Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.
Near the foot of the mountain we visited a yogi who dwelled in a hollow tunneled beneath a boulder. He pondered our notion of climbing Shivling and said: 'First travel, then struggle, finally calm'.
The mountain is nothing without people on it. Often you part expedition exasperated, but a year or two later you go back with the same partners knowing there's potential in this human relationship.
If we ever have children and they become climbers I'll tell them, Stay away from expeditions. They'll make you poor and neurotic.
Maybe Himalayan climbing is just a bad habit, like smoking, of which one says with cavalier abandon, must give this up some day, before it kills me.
The mountains are beautiful but they are not worth dying for.
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