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Since turning age 59 in 2007, Walter Glover has climbed on five of the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. He climbed on Mount Rainier twice and trekked along the 490 mile pilgrimage across Spain—The Way of St. James, El Camino. A pastoral care hospital chaplain, Walter’s expeditions raised $130,000 to fight childhood obesity in southern Indiana.
The quest was for all the Seven Summits, but that dream was re-imagined after a fall on Mount Rainier showed Walter suffered from three aneurysms in three separate body systems, a medical rarity. One of the aneurysms required open heart surgery.
Glover retired from St. Vincent Hospitals in southern Indiana at age 65. The father of two and grandfather of two, he makes his home in Columbus, Indiana, with life partner Lori Walton, a registered nurse and certified health coach who helped start the weight management clinics for overweight children at his three hospitals.
Glover has worked as a professional, award-winning journalist and also holds a Master’s Degree in Theologic Studies from St. Meinrad Seminary. He is a certified grief counselor. When not on expedition, his retirement activities include providing bereavement support to three groups, including bereft parents.
These compelling stories from the mountains are told from the perspective of a wellness advocate, senior citizen, world traveler, heart surgery survivor, theologian, grief counselor, adventurer, mountaineer, and family man.