more mentallypreparedJames: So was it easier than you had imagined in your mind?Johnny: Yeah, probably.James: So, I think thats a really great lesson there. Sometimes we might think its going to beeasier to get where we want to go, but I think what you just said is you looked at it like it wasgoing to be harder than it actually was. So you were pleasantly surprised instead of beingsurprised to the negative and wanting to quit because it was too toughJohnny: Exactly.James: John, knowing what you know now, would you do it again?Johnny: If I had the chance to...probably.James: Based on your experience, what lesson could you offer tosomeone who might attempt to do the same thing? Or lets sayeven something big, bold and scary in your life? What lesson outof your life experience would you have for them?Johnny: Just dream big, I guess. My dream was to get to the topof Everest. So I reached that and I went even further. The biggestlesson that I can think of is to dream bigger than what you actually dream about.James: When did you have the dream to climb Everest? At what point did that actually stick outas a goal for you?Johnny: The first time was probably when I was about 9... so pretty young.James: How did you even know about it? How did you even get inspired by that thought?Where were you...give us a picture of when you thought, "Hey, Im actually going to climbEverest". When did that thought occur?Johnny: We were laying in a tent in (???), Colorado and the snow would be coming down sohard on our little shelter and was weighing the whole thing down. Wed have to wake up every Full Potential Show Episode 11 Transcript Interview with Johnny Collinson – Youngest Climber to Summit Seven Peaks www.fullpotential.com
  7. 7. few hours to bang the snow off. If I was like suffering at all Id think about Everest, how muchgnarlier it would be on Everest.James: Were you right?Johnny: We had pretty fair weather when we were there, but I think, obviously, there havebeen some expeditions that have run into pretty major problems because it is a very dangerousplace.James: So in a way, you physically prepared yourself, and you even hardened yourself, againstchallenges that you experienced on lesser mountains by saying, "Boy, if you think this is bad,just wait until you climb Everest."Now, John, where do you think youre going to go from here? This is a significant achievementat a young age. Youre going to be able to...Im sure other people are going to want to hear yourstory. Do you have a path in mind on where youre going to take this from here...are you goingto keep climbing? Are you going to speak? Or where do you think youre going to go with itfrom here?Johnny: Right now, Im trying to reach out and do some motivational speaking and somepresentations. To try to share my experiences and try to motivate youth to get outside and finda passion outside so they can just enjoy the natural world. As well as that, I also have a career infree-skiing, so thats like the extreme skiing stuff. Im doing a bit of work in that as well.James: Now, what about for people who say, "Id love to go out...Id love to go climbEverest...Id love to go and do all this fun stuff youre talking about, but it must cost a lot ofmoney to do some of these things." What would you say to some of these people...or is it right?Does it cost a lot of money to do some of these things that youre doing?Johnny: It definitely does. Its an expensive thing to travel around and climb peak mountains,but my family isnt rich. My dads a ski patrolman here at Snow Bird. Weve just had to reachout...we were frugal, ever since I was a little baby. We had to go into some debt to get me intoall these places, but that didnt stop us from getting us to where we wanted to go. Id advisepeople who wanted to share the same dream as me to just try to make it happen just as muchas they canJames: So youre just saying, get out there and live life and youll make it happen. Dont worryabout necessarily how its going to happen - just make it happen. Full Potential Show Episode 11 Transcript Interview with Johnny Collinson – Youngest Climber to Summit Seven Peaks www.fullpotential.com
  8. 8. Johnny: Thats kind of it.James: Now, John, do you have a blog or book where people can follow your ongoing journeyor gain access into more of your insight as you continue your life path?Johnny: Yes, I have a blog on my website. Its www.johnnycollinson.com. It has my blog andsome photos and updates about what Im doing.James: Are you going to be writing a book about some of your experiences?Johnny: Were working on it.. were trying to get it out there.James: Well, when you do finish it, come back and let us know. Well post it on the website sothat people can pick it up and read it. I know Id love to read it, John. If you ever do finish it, Illbe one of your first buyers.Johnny: Terrific.James: So youve got one sold already. Well, John, its been a real pleasure having you on theshow. Ill update you as soon as we get this posted. Youre an inspiration to so many youngpeople and I do hope that you continue to spread that message of just getting out there, get offyour butt, no excuses, get out there and make something happen with your life. Dontnecessarily worry about the how...just keep focusing on that bigger vision and make it happen.John, its been a real pleasure... thank you so much.Johnny: Thank you.James: Well, thats all for this episode of the Full Potential Show. Our interview with JohnCollinson, the young man 17 years old.. 16-17 years old, who summitted all seven of the highestpeaks in the world, including Mt. Everest. We just concluded ourinterview with him.Some of the key lessons in his interview that I found important wassetting a big goal. He succeeded in not only achieving that goal, but goingeven further once he was on the track to do the climbing of Mt. Everest.Along the way, as he was encountering challenges, he didnt say, "Im notgoing to climb Everest because I can imagine how hard it will be". Hewould challenge himself and say,"If you think this is hard, wait until you Full Potential Show Episode 11 Transcript Interview with Johnny Collinson – Youngest Climber to Summit Seven Peaks www.fullpotential.com
  9. 9. climb Everest". How can you apply some of these lesson into your life, setting a big vision orbeing inspired by even the little challenges that you have knowing that an even bigger challengeahead and looking forward to it?This is the Full Potential Show. Im James Rick. This is your number one, non- boring source forpersonal development. Please be sure and subscribe to these videos to get updates, when wellbe doing more interviews and more episodes for the Full Potential Show.About Full Potential: The Full Potential philosophy is meant to help people operate at the best perspective in any givensituation. It is about options. It is about empowerment. Empowerment feels good. So does investing liferesources in what we truly value. If everyone was living at this level – life would be bliss. To find outmore, visit: www.fullpotential.com.About James Rick: James Rick, also known as “Mr. Full Potential,” is host of the Full Potential Show, Founder of FullPotential Academy, and author of “Unleash Your Full Potential”. James Rick started his first business atthe age of 17, currently employs more than 150 staff around the world, and his businesses havegenerated more than $5 million in revenues over the last 36 months. Full Potential Show Episode 11 Transcript Interview with Johnny Collinson – Youngest Climber to Summit Seven Peaks www.fullpotential.com