is not about summiting, adding to your image, the conquest of nature or
of other humans. If thatís what youíve come for, you will miss out on
the true treasure.
You will become a prisoner of other peopleís
judgment in your desire of proving self-worth. You will climb blinded
and feel an immense failure if not summiting. Or if successful - go
home, celebrate your triumph and fame, and when the lights eventually
are turned towards someone else, end up empty, again chasing new ways to
get the brief applauses and acknowledgments.
Meantime youíll lose who you really are, what you really would like
to experience - should there not have to be that moment of sensation in
it every time. Perhaps you would like to sail around the world -
although it has been done hundreds of time before, learn to paint, or
try to figure out what Dolphins talk about.
It is truly marvelous to accomplish awesome, remarkable things and
explore the unknown. Yet, your dreams should be pursued because they are
sprung out of your own curiosity, not just a desire to impress. Be sure
to climb Everest for yourself. Take great care to live free.
Take the time to really take in the experience.
at the shimmering rocks beneath your feet. Search them for rubies and
gold. Watch the sparkling avalanches in silent camps at night.
Contemplate over the distant stars of the black Universe.
Look out for the imposing, mysterious mountain ghost when the
mountain is projected towards a wall of raindrops. Search for the
dancing rainbow cloud on the summit of Everest at sunrise.
Peer into the black, bottomless crevasses and their strange,
underground worlds. Watch the pinnacles of ice shimmering in turquoise
and emerald green in the icefall. Marvel at the majestic summits of the
Himalayan giants sparkling in the sun at C3.
Listen to the roaring jetwind. Watch the atmosphere darken when you
approach its very edge. Observe the golden brown plateau of Tibet
opposite the green valleys of Nepal.
Make a silent prayer for those you pass by, resting forever in the
brace of Everest.
Look closely into the faces of your fellow climbers, disheartened by
fear, determined by hope, and your own eyes in the mirror when you think
that there is nothing more left in you...
Take the experience back home with you. Forever remember that there
are all kinds of remarkable things in this world to experience, a beauty
and drama beyond our wildest imagination. All we have to do is to let
our minds run towards our dreams, face our fears and try to accomplish
worthwhile. We might succeed or not, thatís not important.
The summit is such a small piece of the mountain. Most of the beauty
and wonders are experienced during the climb.