We climbed Mt Rainier last week, and I’m still digesting the whole experience. But damn, what a trip! To say, “It was fun. We bagged a peak.” would be a huuuge understatement. The new people we met, time we spent together, stunning views, physical exertion, crazy weather, lack of cell reception, sketchy “trails”, and achieving a goal that was set almost a year ago; all these aspects added up to an extremely high level of satisfaction on the drive home…and a nagging question of “What the hell just happened?”
In searching for some context, a quick skim of a Mountaineering book led me to two quotes:
“Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of me as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” -Helen Keller
I choose adventure. This one digs a bit deeper….
“While seeking the freedom of the hills, we come face to face with ourselves.”
We’re already planning another climb.