It must be a very primal thing in man to be in awe of mountains. Great shifts in plate tectonics of the Earth create them.
‘Mallory is famously quoted as having replied to the question, “Why did you want to climb Mount Everest?” with the retort, “Because it’s there”, which has been called “the most famous three words in mountaineering”.’
When you climb a mountain you have the transformational journey of the ascent and you have the view of the world below.
If you meet your wife in a bar or at a library or in a class or wherever you do, and you are asked years later, why did you marry that person, if you said:
“Because she was there,” it might inspire a raised eye brow or a 👋slap 😂
I think it’s okay what Mallory said, yet there is a point I am making here too. Great passion lead to Mallory’s death on Everest. But a greater passion might say: “Because it’s the highest mountain on earth and it has a sort of twinkle ⭐in the eye of its majesty and great beauty and I thirst to see the world from her peak. For me that is a peak experience fully worthy of pursuit.”
Same goal. Different ownership of the meaning of ‘ardency.”
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