Staff, 2022-12-05 19:13:00,
Many people edging toward retirement use their vacation time to do laid-back things like lolling on seaside beaches, chilling by resort pools or taking cruises.
Dr. John Montague, 63, of Carmel Valley, spent his time off in late October through early November by trekking nearly 50 miles in the Himalayas, including the ascent of Kala Patthar, an 18,300-foot mountain.
“I like to hike and I like adventure and this was a wonderful hiking adventure,” Montague said in a recent interview at his home.“Part of the reason I took this trip is that I am heading into retirement and wanted to kick off the next phase of my life with some meaningful adventures. The Mt. Everest Base Camp trip was out of this world. It was an amazing experience.
“It was also the personal challenge of being up at that elevation. The highest I had been before was 13,500 feet and I wasn’t sure 18,500 feet was something I could do. Fortunately, when the time came, I was able to get up there.”
A native of Oakland, Montague’s passion for hiking blossomed in childhood when he went with his family on trips to Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe, including backpacking jaunts with his brother.
After graduating from high school, Montague attended UC Berkeley, then pursued his studies at UCSD before embarking on a career as a clinical psychologist.
He has lived in Carmel Valley since 1991. While maintaining his career…
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