In light of me crossing another two mountains off my list on the 9th and 10th of September it got me thinking about why people climb mountains…
Now I’m not going to try and put such a vast topic into my own words just yet, but I have found some excellent quotes that align with me.
These first three come from the book “Don’t Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies” by Kathy and Craig Copeland.
“Though unaware of it, human beings exist on the thin seam of extremes: earth, and atmosphere. Only on a mountaintop does this dawn on us. Only then does it exhilarate us. Our reality doesn’t shift when we climb a mountain, but our perspective does. So be it. If that’s what it takes to open our eyes, let’s climb. But for mere hikers to climb it can’t be just any mountain. The climbing must be merely ascending, not dangling from ropes. And the mountain should be close enough to much bigger mountains, so we can revel in the rewards of climbing without assuming it’s risks. (Pathetic, but true.)” p129
“The desire to explore is bred in the bone. Hiking fulfills that desire for many of us.” p149
“To promote peace, to advance social justice, to foster more soulful living, we need new ideas. But we won’t find them by hunkering longer at the office, behind the newspaper, or in front of the TV. To change the world, we must join it. We must get outdoors where we can see, hear, feel what’s happening around us. The answer is to walk. It can shift your awareness to the here and now. It’s the optimal pace for allowing your senses to appreciate your surroundings. And, by emulating the rhythm of your beating heart, it balances and centers you, inducing clarity and focus. Walking, anywhere, will open you to what really matters.” p152
“One cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: what is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.” Rene Daumal
“What is hard to endure is sweet to remember” Unknown
So with those deep thoughts I’d like to leave you with a bit of a photo diary of the last couple of days…
First up, Hardisty.
And now from Pyramid.
Until next time.