Mountains to Climb


During our road trip to Alaska, we passed through countless miles of beautiful terrain.  The mountains were simply gorgeous, and when I wasn’t driving, I spent long moments examining the rough rock, the lush forests, the snow capped peaks, and always the same questions came to mind.

Why am I so attracted to these mammoth hills?  Why do I feel drawn to move up them?  I look at a mountain like the one pictured above, which happens to be near out new home, and my first thought is to just take a walk and climb to the top.

Physically, I know it’s unlikely that I could just walk to the summit.  The years have decreased my strength prowess and I never really was a mountain climber.  I’ve done some climbing walls, but  the first “real” trek I attempted was at the age of 60.  I climbed to 13,300 feet of a 14er and when I reached a very large boulder field, I knew I had found my personal summit for that day.

And yet, I am continually drawn to the mountains.  Their height, their strength, their majesty speaks to me.  I have decided that while in Alaska and I have access to climbing possibilities right in my back yard, I am going to condition myself to climb as high as possible while I can.  And even if my body doesn’t cooperate, I will visualize myself standing on each peak, touching the heavens and surveying the entire Universe.


About davidgrant2016

Retired teacher. 33 1/2 years experience in public schools at middle and high school levels. Trained in English and special education. Taught basic writing skills for 5 years at community college level. Practiced writing all my life in a variety of forms - poetry, short story, essay, novel. Currently living in Florida, absorbing the beauty of this piece of paradise, supporting my wife as she continues her teaching career and making this portion of my life the most awesome it can be.
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