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Monday, April 14, 2014
Why We Climb: Piolet d’Or Honorees on the Value of a Life in the Mountains
By: Ian Welsted
This article is about the Piolet d’Or and the pride and respectfulness
that go along with being a participant in the inherently anarchic sport of
mountain climbing. It provides a wise
outlook on how things should be perceived and thought about in both the everyday
life, and the unordinary life. A
delightful piece to read to say the least.
article starts off talking of a charter that has been written up by the
organizers of the Piolet d’Or which emphasizes the spirit and sustainability of
alpinism as well as provides some guidelines about respecting cultures and the
environment. Then is talked of a few
winners at the Piolet d’Or; a Swiss speed climber by the name of Ueli Steck
that pushed boundaries of what was thought to be possible on the South Face of
the 8,000-meter Annapurna, and the two writers that wrote the article who
climbed an unclimbed 7,000-meter peak in Pakistan. It is through near death experiences that
these climbers have had and all the wisdom that comes with it, stumbled upon
was the idea that there’s no use going to the mountains and nature, if you do
not return. The era of the heroic
warrior climber that climbs himself to death is over, and we must now find ways
that we can sustain ourselves, like we do our environments. Because the greatest thing is growing old
with these memories, not just the memories alone.
a bit of me fell in love with this article and thought. As I plan on possibly trying to become
involved with the climbing community and journalism along with it, it was great
to see a piece that provided such thought-out inquiries and questions. It then even goes a bit farther and gives the
reader a moment to think on how the best part of their memories really is
having the chance to grow and reflect with them. It isn’t always just about life in the
moment, but rather how those combined moments change you as a person.
Welsted, I. Why We Climb: Piolet d'Or Honorees on the Value of a Life in the Mountains. March 30, 2014. Beyond the Edge: National Geographic Adventure Blog. Recovered from: http://adventureblog.nationalgeographic.com/2014/03/30/why-we-climb-piolet-dor-honorees-on-the-value-of-a-life-in-the-mountains/ on April 14, 2014.