Wolf Retirement Navigation - November 2019



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November 2019

Face the Mountain

How High Is Mount Kosciuszko?

L ate this past August, I took on the Everest Challenge in Snowbasin, Utah. My goal was to hike the Snowbasin trail 13 times, which is the equivalent of climbing the elevation of Mount Everest, without the snow. As you may have heard, I didn’t conquer the mountain. After 10 miles of hiking, I made it four laps — the equivalent of Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in mainland Australia at an elevation of 7,310 feet. The mountain kicked my butt, which is why I plan to go back next year. The Everest Challenge is an amazing experience. I met a lot of great people during the climb. Even just preparing for the Challenge was awesome. I lost some weight and got in pretty great shape. I just have to “up” my training a notch this year. You don’t realize how steep the mountain is until you get there. Even before I started the climb, when I looked up and saw the ascent, I realized I had a lot more training to do. Every lap burned 1,200 calories and made me regret not spending more time on the StairMaster®. It wasn’t just the climb that caught me off guard. I hadn’t prepared for the dry heat. In Florida, when you sweat, you know you’re sweating. Out in Utah, you feel the sweat on your skin for a second Investment Advisory Services offered through Retirement Wealth Advisors (RWA), a Registered Investment Advisor. Wolf Retirement Navigation LLC and RWA are not affiliated. Investing involves risk, including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss in periods of declining values. Opinions expressed are subject to change without notice and are not intended as investment advice or to predict future performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Consult your financial

before it evaporates in the sun. I thought I was drinking enough water to stay hydrated, but I was mistaken. After completing three ascents in seven hours, my entire lower body cramped up. I was suffering from significant dehydration and got so ill that I needed to recover for several hours.

After a period of rest and rehydration, I woke up from a nap feeling a lot better. I looked up at the mountain and challenged myself to do one more lap. My knees and body held up, and I successfully conquered that final ascent. It wasn’t Everest, but I was really proud that I got back up there and reached that milestone. Though I didn’t go as far as I planned, I loved the experience. I know what I need to do now, and I plan on returning to Snowbasin next year to conquer all 13 ascents. It’s cool to think about next year’s hike because I know I’ll get stronger and healthier preparing for it. My first goal is to jog the full 5K of Tony’s Turkey Trot at the end of this month, something I haven’t done in years. professional before making any investment decision. This information is designed to provide general information on the subjects covered; it is not, however, intended to provide specific legal or tax advice and cannot be used to avoid tax penalties or to promote, market, or recommend any tax plan or arrangement. Please note that Wolf Retirement Navigation LLC and its affiliates do not give legal or tax advice. You are encouraged to consult your tax advisor or attorney.

Let me take this moment to thank everyone who offered their support and kind words to me during my prep time as well as during and after my Everest Challenge. It really meant a lot to know so many people were cheering for me. Plus, with your support, we raised $4,800 for JaxPAL. That’s amazing! The Everest Challenge is meant to show you what you’re made of. While I didn’t conquer the mountain this time, I know without a doubt I’m capable of finishing that 13th ascent. I plan on working hard this year, and I will conquer the mountain in 2020.

-Adam Wolf, CPA, CFP ®

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