Training gave me confidence in my body, which equaled confidence in my mind.
You cannot stay on the summit forever. So what’s the point? Only this: what is above knows what is below, what is below does not know what is above.
The challenge of ‘every’ is that it’s exhausting. You have to go to the edges, and that act, the act of going beyond the obvious, is where innovation lies.
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These are all silent sports. None requires a motor; none delivers the cheers of a crowd. In each sport, reward comes in the form of hard-won grace and moments of connection between us and nature.
I wonder what is it, exactly, that I expect alpinism will teach me? Today, climbing has shown me a courageous, strong side of myself, a beautiful bravery. Other days I’ve seen pitiful weakness. I’ve watched myself crawl, belly-flat, across a mountainous landscape of fear.
Climbing has shown me that I am all of these things: strong and weak, brave and cowardly, both immune to and at the mercy of the fear of death, all at the same time.