#Mountains have always been a place of…

#Mountains have always been a place of...

#Mountains have always been a place of contemplative solitude for me, a realm which forces me out of modern-world norms and into the world where we humans have little control, and are but small parts of this stunning machine called earth. It’s a humbling place and feeling in the best of ways. On the flight home from New Zealand, I was re-reading Robert #MacFarlane’s “Mountains of the Mind”; he writes, perfectly: “Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction – so easy to lapse into – that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.” #liveyouradventure #robertmacfarlane #mountainsofthemind #WeLoveMountains #mountainlove #newzealand #bestmountainartists

Wanaka, New Zealand

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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