They hiked in the mountains that loom over the city. Grouse is practically in their backyard. Garibaldi is a short drive away. Black Tusk’s alpine meadows and whistling marmots are just a little further into the Coast Range. But Aman likes to stretch himself, so after a decade hiking and trekking with Azita, he began to explore the world of mountaineering. “Climbing is more challenging,” he says. “It offers more pleasure and you test yourself and push yourself.” After Aman made his first Himalayan climb in 2002, they ascended Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2003 together. The next year, Aman again went to the Everest region of the Himalaya and climbed Mt. Ama Dablam (22,349 ft.) with an expedition group. He followed that with ascents of Mt. Baker (10,778 ft.) and Mt. Rainier (14,411 ft.) in Washington State. In the spring of 2006, they both headed for the Himalayas and climbed Mt. Kala Patthar (18,192 ft). In the summer, they followed up with ascents of Mt. Adams (12,276 ft.), Mt Hood (11,249 ft.) and Mt. Shasta (14,179 ft) all located in the Cascade Range in the U.S.
Aman sees mountaineering as a perfect complement to real estate. “They complete each other,” he says. “Climbing gives you confidence also,” Azita says. “It gives you more courage. You know you’re stronger. You can give better service.” Their service goes beyond selling homes. The couple sponsors the education of children in villages they’ve visited in Tanzania and Nepal. At home, Aman trains climbers three times a week to prepare them for their own adventures. Nine of those people from Vancouver’s North Shore climbed to Everest base camp last year and some headed to Kala Patthar in 2006. In January 2008 Aman went to Argentina and climbed Mt. Aconcagua (22,841 ft.). Cerro Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas, and the highest mountain outside Asia. It is located in the Andes mountain range, in the Argentine province of Mendoza. “Climbing is his passion,” Azita says, “and he wanted to share it.” “It’s about reaching new heights, teamwork, setting your goals and doing your best to reach them,” Aman says. The principles apply whether you’re facing a volcanic chimney or a challenging client. Also, the physical and mental activities inherent in climbing relieve the tension of real estate.
“When you’re in the middle of nature, you think bigger.” Aman agrees. “There is no way to conquer a mountain. Such an attitude undoubtedly leads to failure. Instead you must make a partnership with a mountain – soul to soul – and negotiate your way to the top. These are all lessons that can be extended into everyday life.” “We make a wonderful team,” Aman says. “We know we can depend on each other and that creates more confidence,” Azita says. (SOURCE: Article by Rachel Goldsworthy; published in the REM Issue #210 December 2006)