Monday, September 26, 2011

Portraits Of Climbers

A series of “portraits” (interviews) with climbers on Denali from a man who spent a month on the mountain this summer with the National Park Service patrol.  Read his interviews here.

Mountaineering is a weird sport that can be both thrilling and ridiculous. We spent twenty-five days walking and waiting to get to a summit that we stood on for three minutes. Then we

walked back down. That sort of elected suffering incorporates many things: patience, determination, ego, grit, money, time, gear, self-reliance, self-absorption, and an anti-stir-crazy serum (in our case, Hearts and Bananagrams).”

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