Jul 10, 2014 • By

Ain’t no mountain high enough

Jen Loeb knows what it feels like to be on top of the world.

An avid mountain climber who works at our facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jen has a mission to climb the “Seven Summits” – which describes the highest peaks on each of the earth’s continents.

This Sunday, July 13, Jen embarks on a climb to the top of Mount Elbrus.

Elbrus is in the Caucasus Mountains in southwest Russia. Although it lies on the border between Europe and Asia, it’s considered by many to be the tallest mountain in Europe.


In the latest MyStory, hear what motivates Jen to scale the highest mountains in the world – especially for someone who lives in the middle of the U.S., far away from tall peaks.

In total, she’s climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska, Aconcagua in Argentina, Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid) in Indonesia and Mount Kosciuszko in Australia.


After successfully summiting Elbrus, the only peaks standing between Jen and reaching her goal will be Mount Everest on the border of Tibet and Nepal, and Mount Vinson in Antarctica.

Jen graciously shared some of her breathtaking photos from past expeditions. View a slideshow of photos here.

To learn more about Jen, read this previous blog post on her endeavors.

How does Jen inspire you to tackle goals and challenges in your life? Big or small?

Please leave a message of encouragement for Jen in the comments section of the blog.

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Editor’s Note:  On July 27, 2014,  Jen arrived safely home in Iowa after successfully climbing Mount Elbrus. The climb took 10 hours and 45 minutes to get from base camp to the summit and back again to base camp.