Carrie, Adam, Benjamin and I, along with our friends Patrick and Andreas from Sweden, two other visiting climbers, and guided by Adrian, summited Ccampa Nevado (18,015 feet). Using ice axes, crampons, and ropes, drinking in the little oxygen available, placing one foot in front of another, we were rewarded with an incredible sense of accomplishment and one of earth’s most spectacular views. The poem below was written by an Italian that successfully climbed Mount Everest and tragically died climbing a mountain in Peru.
THANK YOU MOUNTAIN
For giving me life lessons,
By struggling I learn to enjoy rest,
By sweating I learn to appreciate
a sip of fresh water,
Tired, I stop to admire the wonder of a flower,
the freedom of a flight of birds,
to breathe the scent of simplicity.
When I am immersed in silence,
I see myself in the mirror. Scared I admit
my need for truth and love.
Through suffering I taste the joy of the peak,
And those things that lead to happiness,
that are only obtained with effort.
Those who do not suffer;
can never understand.