Messner: "For me, imagination is more important in climbing than..."

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“Climbing for me is more than a sport,” writes mountaineering legend Reinhold Messner in his latest book, My Life at the Limit. “Climbing is all about freedom, the freedom to go beyond all the rules and take a chance, to experience something new, to gain insight into human nature… For me, imagination is more important in climbing than muscle or daredevil antics.”

I like how the author points out points out that,

In the 21st century, it is painfully obvious that genuine exploration is an endeavor of finite geographic proportions— there’s no way to turn back the clock and re-discover the route to the summit of Everest, for instance.

to stress Messner's point of:

“Adventure has to do with private, personal experiences,” Messner says. “But, the possibilities, there are millions of unclimbed mountains—I have seen in the Eastern part of Tibet, mountains 6,000 – 6500 meters high, vertical walls twice as tall as the Eiger… but nobody is going there, because they aren’t 8,000 meter peaks.”

Here's to all those unclimbed peaks out there.

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