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“Bagging a peak” is climber-speak for summiting a mountain. Every year, alpine enthusiasts in BC participate in the Baggers Challenge—a competition to bag the most of the 81 peaks that comprise the North Shore Mountains.
Climbers are constricted only by weather, trail conditions and time. For once, James had plenty of that. He'd just sold his cleantech company, dPoint. And early retirement wasn't working out. “All my friends still had to work,” he laughs.
So, he took up solo mountain climbing. The Baggers Challenge led him through a number of transformations. First, he got in great physical shape. Second, he achieved a mental clarity he’d never known. And third, he was struck by a powerful inspiration.