"I will not be going up again to be twice the fool,
but once is a foolish pleasure unmatched elsewhere
is one of my favorite quotes; an e-mailed reminiscence of a climb
made back in 1970. Used with permission.
in this world can be more horrible, more atrociously dismal, than the
cindered tip of the Lotus as you stand upon
it." Wow! What's
this? How about a line from an article written ... in
1898! Go to my links page to read
aimed to have no goal except to just hang out with the mountain,
and get to know it a bit, not necessarily to conquer it."
From another story you can read at my links page.
"Considering my shoes are wrecked, my legs hurt, I have
a headache, and my shorts are ripped to shreds ..... it was
Another favorite; I've been carrying this one around since
'92. Finally ..... a place to show it off!
never imagined I could get sunburned behind my ears!"
never imagined I could get so dirty!" Many
iterations of this one.
jacket felt like a parachute ....."
didn't know there would be so much rock climbing."
????? Must have found a new route!
saw 11 people in a group, with only 2 flashlights ....."
This was in
reference to a group descending in the darkness. I'm really
trying to control my urge to make a politically incorrect
public comment here ...
memory of that [Fuji climb] is not a happy one right
now." It gets better after you
recover, and get your film developed.
hill [?] never ended. It was so depressing."
time I thought I was getting close, I looked up and saw another
mile [?] I had to go."
"The descent was tougher than the
of this one, too.
am so happy that I don't have to do that again ..... When I reached [the]
5th station in Subashiri I shouted out loud!"
Imagine that ... enough energy left to shout for joy!
don't want to see Mt. Fuji anymore. I just want my
there.....Done that.....Got the stick!" A
profound finality, if I ever heard one.
Just for fun, and a
completely unfair (unequal) comparison, check out these quotes
from some of the men and women who have achieved the goal of
Everest. Here's a