Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Climbing into the New Year

"The first question which you will ask and which I must try to answer is this, 'What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?' and my answer must at once be, 'It is no use'.
There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behavior of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron. We shall not find a single foot of earth that can be planted with crops to raise food. It's no use.
So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for." — George Leigh Mallory, 1922 (last seen near the summit with Irvin).
It snowed all weekend long here in the northeast. I keep reading reports of worst winter in 25 years – bring it on! After shoveling out the kids and I had plenty of fun sledding, snowshoeing and making a snow cave in the front the yard. Winter 2010 photos

MLK Weekend Winter Adventure Lincoln, NH
Flume Gorge Ice Climbing
Winter Franconia Ridge Traverse
Teach kids to ski @ Loon Mountain