Thursday, May 19, 2005

A Thought for the Morning

God knows it isn't often that one finds anything inspiring on morning television — exempting, of course, Ann Curry's amiable stupidity — but I have to say this morning was the exception. On May 12, veteran climber Ed Viesturs became the first American to scale all 14 of the world's 8,000 meter peaks, a feat made even more impressive by Viesturs refusal to use bottled oxygen.

Here's what he said: Sometimes, when all the conditions are right, mountains allow us to climb them.

I had one of those flickers of memory, so real that it was like being swept away to a whole other world. I saw for just a second the view from the top of Pico de Orizaba in Mexico, stretching all the way across the Mexican peninsula from the Caribbean to the Pacific. It was glass-clear and cold, and the clouds were all beneath us. Mountains allow us to climb them...

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