Memento Mori and Moderate Mountaineering
Looks like a decent scramble ;-)
I’m in the “oh fuck no” camp - and I’m not leaving.
I pulled a muscle just reading that. ;)
Love the metaphor for life’s challenges. For me it was spinning an airplane!
As I get older, my mind is saying more and more to me, "Yes, go do that!", while my body is saying, "I don't think so." It used to be the opposite, which is odd I guess since as young men we tend to be more reckless all around. I find myself wanting to disconnect from work more and wanting to connect with nature and a world that doesn't involve cubicle walls and a computer. It provides so much more inspiration for writing... you've definitely added some inspiration for this week's post. Thanks, Tom!
Great memories Tom! Thanks for digging this little adventure out of the mental attic to think about again. You’ve inspired me to consider hitting it once more this year!
This. Just subscribed. Thanks for the surface on this Brian!
Looks magical and I learned a new word: hellaciously. Always happy to read about mountains!
I think your daughter and I speak a similar language. Truly awesome in the plainest sense of the word - the feat and the views!
Wow, just wow, Tom! SUCH an enthralling read!
We found ourselves in Snowdonia, north Wales, last week, and had a great time watching small groups of climbers scaling what looked like sheer rock faces. Absolutely amazing!
Definitely something I'd leave for others to enjoy - I'm afraid climbing isn't on my list of 'must-dos'!
Really enjoyed this! As a walker (certainly not a climber) who spent my pre-UK lifetime in the NC mountains, a lot of it spoke to me - especially the difference between the trailhead and the end! Have you read Robert Macfarlane's Mountains of the Mind? A great exploration of how attitudes towards mountains have changed - and the penultimate chapter where he takes you on Malory's three attempts at Everest is worth it alone.
Glad you were able to command the summit.
That looks SO amazing. I'd love to do a climb like that, but I'll need a lot of practice first. Many years ago, my husband and I did the Presidential Traverse in New Hampshire, and we loved it.