Monday, October 25, 2010

Anatoli Boukreev

I'm reading The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev, and I can't put it down.

I started reading more about this extraordinary man, who knew his body and the mountains so well, and had such a beautiful, respectful, simple formula for living and moving in the mountains, and I came across this quote by him:

"Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion...I go to them as humans go to worship. From their lofty summits I view my past, dream of the future and, with an unusual acuity, am allowed to experience the present vision cleared, my strength renewed. In the mountains I celebrate creation. On each journey I am reborn."

Thank you, Anatoli, for continuing to inspire and teach, long after you left us.

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