of mountains and men | 5

This from our friend Herb Ward, a favourite man-and-mountain quote: “In this modern age, very little remains that is real.  Night has been banished, so have the cold, the wind and the stars.  They have all been neutralised:  the rhythm of life itself is obscured.  Everything goes so fast and makes so much noise, and […]

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The Cragsman In this short span between my finger-tips on the smooth edge and these tense feet cramped to the crystal ledge I hold the life of man. Consciously I embrace arched from the mountain rock on which I stand to the firm limit of my lifted hand the front of time and space: For […]

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“Part of the beauty in mountaineering that has been laid out in so many epic tales is that we set ourselves challenges we don’t know whether we will be able to meet. Then, despite ourselves and against all odds, we go out into these wild places and try anyway. Success and failure are clear. It’s […]

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“There was something subduing in the influence of that silent and awful presence; one seemed to meet the immutable and indestructible, the eternal, face to face, and feel the trivial and fleeting nature of his own existence more sharply by the contrast. While I was feeling these things I was groping, without knowing it, toward […]

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“Eastward the dawn rose, ridge behind ridge into the morning, and vanished out of eyesight into guess; it was no more than a glimmer blending with the hem of the sky, but it spoke to them, out of the memory and old tales, of the high and distant mountains.” JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings