Brooke Chesnut grew up in California and learned how to ski at Lake Tahoe when he was three years old. He moved to Colorado in 1979 to finish college at CU Boulder and never left. Brooke quickly focused on climbing all the 14,000 ft. peaks in Colorado because it was such a great way to experience the state.
Brooke lived in Colorado Springs for 16 years and has enjoyed all the community events and wonderful outdoor activities that make Colorado Springs such a great community. Seeing Pikes Peak every day inspired Brooke and kept him focused on climbing to the highest elevations in the state.
After completing the 14ers he set his goals higher and decided to climb the Seven Summits of the World, the highest peak on each of the seven continents. He was happy his family was supportive of this crazy idea! Beginning with Kilimanjaro in Africa in 2002, he has since completed five of the seven summits. Next on the list is a trip to Nepal to climb Mt. Everest in 2018. Then finish with a “vacation” climb in Australia of Kosciusko. Along this journey, he has been so blessed to meet, climb and experience great mountaineers and friends from around the world. The experiences have touched his soul and shaped his life like no other and for that he is grateful.
Aside from Brooke’s climbing aspirations, he’s an inspirational speaker for his vocation and has volunteered extensively in his community. He’s currently a Rotarian volunteer for Project Cure. He has been volunteering for Foundation for Independent Futures and has been committee chairman for Relay for Life, benefiting cancer patients. Brooke has volunteered for Junior Achievement to teach leadership, overcoming adversity and communication skills. He has also volunteered with Denver Public Schools 8th grade career fair. On Pikes Peak, Brooke has been an aid station volunteer at Barr Camp for four Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathons, as well as performed trail maintenance on Barr Trail.
Being inducted into the AdAmAn membership is such an honor for any climber. Although experience and resume is important, the true essence of the club is camaraderie, friendship and leadership values. These principles are what drew him to climb as a guest for six years and he is excited to lead this year’s climb to the summit of Pikes Peak!