Bo Parfet keeps on climbing, an interview with Richard Wiese — BOSS Magazine

Challenging Beginnings

In this season 2 episode of “Life’s Tough,” Wiese asks Parfet to start at the beginning. Life was not always easy for Parfet. He battled learning disabilities throughout his school years and struggled with emotional unrest at home. When discussing the challenges that he faced in early childhood, Parfet says that one of his core memories leads back to a second-grade parent-teacher conference. At just seven years old, living with dyslexia and a speech impediment, Parfet overheard his teacher telling his parents that she doubted that he would graduate high school; naturally, he was crushed. He explains that he went home that evening and cried alone in his bedroom.

On Overcoming More Obstacles

Wiese then shares with listeners how he and Parfet met. Parfet approached Wiese as he was putting together a team for a canoe race in Belize. Wiese shares that he was by no means an expert, but Parfet believed that Wiese was his guy. Consequently, Wiese also notes that this expedition was the closest he ever came to dying, and the pair discuss their trip and how unsuccessful they were at even coming close to winning.

About Bo Parfet

Bo Parfet is an adventurer, naturalist, and mountaineer. He is one of 127 people to climb all Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each continent. He has published two books: “Die Trying: One Man’s Quest to Conquer the Seven Summits” and “They Lived to Tell the Tale: True Stories of Mountain Adventure from the Legendary Explorers Club.” (Chapter Author).



Founder & CEO of Denali Venture Philanthropy. Denver, CO

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