Climbing Higher: Monique Richard and USANA

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Monique on her way to the top of Mount Elbrus

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.

Monique showing her USANA pride at the summit of Mount McKinley

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Comments 5

  1. Wow! Quelle inspiration tu as été Monique hier soir au Séminaire de Nutrition pour gens actifs, organisée par les Directrices Ors, Natalie Dion et Roxane Ouellet, qui était des plus intéressants et bien motivants pour optimiser notre santé ou l’améliorer. Plus de 100 personnes ont eu la chance d’apprendre plein de nouvelles stratégies! Merci à toutes vous autres qui avez orchestré cette belle soirée au chic hôtel Ruby Foos. Pensons et aidons Monique avec sa future fondation et plan de financement pour réaliser un grand rêve!

  2. You GO, girl!

    I’d never hiked before, but started conditioning in February of 2010 to be able to summit Mt. Whitney in a single day by August of that year. We did Cucamonga Peak, Sitton Peak, then San Jacinto (twice) and San Gorgonio before the big one. All ten of us, including Collette Larsen, made it! I was 57, with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. It took forever – 23 hours – but I did it.

    Hiking is ADDICTIVE!!!!

  3. Hi Monique,

    Congratulations on your difficult feat! What an impressive challenge you have overcome. Mountain climbing is such fun and you look like you were enjoying every bit of the torture! 🙂



  4. I’m in awe, Monique. Congratulations on your impressive accomplishments and on your aspirations. I will certainly be watching your progress and cheering you on. Having come to the hiking/climbing party recently, I can relate to your sense of adventure and the love you have for climbing. However, unlike you…I think I’m ready to stick to the lower elevations! Thank you for sharing your passion with all of us.



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