Interview with Jeremy McGhee

Jeremy McGhee is an adventure seeker and a strory teller – and one of the coolest dudes on the planet as far as I am concerned.  He’s climbed mountains, given a TEDx speech, and he even re-tweeted me (It was only once but still..). I was able to get a few moments of his time and fire off some questions about his life-changing conquest near Mammoth Lakes (California) and some other questions which I doubt anyone has ever asked him before.

I became interested in Jeremy’s story shortly after I saw a teaser on YouTube and have followed him along his journey ever since. I just thought he was a bad-ass dude who overcame a lot always had a smile on his face, and we all have a lot to learn from him.

 

Q: Let’s say you are being chased by the cops and have a 12 pack of PBR next to you, and you are 3 miles from Mexico (And a clean get-away). What song is playing on the radio?

Highway to the Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins

Jeremy P. McGhee Jumping

 

Q: what do you wish more people understood about you and your goals?

I’m not that good of a skier and I don’t care to be. I’m not competitive. As I get older, it’s all about the adventure and enjoying it with people I love. Less about being good, or going bigger and better. Less ego. Don’t expect me to be good. Expect me to be fun.

Q: As you were climbing Bloody, did you ever think of quitting? What powered you through to complete this?

Yes, I actually did quit at one point. My body had shut down, a pinched nerve causing my left arm to lock up. I can’t explain what powered me through. All I can say is that the human will to survive is a powerful innate thing at rest within all of us, just waiting for the chance to prove itself.

Q: After conquering Bloody, what’s the next thing you want to do?

My first thought after doing Bloody was that I wanted to do it again…better. For the next Drop IN film, looks like we are going to Bolivia for a little DH MTB sesh on ‘The Most Dangerous Road in the World’ and a kayak down part of the Amazon.

Q: It’s 10 pm on Saturday and my plane just landed in Vegas. I call you. Where are you, who are you with, and what are doing?

With two hot girls, shooting M16s at the shooting range. Obviously.

Q: What’s the dumbest thing anyone has ever said to you?

Is that a BLACK lab? Referring to my very black Labrador retriever

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you received that you rarely follow?

Take care of your body. I pretty much thrash myself.

Q: You have 24 hours to live, what do you do? Money is no option

Paddle out at Bells Beach during the 50 Year Storm

Q: You have the ability to go back and have a 2 minute conversation with yourself when you were 15 years old. What do you say?

You’re so money and you don’t even know it. You’re like this big bear with these claws and these teeth and with this you don’t know how to kill the bunny.

Q: What do you enjoy the most about getting out on the mountain (Speed/sunshine, hanging out with buddies, etc.)?

Being healed. When I’m out there, it’s as if there is no chair.

Q:W hat’s 1 place you haven’t ridden but want to?

Alaska

Leave us with your favorite quote or final thought, please.

“Only put off today what you are willing to die having left undone.” -VanGough

You can read more about Jeremy on his website or follow him on his Facebook page or Twitter.