Watching the season on #Everest from afar…

Watching the season on #Everest from afar...

Watching the season on #Everest from afar has been an exercise in mixed emotions. I’m incredibly proud of the efforts and successes of my friends and teammates – @coryrichards & @melissaarnot for reaching the summit without oxygen, & @adrianballinger for making the perhaps bolder (certainly tougher) decision to listen to his body and turn around; @thom.dharma.pollard for realizing a long held dream to reach the top, and doing it with the usual poise and prose; @kentoncool for tagging the top again (#12), and Brent Bishop @chadpeele too; Lhakpa Sherpa for breaking her own world record with a 7th summit; and so many more. And yet, mixed in with pride is the sorrow of more needless loss of life, souls snuffed in the pursuit of something on the one hand abjectly meaningless, and on the other profoundly essential. It’s perhaps not the desire to climb that is to blame for this melancholy, but instead the fixation on the summit as the sole index of success and validity. As #Mallory said: “Have we vanquished an enemy? None but ourselves…” Or, in the words of Rob Parker: “In a sense everything that is exists to climb. All evolution is a climbing towards a higher form. Climbing for life as it reaches towards the consciousness, towards the spirit. We have always honored the high places because we sense them to be the homes of gods. In the mountains there is the promise of… something unexplainable. A higher place of awareness, a spirit that soars. So we climb… and in climbing there is more than a metaphor; there is a means of discovery.” #liveyouradventure

Mount Everest

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