John Olson was diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age, but with a little help from his father, he has been able to achieve his dream of climbing mountains. Together the two have climbed 10 peaks and are set to scale Mount St. Helens this week.

John’s father, Tom, explained his son’s connection to the mountains, saying that John has struggled both medically and socially throughout his life, and “when John would go up to the mountains as a young boy, he always had a feeling for nature and it released all his tension. And now with the climbing, it’s just amazing how it releases his tension.”

John stressed that he wanted to inspire others with epilepsy, saying, “They don’t have to be afraid of hiking or climbing.”

He talked about his quest to climb Mount St. Helens, saying, “It’ll be really phenomenal doing it.”