After completing the pilgrimage known as The Way of St. James, an ancient path winding 1,600 kilometers through France and Northern Spain, Monique Richard realized, as many people might, that she was ready for a change in her life.
For Monique that change came as she fell in love with walking and hiking. She loved it so much that when she returned to her home in Montreal, Québec, she quickly changed career paths and become a postal carrier.
“It was at that point I knew I wanted to start climbing mountains,” Monique said. “And after that, there was really no looking back!” Monique set a goal for herself to achieve the ultimate ambition of all mountain climbers — climbing the Seven Summits.
The famed Seven Summits include the highest mountain in each of the seven continents. Reaching the top of these natural behemoths is one of the most challenging athletic pursuits one can strive for.
And Monique is now more than halfway there.
Having already summited Aconcagua in South America, Europe’s Elbrus, and Kilimanjaro in Africa, Monique embarked on Mount McKinley earlier this summer. “Climbing McKinley confirmed to me that I am on the right path in trying for these seven summits,” she said. When (“not if,” she says) she accomplishes her goal, Monique will be the first woman from Québec to have climbed all seven peaks.
Though an inner drive and passion motivate Monique to continue climbing higher, she credits USANA® products for helping her get to the top. “As an athlete, I wouldn’t trust my health to anything other than USANA,” she said. “I need the best quality available, and I find that with USANA.”
Every morning and night on her climb to the summit of Mount McKinley, Monique took her MyHealthPak™. “I felt a huge difference and I had lots of energy to keep me moving,” she said.* Monique also loves the Nutrimeal™ shakes and Nutrition Bars. “They taste great and they are so practical,” she said. “They are my food of choice at high altitudes.”
With only three more summits to go (Carstensz in Indonesia, Vinson Massif in Antarctica, and, of course, Everest), Monique Richard is primed to make history. She is proud to have the support of USANA products and the entire USANA family as she climbs her way to the top of the world.